Many years ago when the wife and I were still active we attended a friends wedding reception at a top class licensed restaurant in the CBD ,we were close friends with the bride and her family .Apparently the grooms parents decided it was going to be a dry reception with no alcohol to be served.
As i said we were close friends with the brides parents an elder & " elderette" and they certainly liked a drink or two or three etc.
I asked the bartender for a drink for my wife & myself and was told it was a dry session & no alcohol was to be served as the grooms father was putting the bill.
So I said to the bartender I am quite happy to pay my own way for the drinks regardless ,so i got served while everybody else had to sit through a dry session.
And these were well off people trying to make a statement .