Who Gets Invited to a Second Wedding Reception?

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A second wedding reception is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with additional family and friends, especially if you had a really intimate gathering or planned a destination wedding that a number of people couldn't join you at. (It's also a chance to wear your wedding gown again!) It does, however, mean you have to tackle the dreaded guest list a second time. So who, exactly, should get an invitation to the second party? Our experts have some ideas.

If you're planning a second reception in one of your home towns, start the guest list off with any family members who live in the area. Now that you're close by, they'll all want a chance to celebrate with you, and you'll avoid hurt feelings by including everyone. You should definitely include family members who were invited to the wedding and live in the area, whether or not they were able to attend the first time.

See more: What Should You Wear for a More Casual, Second Reception?

You should also invite the VIPs from your wedding, including both of your parents and immediate families and whoever was in the wedding party. Your grandma may not be able to make a second trip, but your parents probably will — they're still the parents of the bride, after all!

When it comes to inviting friends, be as considerate as possible. Invite any local friends who were also invited to the wedding, but be mindful when you extend the invitation beyond that group. There's no need to invite every member of your elementary school soccer team who still lives in the area, but close friends who didn't make the cut for your 25-person wedding in Tulum should definitely be included. Keep in mind that they might wonder why they weren't invited to the first celebration, so arm any mutual friends who were invited with an easy and painless answer, whether it's that you kept the wedding family-only or were restricted by the size of the venue (which is why you're having a second reception in the first place!).

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