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Marry Me, Marry My Family
And keep a few things in mind when inviting guests.
Creating a guest list can be one of the most stressful aspects of planning your wedding, especially if there are family members who don’t always get along. You should feel comfortable compiling the guest list, but wedding experts warn against making a hasty decision to exclude someone.
“Try to be as considerate as possible. If you put yourself in the other person’s position, it will give you perspective,” says Mitzi Klatzkin, owner of Beautifully Detailed, an invitation and stationery store in Wilmington.
To invite or not to invite? It depends on the situation. Maybe Uncle Charlie tends to get loud when he drinks. Rather than exclude him from your special day, assign someone to keep an eye on him, then instruct the bartender to make Charlie’s drinks weak, Klatzkin says.
If family members are feuding, ask them to set aside their differences for your special day, then assign them to tables across the room from each other.
“The trend is toward a more intimate ceremony, especially with the tough economy,” says wedding planner Marlo Green, owner of Regina Lesley Event Artistry in New Castle. So invite the one or two cousins you are close with, but don’t invite 25 cousins and exclude two or three.
Is there a family member you dislike passionately? Again, consider the circumstances. Has that person stopped inviting you to events? “If you truly don’t get along, chances are you never get phone calls or exchange cards. Then why would you invite them?” says Cynthia Funbar of Weddings by the Seashore. “You have to think about who is there loving you, supporting you and caring about you. That’s who you want at your wedding.”
—Theresa Gawlas Medoff
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