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William and Kate
« on: February 20, 2011, 07:22:04 AM »
I have just read this article on Yahoo! News.  (well known for both its accuracy and importance.)

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20110220/tuk-royal-wedding-to-host-2-000-guests-dba1618.html

Basically, the penultimate paragraph says that although about 1,900 guest are expected to the ceremony, only 600 will be invited to the reception.

If it was any one else, one would wonder about a possible lack of funds.

As this is unlikely to be the cause for this two-tier-ness, I wonder if its just lack of space.


Either way, I think it is a little rude to rank your guests like this.

What are your thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011, 10:03:12 AM »
For a typical wedding, I would say this is bad.  For them, I'm willing to consider that there are some things that need to be done differently just because it's in many ways a state occasion.  They may need to invite, say, members of Parliament who by tradition wouldn't be included in the reception.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2011, 10:05:30 AM »
I think there will also be an evening reception with only 300 guests.
IIRC, the evening reception is hosted by Prince Charles and not even the Queen will be there.

I'm thinking that their wedding ceremony is a state affair, with the reception being a private function.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2011, 01:46:47 PM »
I think there will also be an evening reception with only 300 guests.
IIRC, the evening reception is hosted by Prince Charles and not even the Queen will be there.

I'm thinking that their wedding ceremony is a state affair, with the reception being a private function.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 11:29:44 AM »
I think there will also be an evening reception with only 300 guests.
IIRC, the evening reception is hosted by Prince Charles and not even the Queen will be there.


Now I'm really curious why ;)
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2011, 11:47:52 AM »
^I think it's because once Her Majesty shows up, it's back to being a state occasion. Not to mention that at her age, that would be a very long day - she may just flat not be up for all that.

I doubt those not invited to the official receptions are going to be left scrambling for a place to go after the ceremony. There will probably be dozens - if not hundreds - of private receptions held by various embassies, dignitaries, and officials for anyone who's invited to the ceremony.

I think the standards of etiquette for a royal wedding are more along the lines of those for a coronation or inauguration than would be applied to an ordinary couple.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011, 11:31:00 AM »
What's the deal with the invitations going out in the name of the Queen? Since when does the groom's mother host?
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2011, 11:34:47 AM »
What's the deal with the invitations going out in the name of the Queen? Since when does the groom's mother host?

Since she's the Queen, I guess :P
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2011, 11:38:50 AM »
What's the deal with the invitations going out in the name of the Queen? Since when does the groom's mother host?

Since she's the Queen, I guess :P

Does she also get seated last?
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2011, 11:54:21 AM »
What's the deal with the invitations going out in the name of the Queen? Since when does the groom's mother host?

Since she's the Queen, I guess :P

Isn't it because the ceremony location belongs to the State?

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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2011, 11:55:43 AM »
Anyone can host. There is no rule as to who the host must be.

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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2011, 12:17:16 PM »
Anyone can host. There is no rule as to who the host must be.

Ah, well, I take my guidance from Miss Manners. From her Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavoir, page 609, ". . . social inviations are issued by the hosts . . . The bride's parents are usually the primary, and indeed the only, hosts of a wedding."

I guess the word "usually" could allow exceptions.
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2011, 12:34:57 PM »
I gather from reports in the media that the Queen and Prince Charles are paying for most of the wedding. Presumably the Queen is paying for the actual ceremony, hence her name went down as host.
Plus, as others have said, she is the Queen, Britain's head of state- I guess the rules might be slightly different for her!

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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2011, 12:38:20 PM »
What's the deal with the invitations going out in the name of the Queen? Since when does the groom's mother host?

I believe that happened at the Wales and York weddings as well. I think it's a royal thing.
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2011, 01:18:59 PM »
Anyone can host. There is no rule as to who the host must be.

Ah, well, I take my guidance from Miss Manners. From her Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavoir, page 609, ". . . social inviations are issued by the hosts . . . The bride's parents are usually the primary, and indeed the only, hosts of a wedding."

I guess the word "usually" could allow exceptions.

Yes, the "usually" - or else motherless brides everywhere would not be allowed to have a wedding.   :)