Tips to Tell You Who’s Invited to What

Tips to Tell You Who’s Invited to What

The wedding planning process is full of fun pre-wedding activities for you, friends and family.You’re right to focus on the wedding.However, it is equally important to remember that you will also need to create guest lists for other celebrations.Truth be told,deciding who to invite to what celebrations can be a bit tricky.

To help you out,we’ve put together a simple categorization of wedding events and a general guide to let you know who is invited to what event.Remember, your wedding is about what makes you happy.So personalize this list to fit your wedding.

Bridal Party 

The bridal party often refers to the bride’s attendants such as the maid of honor or bridesmaids.

Wedding Party 

The wedding party refers to all attendants: maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearer and/or flower girl.


Family includes your side of the family and your future spouse’s side of the family. You may invite more or less of each depending on the size of the event.

Close Family Members 

This usually means the bride and groom’s immediate family, such as parents and siblings.Some people may have an aunt or cousin whom they consider close.It all depends on your relationship with the person.


Friends can be childhood besties, college buddies, coworkers, longtime neighbors, etc. This category is big for a reason!

Out of Town Guests 

Some of your guests may be traveling long distances for your wedding. Many couples choose to invite them to the rehearsal dinner or brunch as a thoughtful gesture.


This includes the people you invite, who may not fall into a particular category: colleagues, bosses, parents’ friends, business associates, and so on.


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