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Wedding Stationery: Who gets what?

Wedding Stationery: Who gets what?

The Bridal Shower
Who to Invite: The maid/matron of honor and bridesmaids. Also invite family members and friends from the bride’s side and the groom’s side. If you’re hosting a co-ed wedding shower, invite the best man, groomsmen and other male family and friends from both sides.

Who not to Invite: Anyone not invited to the wedding. Remember that anyone you invite to pre-wedding celebrations should be on the wedding guest list. However, you may find your coworkers want to throw you a work shower. Your coworkers do not need to be invited to the wedding unless you consider a few of them good friends, in which case they should already be on the guest list.

The Bachelorette Party
Who to Invite: The maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, friends and close family members (from both sides) should be invited to the bachelorette party.

Who not to Invite: Anyone you’re not comfortable having there. You are not required to invite mothers, aunts, coworkers or anyone else who you think might throw off the mood for the evening.

The Rehearsal Dinner
Who to Invite: The maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen. Also invite immediate family and out-of-town guests on the bride’s side and the groom’s side.

Who not to Invite: Remember that inviting spouses and children is optional so you will need to tell guests by word of mouth or on the rehearsal dinner invitations if they are invited. Extended family members or friends who are not a part of the wedding party are not typically invited to the rehearsal dinner.

The Wedding
Who to Invite: Family and friends (close and not-so-close). Friendly acquaintances are also acceptable if you have room (perhaps your hair stylist, neighbors, friends from church). Of course, if your parents are contributing financially to the wedding, you will need to remember their guest list as well.

Who not to Invite: Anyone you feel obligated to invite but don’t really want to invite. A “plus one” for your single friends is optional and should be dependent on the space and budget you’re working with. Also, remember that if you invited them to pre-wedding celebrations like the bridal shower, they should be invited to the wedding.

Gift Opening
Who to Invite: The wedding party and your immediate family (on both sides) may be invited to your gift opening. This event could be as few as the two of you and both sets of parents or as many as the wedding party and immediate family.

Who not to Invite: Anyone outside of the groups mentioned above. Of course, you can invite anyone you want to the gift opening but it’s better left small to create a more comfortable atmosphere for the two of you. Plus, guests aren’t always interested in a 2-hour gift-opening session anyway.