(Closed) Officiant Invite to Reception

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5669 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2633 posts
Sugar bee

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
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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 🙂

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