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All-Inclusive: If You’re Not Sure Who to Include on Your Wedding Invitations, All Is Better Than None

When inviting wedding guests or adding them to invitations, always err on the side of inclusion

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The Wedding Guru answers: First off, congratulations! It sounds as if fate really smiled on you. Though there’s no set rule that covers your particular event, I always opt on the side of inclusion rather than exclusion. Your engaged children are grown-ups and there’s not much chance that their wedding won’t take place — what better way to welcome your future son-in-law into your family than to include him in the program? If you’re really really uncomfortable with that, you can write it in this way:

Your stepdaughter’s name and her fiancé's name (i.e. “Mary and fiancé Evan,” or “Mary Smith [if you’re listing last names for your other children] and fiancé Evan Jones.”) You can’t ever make a mistake by being too inclusive. Much good luck on all the weddings in your future!

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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