Post # 1
I am getting married on September 7th.
I attend a church community group around 2 times a month and get along well with everyone there. My fiance did attend this group for about a year, but he stopped attending around 6 months ago.
The group seems to have people add/leave relatively often, but it is generally made up of:
4 married couples
1 engaged couple
3 “singles” (+ myself)
I am equally close to the majority of the group, except those who joined within the last month or so (2 married couples and 1 “single”). We are rather tight on space at our reception venue, and I didnt know if it would be rude to invite some of the group and leave out others. I want to leave out the newer people, but who knows if I might get closer to them in the next few months.
Another random thing: 1 of the “singles” will be leaving for the summer, but she will be returning right before the wedding. So, while I see her relatively often now, I will not see her in the 3 months leading up to the wedding. Should I still invite her?
What should I do?
Post # 2
Whatever you do, do not have your wedding in a park if you don’t invite her.
In all seriousness though, plan your wedding around who you sre close to now, because you might get closer to this person but you also might not. If you get a lot of declines you could maybe invite her closer to the date, if you want her to come.
Post # 3
I would invite anyone that you communicate with/hang out with outside of the group meeting. If that’s not everyone, I’m sure they will understand.
Post # 4
I couldn’t invite the entire worship team from my church and their spouses either, so, even though we essentially were one of the Church’s small groups, I only invited the people I was close to. (My DH and I were long distance for our entire relationship, so he didn’t really know any of my church friends.)
Then, as a prior poster suggested, I had a number of out of state family and some friends who could not attend. That allowed me to extend an invitation to some of those who I was not originally able to invite. They all understood and were still very happy to be invited. That may end up being your situation as well. For now, I would invite only those with whom you have a close relationship. And, yes, I would invite the close friend who will be away for a few months.