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Response: More and more receptions today are alcohol-free or only a very limited amount of alcohol is served, such as a champagne toast. There are a couple of reasons for the trend. One is the prohibitive cost of alcohol. The other is the liability involved. In addition, nothing ruins a lovely reception like a few inebriated guests who act like jerks. How does your fiance feel about serving alcohol? Is it something that is important to him, or is he just going along with your desires when he would prefer that it not be served? If he is uncomfortable with it being served, you need to consider his feelings.

Instead of having two receptions the same day, which would be odd, your parents, if they approve of alcohol, might hold an after party after the reception. An after party is a separate event to which only a portion of the guests are invited. Such parties are often held for out of town family to continue to celebrate together. Your parents or someone other than you and the groom would host the party and it would be held at a different location than the original reception. The hosts invite the guests, so they could choose not to invite the grooms parents. Once you talk with your fiance about his desires, you will have a better idea of how to proceed. Remember that his parents will be part of your life from now on, so you wont want to start your relationship the wrong way.

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