Invite deceased brother's wife to wedding?

by Debbie
(North Carolina)

Does my daughter have to invite my deceased half-brother's wife to her wedding? She and her future-husband never knew my half-brother or his wife. I wasn't very close to either of them until the end of his life when he became ill. have one sister who was very close to him and the wife and she says it's rude of my daughter to not invite the deceased's wife.

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Wedding Invitation List
by: Ms P Etiquette

Debbie,

What interesting situations blended families create! Because I know nothing of you wedding plans, the number of guests you are planning for, etc. here is my generic answer.

If some in your family consider the widow as family, you must invite her when you are including family, especially members of your own generation. While the bride has a say in the guest list, a wedding is a group effort to celebrate the occasion and as such must have etiquette control. The parents must accept this responsibility.

I hope your daughter has a wonderful wedding!

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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