A second wedding reception is a great way to continue the celebration and include guests who couldn’t make it to your wedding, especially if you tied the knot at a destination event. If you’re keeping the party going with a second reception, one of the biggest questions to answer is who you’ll invite! Should you include people who came to your wedding on the second-reception guest list? Here’s what our experts have to say.
While there’s no need to invite every single person from your wedding guest list to your second reception, there are a few groups you will definitely want to include in both celebrations.
No matter where or why you’re having a second wedding reception, your VIPs should make both guest lists. That includes both of your immediate families (parents, siblings, and their plus-ones) and could also extend to your wedding party if you’d like to include them. These are the key players in your wedding, and a reception wouldn’t be the same without them!
Having a reception that’s mostly for one of your extended families or group of hometown friends? Be sure to invite any guests who fall into those categories. That could be cousins who were able to make the trip for your destination wedding or any friends and family members who still live in the area. If the party is going to be close to where they live, they should get both invitations.
Are your in-laws or another family member stepping up to the plate to host your second reception? Make sure any of their guests that were invited to the wedding are also considered the second time around. If your mother-in-law invited her college bestie to the wedding, she’ll want her at the second party too!