inviting friends we've never met?

posted 3 weeks ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Honey bee

Invite them if you want. I met one of my best friends here on Wedding Bee, chatted for a couple of years, she is in the USA I am in the UK, last summer her and her husband came to stay with me for a week. Never chatted on the phone, only ever emailed, but it wasn’t weird it was freaking awesome! Be brave, do things that make for good stories and memories.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Invite them! I’ve met people from a few different forums in real life and it’s never been awkward.

Post # 5
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4978 posts
Honey bee

forestberries :  I wrote a post about it hear if you want to know more! I always think do things to tell the grandkids!

Post # 6
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have a really good friend I met online (roleplaying on Tumblr of all things four years ago), and she and I have kept in touch and chat just about every day. If we had the space and I was inviting more of my friends (yay huge italian family, not) I would definitely be inviting her.

I say go for it if you have the space. What’s the worst they could say? The point is you extended the invite kindly. If they make it you could all have a great time together.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Two of my closest friends are online friends. We chat on facebook messenger all day every single day for the past 5 years and share EVERYTHING. I can’t remember a day we didn’t talk. One of them I’m so close with she told me she was pregnant before she even told her husband. We have met in the past, but only a couple times. So not only were they invited but they were bridesmaids! Definitely invite them if you want them there!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Chilworth Manor, Hants, UK

Invite them! Meeting them could turn into a life-long friendship. 

I’ve belonged to an online group since 2003. Many people started meeting up in person and I’ve now traveled far and wide to meet up with groups of people and some of them are great friends now.  I’m going to Canada next week to meet up with some of them! And that’s how I met my FI too. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I met one of my closest friends through a forum. She flew 5 hours with her husband to come to my wedding and we’ve visited each other twice since. I was worried things may be different in person but it was great and I have a friend for life.

Invite them! If they can’t attend for whatever reason it doesn’t mean things will be awkward in the future.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

Why not! Online friends are just as legit as real friends.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

forestberries :  I think online friends can be just as valid as in person friends. But where I draw the line with things like wedding invites is are they really friends or acquaintances. To me if they were friends then a meet up would have occurred and it wouldn’t take a wedding. I think people think too emotionally rather than logically when it comes to “friends/acquaintances” invites. I also don’t think your wedding is the best time/place for a first in person meeting.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My online friends are just as precious to me as my meatspace friends.

My Maid of Honor was a woman I met through Guild Wars. We had skyped, and had been friends for like, six years. I had never seen her face to face, except for the day before my wedding.

It was pretty incredible.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Do it! I have three online friends I met through doing roleplay games in the early 2000s, and one of them invited me to her wedding! Her family was great and we had a blast!

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