Ask the Editor: Can You Invite Guests to Just the Reception?

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Can people be invited to just the ceremony or reception, but not both? Risa, Austin, TX

This question comes up most often for those having a destination wedding. While it is problematic to invite many people to your wedding, but much less to your reception, it is generally fine to invite more people to your reception than to your ceremony. If you are trying to save costs by inviting fewer people to your reception, you also need to cut down the number of people attending the ceremony. Otherwise, it is a bit like inviting people over to a birthday party, accepting their gift, and kicking them out before the cake is served. The exception is inviting children to the ceremony but not the reception, which is socially acceptable, but might invite an entirely new set of issues.

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