Post # 1
i have a question. Did you or are you planning to invite your officient to your wedding reception ?
my mom asked me if I was and that I should, but it never crossed my mind before. Is this proper etiquette. We don’t really know our officient and I don’t know if it is customary to invite them
Post # 4
No. She stayed for a bit at cocktail hour and then left. But we hired her as a civil celebrant, and had no other personal relationship with her outside the business relationship. Some people invite ministers/priests/pastors/etc they have known their entire lives. If you don’t have that, no reason to invite her.
Post # 5
I did invite him to both the rehearsal dinner and the reception, he politely declined both. I even invited his wife to both, yet she was in bad health so she didnt come to anything.
Post # 6
Yes we did and planned too whomever we hired. We ended up using a lady friend of my husband’s, we invited her girlfriend also.
Post # 7
Yes we did. We met with both our pastor and his wife several times prior to our wedding for “counseling.” We love them both, and asked them to the rehearsal and reception dinners.
Around here (WI), I think it is customary to invite your officiant to your reception dinner. Many of them say the prayer before the meal. I know that’s the traditional view, and by no means do I think it’s the final word on etiquette for this question. Just giving you another viewpoint. 😉
Post # 8
We will probably be having two officiants (My pastor and his daughter who is also a pastor/leader), we will definitely be inviting them but I have known them my entire life and aside from being wonderful leaders they are like family to me so I would invite them anyway. However if I didn’t know the person I’m not sure we would, maybe just out of courtesy.
Post # 9
Yes, as I have always understood this to be the standard practice. He did not come; apparently it is rare for the priest to actually attend the reception. He did at my sister’s wedding, but he was in from out of town, covering for the regular priest, so he probably was bored and had nothing better to do.
In our case, we had never met the priest before, and we were really upset with the parish where we got married because they pretty much made it a nightmare. But we still invited him; it’s what you do.
Post # 10
Yes, we invited my pastor (the officiant) and we actually invited DH’s priest as well as he also helped us prepare for the wedding. However, we have personal relationships with both.
Post # 11
we will. our wedding will be officiated by a friend.
Post # 12
We invited our officiant and his wife to both the rehearsal dinner and the reception (According to Emily Post that is the proper etiquette, I dunno). He wasn’t able to come to either.
Post # 13
Around here it is customary to invite the officient to the wedding, and unless the person has a personal relationship with you, it is customary for the person to decline. It’s just one of those things, haha. For us, we used a close friend of the family, so even had he not officiated the wedding he would have still been invited, so we did’t have to think about it.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
It is proper etiquette to invite the officiant (and spouse). They generally decline.
Post # 15
@Luvinlife: Yes, we invited ours but he declined.
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