(Closed) Is it okay to invite colleagues without a +1?

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If there’s a sizable group, they should be fine coming alone. The only exception would be if you know both the husband and wife. Then both should be invited.

Post # 4
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Colleagues dont need plus ones, they will know each other and can sit together.

Post # 5
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

Plus ones go to couples who are married, engaged, or living together. They are considered a social unit, it’s “rude” to break them up, regardless of who they’ll know 🙂

Post # 6
1919 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@Belle2Be:I agree. Married, engaged or long-term couples should have a plus one. However, It isn’t necessary to give single coworkers one.

Post # 7
1692 posts
Bumble bee

You shouldn’t really ever have different classes of guests. There’s a polite fiction that goes on in society, that one keeps business *out* of one’s social life. Hence, any “colleagues” you invite are being invited because they are “part of your social circle” quite regardless of the business they happen to be in. And that being the case, you don’t treat them any differently than you do any other members of your social circle.

Proper formal protocol requires that all married persons be invited with their spouse; and that if anyone who is engaged is invited, that their fiance be invited also. If you follow that rule with everybody else, you must follow it with your colleagues — um, I mean, your social peers who happen to work at the same place that you do.

If you have to cut back, do it by not inviting boyfriends and girlfriends whom you don’t know, from BOTH your co-worker and non-coworker groups of friends.

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