Post # 1
My parents have been divorced for 10 years, and I would like both of them to walk me down the aisle. The are both stubborn, very irrational, and immature. Relieved, my mom actually agreed. Unfortunately, my dad refused because he does not even want to see my mom’s face. He said he would not give in to my request because it’s his role, tradition, etc. (I’m not sure if I should mention this, but he was not very involved in raising me at all. I wanted my mom to walk me because she did raise me, and I wanted my dad to walk me because he still is my dad.) Before he hung up on me and said to never call him again, he said to send his invitations to his guests and tell them he is not coming. (I had to order 2 sets of invitations because he didn’t like how his name was underneath my mom’s name.)
Long story short: What do you do when a divorced parent is not attending the wedding anymore, but the parent’s guests have already received a save the date? Do you still send them a wedding invitation? Do I have to find their numbers and tell them he’s not attending? (We do NOT know these guests.)
Post # 3
I think that your dad is being horribly immature! He is going to regret not being at his daughter’s wedding for such a STUPID reason.
As for the friends, I’m guessing that your dad is going to be vocal with them and let them know that he isn’t going to the wedding so I don’t think you have to worry about them coming.
Post # 4
I think it’s your father’s responsibility to contact his own guests and let them know that he will not be there. You do still need to send them invitations if you sent a save the date, though.
I’m sorry he’s being so childish about this. I’m sure that is hurtful but honestly you may be able to enjoy yourself more the day of because you won’t have to worry about immature parent drama. Again, so sorry this happened! Good luck with all of this.
Post # 5
Thank you so much for your response. Just to be clarify, I should send out the invitations, correct?
Post # 6
Yes, do send out the invitations but hold out on letting them know that your dad is not coming. He *MAY* change his mind and you don’t want to tell them and they come/don’t come and then see/hear that he did/didn’t show up (hope you understand all the slashes!)
Post # 7
@bRooklynRocks: that’s exactly why I think that it should be her dad’s responsibility to contact his own friends – then she has nothing to do with it and doesn’t have to take on the added responsibility/task of letting them know that he IS coming if he changes his mind later.
IMO if he is going to be a child about it and flip-flop between coming and not coming, then he needs to keep his people posted. OP, I’m sure you have enough crap to deal with without taking on your father’s responsibilities!
Post # 8
I would certainly send out the invitations. Your dad may very well have a change of heart and decide to attend. How very sad for him if he doesn’t. I’m sorry for his immaturity….don’t let it ruin the joy of your wedding plannin.g
Post # 9
I can’t believe you had to print two sets of invitations. Your dad sounds very immature and childish, personally I wouldn’t want him to walk me down the aisle after all this, genetics or not.
That aside, yes, do send out the invites. His guests can choose whether or not to attend.
Post # 10
First of all, if you are issuing the invitations and are hosting the wedding yourself, then these are *your* guests even if you are only inviting them because your father asked you to. They’re only “his” guests if the invitation is issued in his name. Drama such as you are being subjected to is more common than you would like to imagine, and that is one reason why co-hosting and ambiguous non-hosting arrangements are frowned on in formal etiquette.
So, if your invitations say
“10910 Chicago, daughter of
Mr Dick Chicago
Mrs Smith Chicago
Chicagos Fiance, son of
Mr and Mrs John Fiance
request the pleasure of your company … “
then go ahead and send them to these people. The phrase “daughter of …” is still accurate even if your dad is being a, well, a ‘Dick’.
If on the other hand your invitations say
“Mr Dick Chicago
Mrs Smith Chicago
request the pleasure of your company at the wedding of their daughter
Chicagos Fiance, son of
Mr and Mrs John Fiance … “
then you really cannot send them out: he has let you know that he isn’t planning on hosting anything and you would be misrepresenting him if you sent an invitation suggesting that he was. You could simply strike out his name and pencil in an “s” after “request” on the invitations going to his friends and family, which would communicate very clearly the whole drama while maintaining a pretense of dignity — but don’t. Just don’t send invitations to these people. The correct way to follow up on “Save the Dates” if you will not be sending an invitaiton, is taken from the correct form for a cancelled event of any sort, including a called-off wedding: with a polite one-sentence notice stating:
“Mr Dick Chicago
regrets to announce that he will not be hosting a wedding reception
for his daughter 10910 and Mr Chicagos Fiance.”
Post # 11
@aspasia475: Unfortunately, although my invitations are version #2, we are actually hosting the wedding. I added my parents names to the invitation out of respect and because they wanted it there even though they are not hosting. It appears that I should write a one-liner to his guests. But there is a SLIGHT possibility that he’ll want to save face in front of his friends and will attend.
Post # 12
If it were me, I would probably send them out, because he may just get over himself, and actually attend. I wouldn’t worry one bit about explaining anything to the guests, since you are actually hosting your own wedding. It was very nice of you to respect your parents and even include their names. You are obviously more mature than your father. I hope he gets over himself and straightens out for your sakes. Best wishes.
Post # 13
I’d say send the invitations, and don’t mention that he isn’t coming. If he doesn’t tell them, and they show up and ask about him, just say that you’re so sorry he was unable to attend–no more details than that. It’s not up to you to be part of his drama.
Post # 14
Leave it be. Only invite the folks you absolutely want there and cannot imagine the day without. Parents’ guests whom you don’t know and don’t socialize with can attend a separate event hosted by your parents on a different date. You only get one wedding and it should be spent with your nearest and dearest, not random strangers who don’t care about you.
Post # 15
@10910chicago: First, if your dad decided to come at this point would you still want him too?
I’m going to disagree with most of the others. I say don’t send the invitations. You don’t know these people and without your father there to introduce you they will be strangers at your wedding. If it were me, I would try to contact these people, explain honestly and in a very mature manner that at this point your father will not be attending the wedding. I don’t think most of them will expect an invitation at this point. Be polite in explaining and don’t go into details – if your father wishes to share that, it’s up to him.
What her father has done is much ruder and more hurtful than telling a bunch of strangers you’ve never met they won’t be invited to the wedding.
One more thing, I am assuming in my response, at this point based on the fact your father was not part of raising you that you do not expect to have a relationship with him after all this. IF you want him at the wedding and you want a relationship than your first call should be to try to work things out with him. Personally, from what you described, I don’t think a healthy relationship would be possible with him, at least not at this time.