My fiancé does not drink alcohol, and we will not be offering any at our reception. But our families won't stop complaining and making comments. Is there any way we can get them to respect our wishes?
What to serve at your event is ultimately your decision, and it’s fine to forgo liquor. Some people make this choice due to their religious or cultural beliefs; others because of a complicated history with alcohol; others due to budget. Nevertheless, your guests’ comfort should be a primary concern. Given that both families are unhappy, you may want to rethink your decision and offer a champagne toast. Also, be aware that even though your reception is “dry,” some folks may seek out and find (or sneak in) alcoholic beverages. (It’s fairly easy to do in a hotel or restaurant.) If this happens, ignore your guests’ choice—don’t confront anyone or get upset.