(Closed) Going to Someone’s Wedding When You Aren’t Inviting Them???

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Would you go to a friend's wedding knowing you weren't inviting them to yours a few months later?
    Yes : (36 votes)
    75 %
    No : (10 votes)
    21 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i think i would go.  she is obviously having a different kind of wedding and put you on that guest list, so no harm in going.  its completley unrelated i think.  in fact, when i did my guest, i invited some people who did NOT invite me to their wedding a few months before!  

    Post # 4
    3482 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    If you want to go, go! 🙂 Some people want to invite everyone they know to their wedding and have a huge party. There’s no need for you to stay away just because you’re not doing the same.

    If you only hang out with her in a group anyway, I’m sure she won’t take it personally that she’s not invited to yours. Even if there was going to be any potential awkwardness, she’s going to be way too busy making the rounds for it to be of any consequence. If it does come up (which it almost certainly won’t), just tell the truth: your wedding will be small and intimate, with mainly family.

    Post # 5
    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think I would go especially if it’s a big wedding. However, I would make an effort to not discuss your wedding with her or her closer friends. Like another poster said, if it comes up just mention that you have to keep it really small because of [insert reason here]. She probably won’t be offended. I know I’m not inviting some people because I just won’t have the space.

    Post # 7
    98 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My first instinct was to say no…but then I thought about how we have invited 4(!) couples who have gotten married in the past year to our wedding this August, and none of them invited us. Do we still want them to come? Absolutely, or we wouldn’t have invited them! I disagree with the people who said not to talk to them about your wedding though. You need to make sure to tell them that you guys are having a small wedding and you wish it was big enough to invite everyone, but it’s not in your budget right now. Make another kind gesture to them of some sort. 3/4 couples who did not invite us talked to us about it and there are no hard feelings whatsoever. The one who hasn’t, though, I am feeling really awkward about right now.

    Post # 8
    1696 posts
    Bumble bee

    @missbeachbum: You have nice social instincts. If you accept hospitality from someone (of any sort, not just at a wedding) then you should return the hospitality some time within the same season. Naturally, you are not obliged to return wedding-for-wedding, or else already-married guests and confirmed-spinster guests would never fulfil their social obligations! You are just obliged to return dinner-party for dinner-party, or afternoon-tea for afternoon-tea, or evening-out-dancing for evening-out-dancing.

    So, if you want to go to your friend’s wedding, go. If their wedding is a sit-down-dinner affair, then invite the host and hostess (who I presume are your friend and her husband-to-be) for dinner after they return from their honeymoon. If you live in different towns, then the rule that the return hospitality must take place in the same season does not apply, and instead you return the hospitality the next time they come to your town or you visit theirs.

    Then carry on with plans for your wedding without worrying.

    Post # 9
    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I have been struggling with the same thing. We just went to a wedding this weekend for a couple that aren’t on our guest list. I still think you should go to your friends wedding. Just know that it may make you feel like you should be inviting them but you shouldn’t feel obligated. 

    Post # 10
    32 posts
    • Wedding: September 2011

    personally i wouldn’t go. that’s too awkward especially with the close timing. no you aren’t under any obligation to invite her to yours because she invited you to hers, but it’s still the right thing to do.

    Post # 11
    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    oh gosh, I can’t even answer this question… I JUST got an invite in the mail today, and I had assumed I wouldn’t be invited to their wedding…and am not inviting them to mine. meh.

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