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Inviting only *some* family to our wedding?

We’re in the very earliest stages of wedding planning, trying to come up with a guest list so that we have approximate numbers in mind when we look into venues, etc. How can - or should - we balance a seriously lopsided family tree with our desire to have our friends there (and not go bankrupt/remain engaged forever)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jun 24, 2014 - 47 answers

Never in my life did I think my son share/split...the restaurant tab

Indians of me-fi: is it commonly accepted etiquette that splitting a restaurant bill with Indian parents is an insult? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Jun 14, 2014 - 32 answers

But I don't like you - must I toast to you?

My stepsister is getting married this Saturday, a stepsister who has always presumed closeness to everyone in her stepfamily. I do not like her very much for reasons that are not relevant here. I am a bridesmaid in the wedding. She e-mailed all of the bridesmaids and in the same e-mail about our jewelry, mentioned that they'd be making time for speeches during the rehearsal dinner while the band is on a break (yes! There's a band at the rehearsal dinner, which is a whole other story...). She asked for us to let her know if anyone was interested in giving a toast. Should I? [more inside]
posted by juliagulia on Nov 7, 2013 - 39 answers

How to best deal with and/or avoid estranged parents at a wedding?

I went "no contact" with my birth family years ago, but I will have to see and likely interact with all of them for the first time since then at my sister's wedding, which is happening soon. How can I make sure that I can ably address whatever might come up with ease and clarity? I am not looking to re-establish any sort of regular communication with them at all, I am just trying to figure out how to gracefully handle encountering them at a single event. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2013 - 50 answers

Politely parenting my kid's playdates?

My preschooler is getting just old enough to have a proper social life (playdates, birthday parties, etc.). I've got some specific questions about the parental etiquette expectations surrounding these kiddie get-togethers. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Apr 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice?

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I comfortably discuss my disabled sister?

How can I tactfully tell a large group of people about my disabled sister? [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Nov 21, 2011 - 36 answers

How to Be Good to Her Under Difficult Circumstances?

My sister is being extremely difficult. Should I go to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 59 answers

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Dec 28, 2010 - 42 answers

Etiquette in a Modern Age

What's the etiquette for contacting a cousin I haven't spoken to in eight years on facebook? How exactly to do it? Is it a bad idea? Unique circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Should I get either of my step-siblings baby-warming gifts?

My two stepsisters each recently gave birth. Should I get either of them a gift? It gets a little complicated. [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly on Apr 22, 2007 - 18 answers

Should I give back a ring that my ex's mom gave me?

Relationship Etiquette Filter: I had forgotten that I still have a gift that an ex's mom gave to me several years ago. It supposedly had sentimental value, and I feel weird about keeping it. Will I offend by trying to return it? Oh boy, there's way [more inside]
posted by wejones on Aug 16, 2006 - 43 answers

Is my great aunt hinting that she wants me to call her?

Is my great aunt hinting that she wants me to call her? [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Jun 23, 2006 - 26 answers

I haven't found Mr. Right yet; help me get my relatives to stop bugging me

How do I get my relatives to stop bugging me about why I don't have a boyfriend yet? (mi+) [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Dec 24, 2004 - 39 answers

How should I refer to my mom's boyfriend?

In conversation, how should I refer to my mom's boyfriend? (MI) [more inside]
posted by fricative on Nov 25, 2004 - 28 answers

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