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Ask Amy: Family feud is sparked by tragic loss

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Your husband should treat his sister gently and patiently, and let her know that when she is ready, your family will press the “reset” button and move forward.

Send her invitations to any and all family events, and communicate with warmth that you look forward to seeing her and her family.

Dear Amy: The last few years have seen an influx of weddings for me.

I'm always flattered when a close friend or family member includes me on their guest list.

On numerous occasions I have received invitations that are addressed only to me and do not include an "and guest" on the envelope.

I'm never offended if I can't bring a date, and I understand the financial constraints of a wedding with a large guest list.


A few times after I've sent in my RSVP, the bride has reached out to me and asked if I'm bringing my boyfriend, even though there was no “and guest” on the invitation.

I recently received another invitation addressed to me without an "and guest.”

I don't want to assume I'm allowed a guest, and I don't want the bride to feel awkward by asking if I can bring one if they didn't budget for me to bring one.

What is the best course of action for me to take in these situations?


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