Should I Invite My Ex-Husband to My Wedding?

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Inviting Exes to Weddings Etiquette

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Weddings can cause sticky family situations rise to the surface. Already-difficult tasks like table assignments are complicated by in-laws, exes, and step-relatives. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your guest list questions in our daily post.

Should I invite my ex-husband to my upcoming wedding? Our daughter is going to be my maid of honor.

If you and your ex are still on good terms, and you're sure there's no jealousy or resentment involved on his part, feel free to invite him; if not, you should keep him off the guest list. The reason: Inviting a former spouse who no longer feels close to your family will leave him with two fairly awkward choices—not attending and looking bitter, or attending and feeling uncomfortable.

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