Wedding Etiquette Tips for Brides: Guests and Family

Who will receive an invite to the most important day of your life? Setting the guest list (and navigating the feelings of friends and family) can be tough—but we have the answers to your trickiest questions.

My fiancé and I are vegetarians, and we planned a fantastic meatless feast. My mother, however, thinks that we're being rude hosts by not serving meat to the rest of our guests. What do you think?

It's a tough call. If you feel very strongly about not serving meat, you should go ahead with your vegetarian dinner plans—even if your guests are normally carnivorous, they may really enjoy the enticing menu you have planned. On the other hand, the sign of a good host is someone who keeps their guests in mind when planning a party. If your family and friends are real "meat and potatoes" sorts who might find your menu too exotic for their tastes, compromise by offering one entree that will please the meat-eating crowd, and another for you and the more adventurous types.

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