(Closed) Cousin wants to bring new GF to wedding…. I need some advice

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
14488 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If it were me, I’d stand my ground.  If he doesn’t come, then he doesn’t come.  If he was close family and not an ass, he’d come and not be making demands to bring some girl he’s barely known for a month.

Post # 3
60 posts
Worker bee

I totally agree with pinkshoes…I’ve noticed with my wedding the second we cave on someting another guest will take advantage of the situation. Stand your ground the best you can!

Post # 4
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Personally I’d be more annoyed at the ultimatum! I did have a cousin of my husband ask to bring his girlfriend a while after we had sent out invitations. But he was very polite about it, we had a little extra room, and they did fit into our criteria. (We invited SOs of anyone who was actually in a relationship) If he’d been as rude of your groom’s cousin, I would have likely told him “Fine then, don’t come.”

If you do have other people who’s SOs weren’t invited because they didn’t fit into your criteria, it wouldn’t be fair to allow his cousin to bring his gf but not them. In that case, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to tell him you’ll miss him very much, but you’re sorry, she can’t come. Even if you’re furious, make sure to be polite about it!

Post # 5
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d stand my ground. That’s rediculous. 

Post # 7
5221 posts
Bee Keeper

IDK, I’m pretty torn on this. I guess I would need to know more about the family dynamic.

In my family, I would stand my ground because everyone kind of “gets it” in regards to etiquette and what is/isn’t considered rude. 

If standing your ground evokes WW3, your Darling Husband throws you under the bus and now your wedding day will turn into this gigantic catastrophe where the absense of the cousin overshadows all the feel good things of the wedding, then I would just concede this one point and just give them a shitty Christmas gift or something to get back (kidding).

Post # 8
2698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015


Agree with PPs, it’s not fair to your other guests if you budge for one person. Also agree that response would upset me, stand your ground. Too bad he can’t make it.

Post # 9
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

leebshel:  that’s ridiculous of them. I guess you need to decide how important it is to you to have him there

Post # 10
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You were correct in saying what you said, they are being irrational with the situation. Say something like, “Well we would still love for you to come! Wedding planning is crazy because of space and budget, and we can’t have everyone’s SO all there.”

Post # 11
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

leebshel:  This EXACT thing happened to us.  NH’s cousin pulled the, “well, if I can’t bring my new no-name Boyfriend or Best Friend to your really small wedding, I’m not coming.”  Even worse, we had to track her down for her RSVP, and she told us this in a FB message!!  We wrote back, “Thanks for your note. We’re sorry we won’t see you at the wedding, but look forward to catching up over the holidays! Best, Bride + Groom.”  She never wrote back to us, but we did hear ripples of gossip about it — she was pissed.  Fast forward to a few days before the wedding . . . turns out we have onnnnnne extra spot at the wedding, so we reached out to her with a phone call and let her know that she could bring new Boyfriend or Best Friend.  Day of, she and new Boyfriend or Best Friend get there and find that they have been put at the only table where we had an extra seat, and it’s a table with my family.  Sorry, babe, but we told you our wedding would be small!  Anyway, I say stick to your guns and follow the script we used.  No point in showing the cousin how mad that makes you — just handle it politely and let him be the one who’s pissed off.  It’s your wedding, and he’s being ridiculous.  He’ll understand your POV when he gets married.

Post # 12
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

leebshel:  I would call his bluff. 

“Oh Steve, I am so sorry to hear you won’t be able to make it, then! Unfortunately, the guest list was finalized when invitations went out and we simply cannot accommodate more people.”

Seriously, though, he’s being ridiculous. I am a hardcore abider by the rule that all guests in relationships are to be invited with their significant other, regardless of whatever else is going on.

At the same time, I also think that guests should reasonably expect that romantic interests that develop in the 6-8 week timeframe that invitations are sent out might not be accommodated. 

Had he been more kind about this, I would have advised you to say, “Hi Steve! The guest list was solidified at the time the inivitations went out and so we currently cannot accommodate your new girlfriend. If this changes, we will definitely let you know and do our best to invite her along with you!”

But a guest giving an ultimatum to a totally reasonable rule? Yeah, eff that.

Post # 13
967 posts
Busy bee

I would stand my ground when I can but at the same time I would choose my battles wisely and although you had a criteria for your guestlist I would make a exception for your cousin only because he’s family and his new gf could be your family someday. weddings are about joining two families into one and he may like this girl a lot. I would just extend one to her due the fact that she’s family. 

Post # 14
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You sound like me….and that you’re biting your tongue.  I have mastered the phrase “small and intimate” to describe my wedding.  Our save the dates haven’t even went out yet but people are already causing these issues.  I’d tell the cousin that I am sorry that he feels this way, but you are having an intimate wedding there and you look forward to meeting his new girlfriend soon….but not at your wedding. 

aekc:  OMG. I love the way you handled that. I am filing that away for my own future use! Might as well give ’em something to talk about!

Post # 15
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

leebshel:  Okay, married couples and co-habitating couples are NOT plus ones, they are significant others and if someone identifies themselves as ‘in a relationship’ – regardless of how long then their SO gets invited.  It’s not up to the bride and groom to judge other people’s relationships and is really really rude.  You’re telling people their relationship isn’t good enough and if someone asked me to come celebrate their relationship while purposely negating mine you bet I wouldn’t be going.  My SO is more important to me than your wedding and if you don’t respect us as a social unit then clearly I’m not that close to you and will decline the invite.

Plus ones are for truly single guests if you choose to give them, so they can bring someone with them.

Now, that being said – was he in this relationship before the invites went out? If so, then yes she should be invited..by name.  If not, then you are not obligated to extend an invite.


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