(Closed) Inviting Parents of Bridesmaids

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Only if you want to.  You don’t have to invite them.

Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ared: Unless you are close with them and would want them at the wedding, I’d say no.

We are only inviting the parents of one of our attendants and that is because Fiance and I are also close to the parents.

Post # 4
46421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Only if you would otherwise normally invite them e.g if they are close family friends. If you have no connection to them other than being friends with their child, there is no obligation to invite them.

Post # 5
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Nah you don’t need to. We’re inviting the parents of our Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, but only because we are very close to both sets of parents.

Post # 6
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Nope, we invited the parents of my Maid/Matron of Honor and 1 Bridesmaid or Best Man but only because we are close to them.

Post # 7
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@ared: I invited my best friend’s parents because I’m close with them. On my best friend’s wedding day, she felt bad that she forgot to invite my parents. I made sure to invite hers to ours. Since her mom works in the banking industry, they had a three day weekend, so the wedding fit right into it. We invited them to the rehearsal dinner as well. For us, it worked out great. Also, my other bridesmaid took her mom along as her date because she just began dating her boyfriend. In our case, it was great to have those parents there. We’re not terribly close to our groomsmen’s parents, but it didn’t seem like a bad omission.

Post # 8
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well most of our Bms are family so yes their parents are invited but only my MOH’s parents are invited and not my other non family bms

Post # 9
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The only parents of friends I’m inviting are 2 of my bridesmaids parents. I grew up with them and they are in town, so I want them there. I can’t afford to have everyone’s parents there, no matter how close I am, but it just so happened that I’m closest with these parents. I’ve spent a LOT of time at their houses! My Maid/Matron of Honor and my other Bridesmaid or Best Man, I’ve never met their parents, and they are Out of Town.

Post # 10
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

When I was a bridesmaid, my friend the bride allowed parents to come to the ceremony only. It was made clear that the reception was for family only.

I told my mother “Sadly the reception guest list has been decided on. It is family only but you are more then welcomed to the ceremony to see me”

She happily came and gave a gift.

Hope it works out for you!

Now that I am a bride, none of the parents of my bridal party have asked to come but would be welcomed at the ceremony only. One is coming to the reception but that is because we’ve had a long term relatioinship with them. Everyone else is on a “hi and bye” term.

Post # 11
241 posts
Helper bee

I am inviting the ones that I have known since being very young and spent a lot of time with over the years.

Post # 12
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Unless you are good friends with them and want them there for that reason.  But I never heard of just inviting the parents of the bridesmaid/groomsmen. 

I know I am inviting a couple parents just because they are good friends on the family as well.

Post # 13
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re inviting the parents of some of the groomsmen (two of my FI’s best friends) because they’re so close to my Fiance.  I’ve met one set of parents and like them.  

The others? Nope, not gonna be inviting ’em.  

Post # 14
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are but in all reality only one Bridesmaid or Best Man is not family and we are inviting her mom. My Maid/Matron of Honor both parents are passed on.  My JR Bridesmaid or Best Man is my niece so my brother is invited and her mom is invited.  FI’s groomsmen are his brothers and nephew so yes the spouses and children are invited

Post # 15
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with all of the PPs.  It would certainly be nice to invite the parents who drove you and Bridesmaid or Best Man to the mall all those years before you had a license.  So if you grew up around the parents or are close to them, then I’d absolutely invite them.  If not, there is no obligation to.

We invited my bff’s parents and FI’s bff’s parents, but that’s it for parents, unless they were related.

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