(Closed) Aunts step children?

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I say don’t invite them. They’d be a huge percentage of the guest list. I’m sure she’ll be more upset about it than they will be.

ETA – I don’t think you must explain your choice to her – just don’t send then invitations. But if she does ask, you can be honest and say no, you don’t have the same relationship with them as you do with your cousins. How could you? They’re new to the family!

Post # 5
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

No, it’s not the same.  And if she thinks it is, she’s crazy.  If she doesn’t like that you didn’t invite her (complete stranger) step-children, she can either attend your wedding and keep her yap shut, or she can decline.

Post # 6
674 posts
Busy bee

@Snoopadoop: I don’t suggest forwarding the list to her. If she doesn’t understand why you wouldn’t have a relationship with a family she just married into, she’s not being rational about it.

The best advice is to simply tell her that your wedding will be very small and you cannot accommodate them. If you send her the list, you are inviting her to rearrange it as she sees fit. Plenty of brides have experienced the same kind of issues when they say they have a limited budget, guests who feel they have the right to invite other guests then invite themselves to be part host and contribute to the costs of boosting the list. It’s best to be firm, polite, and just stick to the facts.

Post # 7
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wait, why are yousending her your guest list? It’s none of her business. The only thing that is her business is wether shes invited or not and unless you know all of these adult step children well, there is absolutely no need to invite them. If she doesn’t like it she can decline. 

Post # 8
3303 posts
Sugar bee

Tell her you don’t have the space. Sorry!

Post # 9
2603 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t invite them; don’t explain it to her; and prepare for the fact that she may not attend in protest. Not saying she’s right, just that it is her right (as it’s yours to leave them off your guest list).

Post # 12
34 posts
  • Wedding: July 1994

Being a step mom, for 18 years, even I say no!!  You don’t know them that well do you?  An intimate wedding is just that for those you are “closest” not those related to those of someone whom in the future you might become closer with! HAHA.  Besides, I would take a guess that even if you did actually invite them, being they are adult step children, they probably wouldn’t come anyway — especially if they don’t really know you.


Post # 14
3488 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

hehehe….tell your aunt her step kids aren’t invited…..hopefully she’ll be soo miffed that her  and her biological children  won’t come out of protest!! that way you’ll have plenty of room for the guests your Future Mother-In-Law and dad just added!!!


Post # 15
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

What part of “maximum number at venue” don’t these people understand? :)-

We split up our guest list with 25 for each family, and since I sent out the invites, no one’s over inviting. Figure out how many friends you want (5, 10, whatever number), then tell your parents- you have XX number of people you can invite. That is all. Cut your list or I decide. Have Fiance do the same.

Re: your Aunt- like LibertyBelle said- “If she doesn’t understand why you wouldn’t have a relationship with a family she just married into, she’s not being rational about it.” My Stepmom’s been in my Dad’s life for over 20 years. I love her and we get along great- but her children/family aren’t invited to my wedding.

Send these invites out ASAP- and tell people it’s done, no more. Good Luck! 

Post # 16
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Snoopadoop:  we had almost the same problem!! We only invited my husbands uncle and his new wife.  She has 2 (problem kids) that do not even live with her, she does not have costody of them and she rsvped for like 5 people….. 

My mother in law took care of it, asked who the extra people where, she said the 2 kids and one of the kids (who is 16 years old) boyfriends would come.  My mother in law said no the boyfriend is not invited, that is not appropriate, this is a small family wedding, she then offered to pay for the boyfriend. SO NOT APPROPRIATE thank god my Mother-In-Law said NO so then the 16 year old did not want to come. 

The other kid and the wife ended up coming to the wedding but what really pissed me off was that they left, i guess maybe before dinner?  They didnt even say a word to my husband or me, no congrats or anything, i didnt even know they were there until I said something a week later about them not showing up. My husbands parents said they came and then left…… What a waste…

If I were you I would say NO sorry they are not invited we are only having immidiate family at our small wedding, sorry…..

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