(Closed) Anyone else feel weird inviting family members you barely know?

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I invited a lot of random relatives I hardly knew, most of which didn’t come (they live abroad).  I guess it didn’t bother me because my parents knew them and I had at least heard their names my whole life, even if I hadn’t met them.  I guess if it was someone I didn’t even know existed, it would have been weird.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I think that because you’re inviting the rest of her family, it would be rude to not invite her. If she decides not to come b/c she doesn’t know you that well, then that’s up to her, but you at least did your part in trying to include her. I had a few family members invited to my wedding that I definitely hadn’t seen in years, but it was important to my mom that we invite them.

I don’t think it’s rude to invite her…it’s mainly to keep the peace and make sure she feels included since the rest of her family was.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I felt the same way, but not anymore. We moved around a lot when I was little and I’ve never spent much time with extended family. The first time I got married, I invited everyone in the family and the only cousins that showed up had their kids in tow (when they weren’t invited). I never received even a card from any of the others on my Mom’s side. I am now closer to two cousins on my Dad’s side and I am inviting them. We are having a small wedding (55 invited but only expecting about 35) and I realized that I have never been invited to any of my cousins’ (on my Mom’s side) weddings, graduations, birthday parties, etc. Why should I feel guilty about not inviting them to my very intimate wedding?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

It’s definitely not rude to invite her, but I can see why you have some hesitation. If you’re not running into major guest-list related budget issues, though, I think I would just invite her and put it out of your mind.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’d say invite her.  You might be surprised.  I had the same situation and while most of them couldn’t make it one of my dad’s cousins came all the way from Texas!  Turns out she had just decided she wanted to become closer with the family and make more effort.  My family was thrilled she came and everyone had a great time.  As an added bonus, she gave us a very generous gift.  I know it feels really weird, but I’d say go ahead and invite her. 

Post # 8
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207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Fiance is going through this.  He has family right in town that he never sees and kind of hopes won’t even show up but his mom wants to invite them so we will.  Check with you parents and see what they think.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Yeah, I’m in the same boat. We’re inviting an aunt and an uncle (and their grown children) that live in another state that I never see or talk to because if we don’t, Grandma will get an earful. Hopefully they won’t show. I agree with the above poster; run it by your parents and see what they say.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m not inviting family members I barely know…heck, I’m not even planning on inviting certain family members I DO know! Said individuals are in contact with some really toxic relatives of my dad’s who we haven’t spoken to in years, so they’ll get an announcement after the fact…we really don’t want to take the risk of having trashy second cousin “Prunella” show up uninvited, having her stepson’s unruly kids screaming, etc.

My parents back me up on it, 100 percent.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I’m inviting a ton of people like this. Not only have I never seen them more than once or twice, but I don’t even know their last names! lol This is because of my mom though. We can’t offend anyone. I go along with it because if I would offend someone, I would never hear the end of it, and I know they won’t show up anyways. I say invite her…but that’s just my opinion. It’s your day, so you can invite/not invite anyone you want. Best of Luck.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m really against having family members there I don’t know.  There are only 2 people I barely know who are coming – and that’s because my grandparents need someone to drive them to the Out of Town venue so we’re inviting my some cousins I’ve met about 2x.   I wouldn’t want to invite a huge group of people I don’t know…but in your circumstances, it’s probably easier to send that one invite and avoid the family drama.  If her parents and brother are coming, she probably won’t feel as awkward because there will be other people she knows.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i feel exactly the same way. i know my relatives but we haven’t spoken in YEARS!! i have decided to invite everyone but not do a save the date or anything like that and send the invites out 10 weeks before the wedding and if they can come, awesome! if not, I’m sorry, but hey I invited them.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

for my family, weddings and bar mitzvahs are the time when you get to know and meet your family. we’re having a small wedding so we don’t have this issue, but if we were having a bigger wedding, i know my guest list would be huge because my mom would include every single family member and friend that ever existed. and i’d be fine with it (if i was fine with a big wedding). i like meeting our family, and we have one of those families who’s willing to travel anywhere at any time for weddings. i think that’s nice.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I definitely have this problem. All my extended family members are old, too – like my mom’s cousins and all of this nonsense yet for some reason we HAVE to invite them. We invited a bunch of these type people to the engagement party and I swear all night I knew nobody’s name and couldn’t introduce my fiance to them. Terrible. I hadn’t seen most of them since I was very young so whatever – not my fault. I told my mom that would happen and so it did. At the wedding I’m not even going to bother.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m inviting my great aunts and uncles on my dad’s side–I know their names, but I certainly can’t match the names to the faces!  I’m not really worried because I’m not expecting any of them to come.  None of them have gone to any of my other cousins’ weddings, even the one right in the same city where they live.   But if they do, I’ll certainly need to be doing some research and asking for pictures so I can correctly identify them at the wedding! 

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