(Closed) Is it rude to invite coworkers by themselves, without their significant others??

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I think it depends.  Are your co-workers married?  I think if so, the SOs should probably be invited.  But if it’s boyfriends/girlfriends, I wouldn’t worry about it!

Post # 4
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It would be rude if…They are married and or living together. IMO

Post # 5
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve been wondering about this too.  One of my coworkers keeps on bringing up the issue the that her boyfriend is not invited… She’s not upset or anything but I can tell that she’s truly bothered.  Now, I’m really second guessing myself if I did the right thing.

Post # 6
1692 posts
Bumble bee

Business relationships and social relationships are two different things. It is perfectly correct to have very close business relationships with people who are not also social contacts, and you would not invite them to your social events. But, when you invite people to your wedding, they become social acquaintances and guests, whatever your other relationships with them might be. You cannot correctly differentiate between guests and make some “first class” guests and others “second class” guests.


If you are inviting all of your guests together with their date, then you do that for all your guests. And you must invite married — including of course those who are living together as if married–and engaged couples as couples. That is one of the basic social standards.

Post # 7
8021 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am inviting less co workers because I want the invited ones to be able to bring a guest.

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