You need to plan an alcohol free wedding?! First, our sympathies! And cue the wails from your sharaabi friends. Don’t worry! We have a fool-proof plan to keep your friends happy and the older family members clueless.
1. Forewarned is forearmed
Warn your friends and family beforehand that there’s no alcohol at the wedding. You don’t want to be embarrassed in front of your grandmother with queries like, “Bar kahaan hai?” Instead, tell them that you have made *ahem* discreet arrangements.
2. Rope in your siblings
Nominate a ‘responsible’ cousin (siblings are usually too busy running around) to carry the supplies to the party. Any time a friend comes up to you, tell them to contact him/her for a good time *wink*.
3. Yes, there’s car-o-bar!
What’s a wedding without car-o-bar? Get your party starter cousins and friends together. They’ll keep each other company all night long!
4. A liquid ‘welcome’ gift?
Why not? Send out stealthily wrapped quarters of your poison of choice to your sharaabi friends and family’s rooms as they arrive for the wedding.
Send a hip flask and a chottu daaru bottle to the ones you know absolutely can’t live without their tipple.
5. Wedding favours bhi yahi!
Pre-gaming and after parties are your secret weapons. If you keep the booze flowing, trust us, no one will complain.
6. Abhi to party shuru hui hai!
7. Prep the mocktail bar
You know they are going to adulterate your pristine mocktails. So get some drinks and mixers - orange juice, soda, fizzy drinks etc - on the bar menu that go well with booze. Bonus: no one will guess that they are not being drunk ‘neat’!
If there is room for negotiation, plan at least one ceremony where you can have an open bar. A reception or Bollywood night have no religious ceremonies attached to them, so these are perfect.
8. Ek baar to kar lo!
9. Establish a control room
Yes, that’s what it’s called. Keep aside one room for your sharaabi guests, stock it with all sorts of alcohol, mixers and snacks, and make everyone happy!
The venue doesn’t allow alcohol? Smuggle in a punch in individual bottles. If the management asks, just say (with a straight face), “It’s our ghar ka traditional welcome drink.”
10. Ye to hamara traditional sharbat hai!
11. And the password is ‘swordfish’!
If you feel capable of pulling off an intrigue, ask the barman to discreetly stock up on alcohol. And instruct him to dole out ‘firewater’ only to those guests who have the correct password!
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Published on Jan 05, 2016