After you've sent out your wedding invitations, you may find people asking why they weren't invited - awkward! We are here to help. Here is our guide on telling people they're NOT invited to your wedding:

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Be kind

We'd recommend you don't go out of your way to tell people they're not invited. If they haven't asked about your wedding, then there's no need to tell them.

However, if they ask about your wedding when you know they're not invited, there are kind ways to tell them. Here are some different reasons why they may not be invited (and that make great excuses!):

The budget

Inviting lots of guests to your wedding is extremely expensive! Most people will understand if the budget is the reason they are not invited.

Intimate wedding

Nowadays, more and more people are choosing to have intimate weddings with only their close friends and family. If this is the case, most guests will get your reasons for not inviting them.

Venue

Most wedding venues will be unable to cater for huge amounts of guests, and for particularly small venues, it is definitely a good excuse to use. Tell your friend that you'd love to invite them, but your venue simply cannot allow it.

Similarly, if you're having a destination wedding abroad, people may not mind that they're not invited. They can be expensive!

Family

If your family are paying, then you can say their budget couldn't extend to anyone who wasn't a close friend or family member.

 

Your friends and family may be disappointed that they won't be invited, but they are sure to appreciate that you were honest and kind when breaking the news.

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Tell them the real reason

If someone has done something hurtful to you that has stopped you from inviting them, then this can be a good time to address the situation.

If you feel like you can salvage the relationship, then you may want to address this a few months in advance of the day in case you change your mind.

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Include them in another way

If you are having a smaller wedding and can't afford to invite all the guests you wanted to, you may want to arrange another meet up. A nice dinner is a wonderful idea, and will make friends still feel special.

Alternatively, you could have a larger evening reception, so that people can be involved on your wedding day.

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We hope you have found this blog useful! For more wedding help and advice, check out our other blogs. We have a blog for every tricky wedding situation, and so much more!