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Should all the members of the Church be invited to the ceremony?

Who you choose to invite to your church wedding ceremony is a very delicate decision that is made between you and your future spouse. There are no rules that states that you must invite all members of your church’s congregation to your wedding.

If you are an active member of a small congregation and are very close to all of the members of the church and the church family has become like your real family, then you might want to invite all of the members. This is especially the case if both you and your husband or wife-to-be is also a member of the same church.

On the other hand if you attend a church with a lot of members and/or are new to the area or have just recently began attending the church then it is up to you and your spouse-to-be on who to invite. Who you invite, whether it is church members or not, is a personal decision that the two of you should make together.

When the time comes in the wedding planning to compile a list of guests for the wedding, each person should sit down and prepare a list and then the couple should compare the two lists in order to come up with the final list of invited guests.

It is advisable to start with your close family members first and then include friends and other relatives before you decide who else should be invited to the wedding. Ask yourself:

  • How important is it to you that members of the church are invited to the wedding?
  • Are there perhaps a few of the church members that you would like to invite more so than others?
  • Do not allow yourself to be pressured into inviting church members if you do not want to.

Your parents might want to have a say in who is invited to the wedding. A wedding does not just celebrate the union of two people but also celebrates the joining of two families. Let mom or dad help out with the guest list if they so wish to and if your parents attend the same church as you then they might want to invite some church members who are also good friends of theirs.

This is entirely up to you and your future spouse, but it is generous and gracious to allow loved ones to have a say in the guest list. This is especially the case if your parents are contributing money to the overall cost of the wedding. Your parents love you and therefore want to be included in the wedding preparations as a wedding day is not just a joyous occasion but also a day that you will always remember and cherish for the rest of your life. Make it as special as it can possibly be by inviting those who mean the most to you both.

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