(Closed) when to cut the guest list off?!?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1696 posts
Bumble bee

Welcome to the board, @56lauren! I am not sure the answer really matters, but is it you that has the fourteen grandchildren? Or is it your parents — meaning you have fourteen nieces, nephews, sons and daughters all combined, plus an additional four grand-nieces?

In general, you cut the guest list where you choose, and then apply that rule consistently. You should not differentiate, however, between adoptive children and non-adoptive children, or between step-children and non-step children. So if you choose not to invite grand-neices, simply do not invite any of them. Or if you choose to invite only people you regularly visit with, and not people who have grown distant, make that rule. Just be careful that you are not asking — at a wedding! — for guests to choose between their loyalty to the family they married into, that is, their step-children; and their loyalty to their birth family! At a wedding of all events, they should choose the former!

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