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Old 04-17-2017, 09:20 PM
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What's the point of going if you're just going to the reception or party? I would think if Meghan is invited and she can make it, she's going to the wedding and reception and party.
This is not unusual in the UK - in fact its similar to what William and Catherine did (though not everyone in the church went to the reception).

Close family and friends get invited to marriage ceremony and reception; wider circle of friends are invited to the evening do!
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:30 PM
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Yes, it reminds me of a recent slideshow with details from a biography of Prince Charles, in which it was revealed that Kate and William told Queen Elizabeth that they were unhappy with the Palace's guest list for their wedding. QE told them to tear it up and make their own list, and the Palace would simply deal with any flak that might arise re some personages that Will & Kate didn't know and didn't want at their wedding ceremony, not being invited.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:39 PM
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Yes, it reminds me of a recent slideshow with details from a biography of Prince Charles, in which it was revealed that Kate and William told Queen Elizabeth that they were unhappy with the Palace's guest list for their wedding. QE told them to tear it up and make their own list, and the Palace would simply deal with any flak that might arise re some personages that Will & Kate didn't know and didn't want at their wedding ceremony, not being invited.
I think that story is a bit exaggerated. Just watching the wedding you could see half the building was filled with people the couple barely knew or never met before, and Charles invited a bunch of his middle-age friends there. I think it was more a matter of "Hey, this building seats 1000, you two can have 500 to invite whoever you want and Charles and the advisors will work out the remaining 500."
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:43 PM
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William and Kate's wedding was basically the opposite. The largest group was at the church and then got smaller through the reception and the smallest group was the evening party.

Pippa isn't getting married in a cathedral like her sister did so the church is smallest group with potential attendee growth for the post ceremony festivities
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:43 PM
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According to an interview William did he discussed it with the Queen and she told him to get rid of the list he'd been given and for he and Kate to decide.


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Old 04-17-2017, 09:45 PM
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According to an interview William did he discussed it with the Queen and she told him to get rid of the list he'd been given and for he and Kate to decide.


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Indeed. He was given some input instead of no input.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:46 PM
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Some? From the way William said it the Queen gave him carte blanche to determine the guest list. He asked her who he had to invite and he was told none of them (on the list).


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Old 04-17-2017, 09:55 PM
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Some? From the way William said it the Queen gave him carte blanche to determine the guest list. He asked her who he had to invite and he was told none of them (on the list).


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If William and Catherine only invited people they were close with it's strange that only about 200 of the 1000 guests made it to the couple's evening party. I also struggle to believe that the Cambridges are good friends with all the foreign royals that attended, or the government members of the 15 realms who attended, or the then current UK politicians who attended, or the UK religious leaders who attended, or all of the middle-age friends of Charles who attended, including Rowan Atkinson . Strange choices for a couple who has total carte blanche. But believe what you choose, I'll do the same.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:15 PM
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Very simple reasoning here. The church only holds so many people. The marquee at the Middletons will probably hold a lot more people hence Meghan attending the reception and not the ceremony. I've seen this done quite a few times both ways. Invited to the ceremony but not the reception as its a smaller venue or there is a ban on children and not invited to the church but to the reception to celebrate.

It makes a lot of sense to me actually. Meghan isn't close to Pippa and those are the people she wants at the actual ceremony.
But why single Meghan out? If her boyfriend is attending, then I'm sure there's room for her to attend with him. This is all based on if she's able to go period.

I'm looking forward to this wedding. Been waiting to see another Middleton get married. Next, all eyes will be on James and Donna.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:38 PM
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But why single Meghan out? If her boyfriend is attending, then I'm sure there's room for her to attend with him. This is all based on if she's able to go period.

I'm looking forward to this wedding. Been waiting to see another Middleton get married. Next, all eyes will be on James and Donna.
Like other's have mentioned the church is small, there isn't room for filler seats (gf/bfs) when you are trying to cram in all your family and close friends.

Also it's not that common in the UK high society for a bf/gf to be given an invite. Both Percy daughters had large grand weddings, yet Pippa didn't get to bring Alex to Katie's wedding, and she didn't get to bring Nico to Missy's wedding. Tom Parker-Bowles had an extended family wedding that Catherine and Chelsy weren't invited to even though their boyfriends were there. Jack Brooksbank wasn't invited to either William or Zara's weddings even though he had been with Eugenie for over a year at that point.

Meghan getting an invite, even just to a reception, is rather abnormal, so I'm not sure why you're so surprised that Meghan might not be sitting in a pew.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:47 PM
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We also don't know that Meghan was the only person to get the invite with "reception only" on it. There could be multiple others.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:51 PM
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Although I think some are over thinking these wedding invites, it should be a great day.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:51 PM
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But why single Meghan out? If her boyfriend is attending, then I'm sure there's room for her to attend with him. This is all based on if she's able to go period.

