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Wedding Trend Alert: The Anti-Invite

Imagine sitting down at your computer and checking your emails, only to discover an e-alert from a friend kindly letting you know that she is getting married…but you are not invited.

The “anti-invite” is a way for the bride or groom to let their friends and family know that they didn’t make the cut for the final guest list. This trend, as awkward as it sounds, is on the rise.

The explanation has been reported to be done via email, personal cards, letters, Facebook message or through a phone call from the wedding planner.

It is not the first time Tatiana Byron, founder of event planning company The Wedding Salon, has heard of this trend. Byron told TODAY.com “nine times out of 10, it’s because of lack of space- and the couple feels super guilty.”

It can be assumed that the people who are receiving the anti-invitations are people who the bride and groom are comfortable enough with to use the awkward tactic. But I’m sure that is not true in every case. 

Why are brides and grooms stooping to this level? The easy answer is that they encounter some form of restriction with their guest list, whether that is a tight budget, fire code, or a wedding with an expensive destination. 

Clearly, the line is getting blurred when it comes to determining what the appropriate method of cutting down a guest list is. 


Posted by Aimee O'Connor
2013-02-22, 11:05:44

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