(Closed) Bridal show friend invitation etiquette?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4930 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Personally, I wouldn’t. Unless it was my friend who’s my photographer, a friend who was also wedding planning, or it was understood that the Bridal Party is only family. Other than that, I think you’re better off inviting someone else.


Post # 4
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

It depends.  Have you already chosen your bridal party? Does these friends know that they’re not part of the wedding party? Are they ok with it? If the answer to all three questions is yes, I’d say go ahead and ask, just like any other invitation to hang out. Just like any other invitation, don’t be offended if they decline (for whatever reason). 

Post # 6
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ginabobena2407:  In that case I would say no, don’t do it, because it could easily give the impression she’ll be a Bridesmaid or Best Man. Unless you ask in a way that makes it clear she’s not a Bridesmaid or Best Man, e.g. “Hey Laura, none of my BMs can get there, but would you like to come to the bridal show with me? It’s ok if you can’t.”

Post # 7
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Bridal Shows tend to be attended by Brides and a few close people she chooses to share that experience with… typically part of her Family, the Extended Family, or the Bridal Party… so possiblilities might include…

The Bride – The Bride & Groom – MOB / MOG – Grammas – God Mothers – Close Family Members (ie Sisters or FSILs) – Maid of Honour or Bridesmaids

Generally speaking Bridal Shows are attended early on in the Engagement period, so that the Bride (and her family / whoever is hosting) can attend and get “ideas” for the Wedding, meet potential Vendors, ask Questions, get an idea of pricing etc (even some FOBs have been known to make an appearance at Bridal Shows).

This is also the same reason that it isn’t wise to just take along a random Girlfriend… because it is early days, and probably the Bride hasn’t figured out exactly who will be in the Bridal Party*.  So to avoid any potential “hard feelings” between friends, it is therefore best not to invite random GFs (those who you aren’t positive are going to be in the Bridal Party)

Hope this helps,

*NOTE – There are many posts here on WBee where Brides have discovered in all the “Engagement Excitement” they chose their Bridal Party a bit too soon.  Because oftentimes things will change in the Engagement period leading up to the actual Wedding.  Sometimes it is best, to not make spontaneous decisions in this regard and see how things unfold as THE DATE gets closer

(examples from past posts… Bridesmaid moves away… therefore doesn’t have the time to commit – Bridesmaid cannot afford the commitment – Bridesmaid was a Girlfriend of Groomsmen and they broke up – Bridesmaid is super-pregnant, etc)


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