I'm looking forward to this wedding. Been waiting to see another Middleton get married. Next, all eyes will be on James and Donna.
No one is singling her out .

For all we know, IF there is a separation of invites, it is being applied to all cases.

She is the girlfriend of her brother-in-law's brother. That is way way beyond extended family and friends. In fact I don't supposed the Bride and Groom have even met her.

Frankly, Harry getting an invite surprised me!
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Old 04-17-2017, 11:12 PM
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If William and Catherine only invited people they were close with it's strange that only about 200 of the 1000 guests made it to the couple's evening party. I also struggle to believe that the Cambridges are good friends with all the foreign royals that attended, or the government members of the 15 realms who attended, or the then current UK politicians who attended, or the UK religious leaders who attended, or all of the middle-age friends of Charles who attended, including Rowan Atkinson . Strange choices for a couple who has total carte blanche. But believe what you choose, I'll do the same.

I never said 'only inviting the people they were close to'. The point was they clearly had control of the guest list. That doesn't mean they weren't going to invite certain folks...they do know protocol also.

All you need to do is look up the interview. I see no reason to think William was making it up.


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Old 04-17-2017, 11:15 PM
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I get the whole concept, though seems odd to me. Here you choose a venue that can hold the people you want to invite and they attend all. Only difference may be kids. Receptions are often adult only. But then again the three events is odd to me. You have the weddung and then you have the reception which is both the dinner and party. Maybe a cocktail hour before but usually part.

I get Meghan not being invited to the ceremony. But I also don't see her going just for the party. Even if that is the way things are done. We're not talking a day trip from London. To take a leave from filming to fly to the uk, to attend the party of a woman she has never met seems unlikely. Now if it was a close friend of Harry, my opinion may be different. Someone like Skippy and his wife will have a much more significant part in their future if she marries Harry than Pippa.

No ring no bring is kind of unspoken around here. Likely because having a plus one on your invite rarely if ever happens. If the person you are dating is not serious enough to name on the invitation, even if not engaged, then not serious enough to invite. The whole wedding date thing is impractical. Not only do you end up not knowing how many people will attend, bit then you end up with a whole bunch of people you don't know. It's a wedding, not a club night.
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Old 04-17-2017, 11:25 PM
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With reading about the plans that Pippa has for "the" day, my thoughts went to picturing a church wedding with, in attendance, close family members and close friends of the couple. Then there's the afternoon party/dinner where the Middleton's business associates and Matthew's "obligatory" invites and the older aunts and uncles and great godmother Prudence come and toast the bride and the groom. Then... like with Will and Kate's wedding, the younger folks get to let their hair down and party hardy and the older folks are not sitting in some corner drooling in their champagne and nodding off to the land of Nod.

I can see kids being around for the afternoon event but whisked off to bed before the night time party begins. Its a way of fitting everyone in to enjoy at least part of Pippa and James' new life together.

We don't know specifically why Meghan would be in the UK for a week and to be honest, right now I'm leaning towards that its more speculation than an actual fact. It doesn't really matter when it comes to Pippa's wedding.
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Old 04-17-2017, 11:38 PM
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No one is singling her out .

For all we know, IF there is a separation of invites, it is being applied to all cases.

She is the girlfriend of her brother-in-law's brother. That is way way beyond extended family and friends. In fact I don't supposed the Bride and Groom have even met her.

Frankly, Harry getting an invite surprised me!
Remember, Pippa has known Harry for years. Since Catherine started dating William and they got to know his family. Harry is part of their family too. They're not strangers to each other. I'm not surprised by his wedding invite at all.
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Remember, Pippa has known Harry for years. Since Catherine started dating William and they got to know his family. Harry is part of their family too. They're not strangers to each other. I'm not surprised by his wedding invite at all.


I was surprised at all the folks that seem to think the Middletons have no connection to Harry. He's known Kate nearly as long as William has and she and Pippa are close. They share friends. I'd have been shocked if Harry wasn't invited.
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I was surprised at all the folks that seem to think the Middletons have no connection to Harry. He's known Kate nearly as long as William has and she and Pippa are close. They share friends. I'd have been shocked if Harry wasn't invited.
Not least because Pippa almost certainly would never damage her own chances of being invited to Harry's wedding by failing to invite him to hers. Which, TBH, is why I believe that Meghan got an invitation to the ceremony, reception, and party; there's a non-zero chance that the bride in question at Harry's wedding will be Meghan.
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