Out of town high school graduation

by Cynthia
(Corpus Christi Texas)

My mother in law wants her sons to attend her great grand daughter's high school graduation. Of course the son that is the grand father of this child will be traveling from Tennessee to Texas for the event. The other two sons live at least 6 hours away and have not received an invitation to date. I think it is out of line to show up to an event if you haven't been invited. I don't mind sending a card with a gift/gift card without receiving the announcement. Is there a middle ground? What do you suggest?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Cynthia,

​Yes, it can be poor etiquette for one to attend an affair to which one wasn't invited. However, when it comes to family, there are grey areas. How does your husband feel about this? Does he want to attend? Can he call his mother and ask if he is invited? Please review this with your husband before you decide on a course of action. ​It is always good manners to try to resolve a potentially disruptive situation before it causes family discomfort.

Good luck,

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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