(Closed) Too Many Wedding Guests

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

That sucks. I tend to agree with the argument that some people have that it’s rude to invite people to the dance only and make them pay for their drinks because it does come across that they aren’t good enough to witness what is the most important part of the day which is the ceremony. While some people don’t have a problem with that, it is a breach of etiquette and people are rightfully offended by it even if not everyone is, due to how lax society has become over the decades. If the couple wants a huge guest list but can’t afford dinner for everyone, a better idea would be to invite everyone to the ceremony then at the reception, skip dinner, have the reception at a non-meal time so a full meal is not required and serve whatever they can afford, be that just cake and coffee/lemonade or whatever. They could also look into local restaurant catering (Popeye’s and Boston Market even have full service catering). Either way, alot of people do find it rude to pay for their own drinks. The etiquette books (which are totally different from tradition) are written to avoid awkward social situations such as this and they say that the hosts (the couple who is getting married and paying) provides what they can afford for the invited guests and sends out announcements to anyone who isn’t invited.

That said, the bride in the first scenario obviously doesn’t continue to value your friendship as much as you do hers. It’s understandable to be upset, given the fact that she grew up in your home and promised an invite but at some point, you need to accept that she doesn’t respect that relationship anymore and thus move on.


Post # 4
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Having an ‘evening do’, to which you invite people who you couldn’t accommodate for number/cost reasons to the main reception, is really common in the UK.  There is generally a buffet supper put on for all guests at around 9/10pm so that people invited to the evening part only do get fed. It’s generally for work colleagues/acquaintances, particularly when the reception numbers are quite small.

I found it pretty strange when I first moved here, and I’m not having one for my wedding because I wasn’t really comfortable with it (as it’s unheard of in Australia, where I’m from).

But as it’s a tradition here, I wouldn’t be offended to be invited to the evening portion of a wedding of, say, a coworker — especially if they had fewer than 100 guests to the actual reception. If it were a 200 person reception, I might feel differently!


Post # 5
1205 posts
Bumble bee

I think the 2nd party is a good idea. I would have been hurt too.  Fiance and I made a rule:  Once we tell/invite/decide on a person on the list, it stands. 

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