Some of My Relatives Are Going to Skip My Wedding Ceremony! Should I Say Something?


Wedding guests and family often cause as many problems as joy, whether or not they mean to. Even if they RSVP and show up, their presence may come with strings attached. For instance, how do you address relatives who decide not to attend your wedding ceremony? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your family and guest questions in our daily post.

Some of my relatives say they are not coming to my 3:30 pm wedding ceremony because they have weekly errands to run. They are planning only to attend the wedding reception, which is at 5 pm. I'm offended! Should I tell them?

We don't blame you for being upset that they would rather hit the dry cleaner than watch you recite your vows, but think carefully before confronting them. Even if you were able to guilt them into attending, would you really feel better knowing they had come only because you forced the issue? Take the high road, and do not mention their absence when you greet them at the reception.

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