Wedding alerts have really evolved over the years. First we had formal wedding invitations. Then formal, pre-invitation "save the date" notices became quite trendy. Now even emailed invitations and E-vites are becoming mainstream. So what's the newest wedding alert fad? "You're NOT Invited" alerts! Really?
Well, with the growing influence of social media, so much information about wedding plans, dates, times, locations is available online that many friends and acquaintances are simply assuming they are invited--and then showing up. The unexpected, uninvited "guests" are making for some pretty awkward moments, and are translating into some unexpected and unbudgeted costs and fees.
To stem the tide of uninvited guests, couples are now sending out "not invited" alerts ahead of their big day. Couples on a tight budget are especially jumping on the uninvited bandwagon. Some are sending formal un-invitations via regular mail. Others are sending out email blasts or Facebook group messages.
Most are crafted with gentle, and even penitent wording. Take this one for example: “We’ve had to be pretty brutal in chopping down our guest list. I’m so sad that you won’t be there with us on the day, but we look forward to catching up afterwards!” As gentle as this alert sounds, you'll probably still feel the sting of rejection. Better prepare yourself now, because one day soon you may receive an uninvited alert, too.
Aren't you glad that God excludes NO ONE from His guest list? In fact, quite the contrary of sending out a "You're NOT invited" alert, He has gone the extra mile and is inviting anyone and everyone to come to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.
“Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.” (Matthew 22:9).