More and more couples are opting for smaller weddings and it’s becoming increasingly popular to host showers or parties that include guests who did not receive wedding invitations. Couples may also want to invite those who can’t attend the wedding so that these guests can still take part in some of the wedding festivities. Oftentimes brides may want to invite someone who is unable to attend the wedding on that date, or a few coworkers whom she is close with, but unable to fit on the guest list.
For a small wedding and a larger shower: The bride is hosting a private wedding, please help us celebrate at the bridal shower (or bachelorette party)
For a destination wedding and a local shower: Before the bride departs for her wedding, let’s celebrate with a bridal shower (or bachelorette party)
You could keep it brief: Please help us celebrate at the bridal shower (or bachelorette party) in lieu of attending the wedding. This makes it clear what they are and aren’t invited to.
This way, your guests still feel like a part of the celebration without being offended that they won’t be able to attend the actual wedding. Be sure to double check the guest list for any wedding-related events to avoid any awkward situations.
Will you be having a small wedding? Share your thoughts with us!