Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: I’m the maid of honor for my bestie’s wedding and am co-organizing with the other bridesmaids for the bachelorette party. The groom’s mom is a total hoot and often accompanies us on girl’s night’s out. We were thinking about inviting her to the bachelorette party, but aren’t sure if that’s OK or not, even when the bride is close to her future MIL and parties with her sometimes. Should we invite the groom’s mom to the bachelorette party?

Answer: Usually there is a no parents rule when it comes to bachelor and bachelorette parties. Think about it: Would you want your mom or future MIL at your bachelorette party? That said, there are exceptions to every rule, so check with the bride first and also keep in mind that if the MIL is invited, the bride’s mom should also be included in the festivities to avoid hurt feelings. Make sure to add that into the conversation with the bride as well and respect her wishes whatever she decides.


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