How to Handle People Who Are Not Invited to Our Wedding


When people know that you are engaged and planning your wedding, they tend to constantly ask questions about your upcoming nuptials and how all of your preparations are coming along. One of the most awkward questions someone can ask you is where their wedding invitation is, or why they have not received it. When you are not planning to invite them, prepare yourself in advance by having a response ready.

  • Explain that you are having a 'small wedding,' with just family and close friends. The number of guests that attend a 'small wedding' can vary dramatically according to every couple, so don't worry if you are actually having 150 people attend your wedding.

  • Avoid answering the question when possible, if your wedding is still a few months away. Chances are, if you're not inviting the person to your wedding, you are probably not very close with them, so hopefully they will figure it out on their own. They will get the hint eventually when they do not receive an invitation.

  • Task someone else with telling them they are not invited. For example, if your friend's roommate that you are not close with, keeps asking for her invitation to your wedding, ask you friend to talk to her for you. This will make the situation much less awkward, because you will not have to come right out and tell her that she is not invited.

  • Blame the distance for not inviting someone from out-of-town or if you are having a destination wedding. Tell the person that you didn't want them to feel like they had to spend both the travel time and the amount of money that attending your wedding would cost them. If you make their missing invitation seem like an act of not wanting to impose your wedding on them, they will be less likely to get offended.

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