(Closed) FMIL wants people invited just so they can "see the invitation"

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Tell her if they want to *see* it, she can show them her’s. 


Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Do not send. She can email out a photo of the invite at a later date – hahha!

I will be sending invites to a handful of people I am 95% sure can’t make it. But these are people that are close to me, that I feel it’s courtesy to give an actual invite, and would be thrilled if they surprised me with a yes.

Do not not not send invites to people you wouldn’t want to have show up. A distant manicurist?!?

Post # 4
3607 posts
Sugar bee

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EMDEsq:  Inviting people just so they can “see the invitation” aka be compelled to give you gifts? Inviting FMIL’s manicurist, of all people? So much no.

Tell her in polite but no uncertain terms that (1) you’re not comfortable with people who don’t even know you feeling compelled to give you gifts; (2) you don’t have the budget to host them should they choose to attend (and if they were invited, they wouldn’t be in the wrong for attending); and (3) she can show them a picture of the invitation on her phone.

If, by any chance, you were considering giving her one extra invitation card with no envelope or RSVP card so she can physically show it to people, she may photocopy it and send it to the people she wants without your approval. There was a thread on here a few months ago about another bee’s Future Mother-In-Law who did something like that (the couple gave her X number of invitations based on the number of guests they allotted to her; she photocopied the invitations so she could send them to a much greater number of people). You didn’t bring that up, but I wanted to mention it anyway.

Post # 5
1066 posts
Bumble bee

My Mother-In-Law wants to do the same thing, send inviations to her aunts and uncles/extended family across the country just so they feel special, not because they’re actually invited. Fiance can’t identify most names she brought up either. We had to tell her that this wedding is about my Fiance and I and we only want people there that are important to us. There were tears shed because she was hurt that the family that is important to her isn’t important to my Fiance, she offered to pay for the extra invitations but I was adament that we would not be inviting people who are not on the guest list. In the end I offered to send these people wedding announcements after the fact so that they feel included but it doesn’t interfere with the actual wedding which I thought was a good compromise.

Post # 6
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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EMDEsq:  Don’t send invitations to anyone you wouldn’t be ok with attending your wedding. Plain and simple.

I gave my mom an extra Save the Date and she’ll get an extra invitation to be able to show people. But you do not mail out invitations to “show” people…. LOL… what are you supposed to do? Write VOID or “*not an actual invitation* across it?

I’m in Texas and never expected my uncle in MONTANA would come…. but he’s already booked their hotel! So you just can’t count people in or out until RSVP’s come in, and then I’m sure there will still be changes. 

Post # 7
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

mail it to 32 people just to SEE the invite.. I guarantee they will think that is a invite! She can take a photo of hers and show people

Post # 8
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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EMDEsq:  Your post could have been written by me two years ago. My Mother-In-Law wanted to send approximately 15 invites to people she guaranteed would not be able to come due to financial and logistical restrictions, saying it was a courtesy invite “just to be polite”, but also so we could get extra gifts. I was extremely hesitant but they were her long-distance family members and she was swearing that they would not attend, so we went ahead with it. There were two outcomes:

1. Several of the people DID attend, and did not give gifts due to the previously mentioned financial struggles. This stretched our numbers pretty tight.

2. Those that did not attend did not gift us (I would never have expected them to)

So long story short, don’t invite more people than you can comfortably afford & accomodate. 

Post # 9
340 posts
Helper bee

No. No. No. No….no. That’s just rude imo to send someone an invite and say oh its not real I just wanted you too see it…you don’t even know these people. She can show them hers or dhow them a phone picture

Post # 10
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

In some cultures they also send out announcements, for those not invited usually due to distance. Suggest that she buy announcements to match your invitations and then she can feel free to send them to her manicurist or whoever. I wouldn’t worry about the gifts thing, it won’t reflect badly on you, just her.

Post # 11
1352 posts
Bumble bee

I think your Fiance should mediate here. Her request is unreasonable. How does she know that they won’t actually attend? My Future Mother-In-Law wants an extra invitation for FI’s grandparents who are too ill to travel to the wedding. I totally understand that. But I really don’t think that her manicurist cares at all about her clients’ sons’ wedding invitation. Inviting an extra 32 people just creates too big a risk that they will actually attend and destroy your budget. Plus it’s just rude to invite people without actually wanting or expecting them to attend. And I won’t even get into the gift thing. I’m sure your Future Mother-In-Law is just really excited and not trying to be rude, but you and your Fiance need to put your foot down on this one. 

Post # 12
4037 posts
Honey bee

My daughter’s Mother-In-Law is really close to her church “family.” She wanted to send invitations to 100 of them and said they wouldn’t come; the wedding was 3.5 hours from their home city. We didn’t send them. The venue only held 100 people, to begin with, and I doubt the groom had even met almost all of those people. I told her she was welcome to mail them announcements, after the wedding.

The MIL’s mother wanted invitations sent to her friends. She insisted they told her that they wanted to send gifts, so they should receive invitations. I told my daughter it seemed gift greedy, since the ladies were 75+ and wouldn’t travel 3.5 hours, to a wedding. We sent 4 save the dates and Etsy (handmade invitations/handmade paper) to those friends. Cost plus postage $50 and only 1 RSVPd; gifts zilch.  They should have just gotten announcements, like the church friends.

Post # 13
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Tell her you will be glad to give her any extras after the wedding.  Her idea is a recipe for disaster. 

Post # 14
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Is your invitation so extraordinary that these people will have never seen anything like it? 

I would NOT send 32 invitations to these extra people. If there are any on the list that you know are close friends of hers, then perhaps you could consider one or a few extra invites. One way to explain to her may be that you want a more intimate reception with only YOUR closest family and friends, or if you explain your budgets, space restrictions and costs to her specificially perhaps she could understand. 

Back to your invitation: Is there a photo on it or something that makes it special? If so, maybe you could print 32 copies of the photo out and let her mail it to her friends instead. 


….and I agree with you, fishing for gifts is just ugly. 

Post # 15
9391 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I just wanna say… this is 100% my parents wedding.  My grandparents live in a small town in Spain, and paid and planned the entire thing (my parents were still in the USA–they flew over for the wedding… my mom just bought the gown).  Half the guest list were friends of my grandparents… the other half my dad’s friends… my parents reportedly recieved at least $20k worth of gifts from all of my grandparents friends.

So I’m just saying, it’s not totally untraditional.

That said, I wouldn’t do it if I were you!!  Way too dangerous they might come and you’ll end up paying a lot more, and have a lot of extra people at your wedding who you don’t even know.

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