So going to a destination wedding (~2 hr flight minimum for most guests) at a really swanky 4-5 star resort. We are invited to reception only as I’m guessing the couple want the ceremony more intimate. I find out a week before the wedding that the reception is dry. I understand religious, cultural and even financial reasons, but the reason he gave was that the bride doesn’t like how loud the groom (my friend) is when he gets drunk. He is not belligerent or rude at all, just loud lol. Both their groups of friends do enjoy social drinking on weekends. And he wants alcohol to be served but his bride ultimately won out.
I will be attending the wedding because I RSVPd yes. But it is such a bummer to spend close to $1000 for flights, hotel, gifts, travel expenses not to be properly hosted at a super fancy resort.
Also he told me that there is a hotel bar 5 mins from the reception venue where we can all gather and buy drinks. So like a cash bar that’s further away?! Also drinks at the bar will probably run $15-$20 since the place is fancy/formal.