Post # 1
Can someone help me figure this out: Are we supposed to invite our officiant to the reception? Let me say that we have no prior connection to this person except for they were the one available at the church we wanted to get married in. We don’t plan on having a blessing or anything like that during the reception. Are we supposed to invite them? If Yes, do we allow a guest? How do you invite them, invitation, word of mouth, etc?
Post # 3
I didn’t invite our priest to the reception. We are getting married at a different church than our own and I don’t really know the priest who is marrying us that well.
Post # 4
I wish I had advice because I’m in the same situation. We don’t know our officiant, but we’re inviting him, at this point all I’ve done is a word of mouth invite.
Post # 5
since our officiant is a relative, we’re inviting him. however, I’d say that if you’re having the reception at the church, then yes, you should, since it’s his church. otherwise…. flip a coin.
To me, it would be polite and respectful, since he’s performing the ceremony and you’re using his church. Despite the fact he’s a stranger, he’s doing you a kindness by marrying you two.
Personally, i’d invite him and offer the ability to bring a guest, which would probably be his wife.
Post # 6
Yep, over here you invite the priest, and he sits at the top table! I’m just happy I don’t have to spring for a bed for the night for the man!
Post # 7
I don’t know about an official invite, but you can ask him if he would like to attend the reception. What my family usually does is A) Invite them to the reception…they usually leave right after dinner or B) Don’t invite them but have food prepared and boxed for the pastor to take with him. We are big believer sin Southern hospitality and for the South, especially the Carolinas…that means plying everyone in a 10 mile radius with food and drink…LOL
Post # 8
We are having 3 officiants at our wedding – that’s another post 🙂
One is my uncle, one is Mr. Madtown’s father’s partner (a minister) and one is the minister of the church in which we’re getting married. Obviously my uncle and Mr’s dad’s partner are invited to dinner. We also invited the minister of the church. I guess I thought it was the right thing to do 🙂