We have been invited to the neighbour's sons wedding reception. We only know them to say "hi" to. What is the protocol for attending?

We have been invited to the neighbour's sons wedding reception. We only know them to say "hi" to. What is the protocol for attending?

by lyn
(Ontario)

We have lived in this house for a year and met the neighbors briefly, general introductions, and a passing "hi" when we see them. Their son is getting married and we have received an invitation to the reception. What is the protocol? We hardly know them. If we don't attend, we will offend them. If we do attend, what is the protocol for a gift?



Neighbor's Wedding
by: Wendy (Modern Manners and Etiquette)

Thank you for your question.

That is an interesting situation you find yourself in. It is nice that they have invited you to their son's wedding. You could take it as they would like to get to know you better.

It is understandable that it would feel a little weird attending the wedding of someone you do not know very well. However you do not want to offend them. There are a couple of things you could do in this situation.

One thing you could do is attend the wedding as a nice gesture. If you do you would need to bring a gift for the couple. There are traditional gifts that are brought that ever couple needs like towels, glasses and other household items that can fit most budgets.

Another way you could go is purchase a gift for them and take it to their parent's home. Explain that you are touched that they invited you and you wanted to make sure they knew you were thinking of them.

These are a couple of ideas to help you decide which way to go. I hope they help! Best wishes!

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