Wedding Guests: Invite Wedding Guests to Reception but Not Ceremony?

Q: I recently received an invitation to a wedding reception but not the ceremony. Apparently the church is very small. Is this acceptable?

A: More and more couples are opting to have intimate family ceremonies and larger receptions to include all their relatives and friends. You may feel like you're missing out on the poignant part, but at least you'll be there to party with the bride and groom. It is acceptable to extend an invite only to the reception. But it is never acceptable to extend an invitation only to the ceremony if you're also having a reception.

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