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  1. Jessica

    My future in-laws are hosting a post-wedding brunch for our guests. We are working on the invitations and they would like to list the remainder of their immediate family – their other son, his wife, and their three young children – as co-hosts of the event. Is this appropriate? What level of participation is expected of someone considered a “host”?

    Thank you!

    • Winifred Rosenburg

      A host is someone who participates in the planning and execution of an event. Your soon-to-be brother-in-law and his wife may or may not fall into that category, but I seriously doubt their young children do.

      • Elizabeth

        I think your are generally correct. However, sometimes both sets of parents are listed as hosts on a wedding invitation even though one or both pairs may or may not have contributed substantially to the cost or planning of the event. I think it’s fine if your in-laws want to list their son+wife as co-hosts, but the children should not be included.

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