(Closed) invite minister to reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are having a 4pm ceremony with a  six thirty reception, we are inviting our oficiant. Everything that I have read says that’s the right thing to do. Would love to know if I didn’t have to (could really use two less at dinner) but my Nana says that we should, and if Nana say’s it’s so then it must be. We are putting him to work at the reception though he’s saying grace and doing a re-affermation of the married couples vows. 

Post # 4
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think tradition says you should invite them, yes. 

Post # 5
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My answer is yes, no and maybe.  Traditionally you are supposed to invite them.  However in the day and age of expensive per person dinners, not everyone does it.  Ultimately I’d decide based on how close you are to the minister.  If you attend his church regularly it would be nice if you are able to afford inviting him and his wife, but if he’s someone you met while looking for an officiant then I’d say it’s fine to forego an invite.

Post # 6
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not inviting mine, but he is only being hired out for the rehearsal/ceremony. He is not anyone that we are associated with otherwise, and I honestly don’t think he expects it. But if I were close to him, I would of course invite him.

Post # 7
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We won’t know our officiant from the hole in the ground, and we too have a gap between ceremony & reception (2-3 hours). We won’t be inviting him/her to the reception.

HOWEVER, if you grew up with this minister, and you still go to church with him, etc. etc. etc., then I would probably invite him/her. We’ll likely never see our officiant again, so we really don’t care.

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