Devoted September 2018

What exactly is a guest of honor?

Rae, on November 10, 2017 at 10:08 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 13
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I've just been seeing the term float around during some of my wedding research and it's a little confusing, what does being a guest of honor entail? Is it just an empty title?


  • Malwen107
    VIP October 2018
    Malwen107 ·

    I've never heard of this. It's an honor to be a guest. Period.

  • Mary
    Dedicated June 2018
    Mary ·

    I've heard it used for relatives that come from other counties.

  • BabsandBear
    Expert October 2018
    BabsandBear ·

    I thought the guests of honor were the bride and groom...

  • Celia Milton
    August 2019
    Celia Milton ·

    I've never heard of this.

  • Alana
    VIP March 2018
    Alana ·

    Could be special people who arent related to you but are just as close....like a older person close enough to be called mom or dad. If not.....then no clue

  • Michael V
    August 2019
    Michael V ·

    Guests of Honor typically are Bride and Groom's living grandparents or older relatives who get reserved seating in the front row during the ceremony. They are sometimes given corsages and/or escorted to their seats by ushers as part of the processional. Best wishes!

  • Danielle
    Dedicated June 2018
    Danielle ·

    It's not rude or empty. My Godparents are guests of honor. They will sit in the front and will have a corsage and boutonniere (sp lol)

  • danilaughs
    Expert August 2018
    danilaughs ·

    @Danielle I think she's saying it's rude and pointless when it's used to make friends/relatives feel better that they're not included in the BP, which makes it a bs title at that point. We've seen examples of that on here before. In your case, not pointless at all!

  • Happy Hedgie
    VIP September 2018
    Happy Hedgie ·

    I've never heard of it before. As far as I'm concerned, all of my guests are guests of honour.

  • Sos0033
    VIP September 2017
    Sos0033 ·

    What @SusanR said

  • melanie
    Master August 2017
    melanie ·

    Never heard of it

  • Kourtney
    Beginner December 2017
    Kourtney ·

    I've been referring to my grandparents who are sitting up front as "guests of honor" like PPs mentioned. I feel like that's ok. Creating the title and giving it to someone who didn't make the BP cut, like what Susan referenced, is definitely not ok.

  • hannahdee
    Super June 2018
    hannahdee ·

    I would think of it as like your VIPs, like close family members? Doesn't mean anything really, unless you give them a corsage or something

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