(Closed) Rabbi at reception

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We didn’t have a rabbi, but we did have a minister…  I had a hard time with this too though.  We ended up seating our minister and his wife with my husband’s grandparents.  It seemed like the best solution for us because they shared similar (traditional) beliefs.  They seemed to get along well.  Basically, I recommend finding someone they may have something in common with and put them there 🙂

P.S. I hope it was ok that I posted something here even though my husband and I aren’t Jewish.

Post # 4
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We invited our rabbi and his wife (we didn’t have a relationship with them prior to the wedding, we hired him for the wedding) but they didn’t end up coming–he stayed for the cocktail hour and then left, so it didn’t end up being an issue!

Post # 5
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

We invited our Rabbi and his wife – but they were longtime friends of ours – his wife didn’t wind up flying in but he stayed for the reception and we sat him with mutual friends

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We invited our rabbi, knowing that he couldn’t come b/c it was Purim so he had to head straight back to the temple.

But my thoughts on seating charts are that you just can’t make everyone happy, so try not to stress! Is he friendly with any of your other guests?

Post # 8
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we met the rabbi just through the planning process, as both of us werent from the city we got married in….we invited him and his wife…AND THEY DIDNT EVEN SEND IN THER RSVP!!!!! rude!

anywyas, suring one of the premarital meetings we had with him, I mentioned and asked if he would be joining us for dinner, and he said no but thank you. He had prior arrangements..which made it nice when planning the tables. But we did invite them as respect, but i seriously dont think they expect it. They conduct SO MANY weddings…could you imagine if they went to all of them?!

good luck! 

Post # 9
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We were told that it is polite to send an invitation to the rabbi and his wife, but that unless they were previously friends, they most likely would decline.  That was certainly the case for us.

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