Post # 1
I have a “pen pal” that I’ve been in contact with for probably close to 10 years. 8 years, at least. We email back and forth and keep in tune with each others lives.
I’ve never met her in real life before. I’ve never even skyped with her, or spoke to her in person. It’s always been through email.
A part of me would love to invite her, but another part of me feels this might be weird since we’ve never met. Plus, she wouldn’t know anyone at the wedding.
What would you do?
Post # 3
If you have never met her in person, I would not invite her unless you arrange a time to meet her before the big day.
Post # 4
@MissKit: If you want to meet her, and you think that your wedding is a good time, why not extend the invitation? It doesn’t mean she has to accept.
If I were her though, I’d probably decline… You are the bride, so you won’t have very much time to spend with her while she’s there, and she’ll be alone in a room of people that she doesn’t know.
Post # 5
I have a feeling she would decline anyway, based on her financial state right now. I dont’ know if she could afford it, as she has more important things to spend her money on right now. (She works and goes to school – she’d have to fly in for the wedding).
But there’s always that chance that she could come, so I wouldn’t want to invite her unless I was 100% okay with her being there. Which I’m not sure I am. I feel like I should meet her before the wedding for sure, but I don’t know if it would be possible. It’s so hard to say what things are going to be like at that time.
Post # 6
@MissKit: I wouldn’t invite someone I had never met, spoken to, or seen. I am suspicious by nature, so she may not be who you think she is. Also, I am assuming you have a guest list cap that you will probably want to use on close family and friends.
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: I completely understand that. And maybe that’s why I’m also feeling that maybe I shouldn’t. I have her on facebook though, and I see many pictures, updates, etc. So I’m fairly sure she’s who she says she is. It would be very hard to fake something like.
I just don’t know if she’s the same person face to face, I guess. It’s one thing to talk over email, but it’s possible our personalities could clash in person.
It’s so hard because I do feel close to her. I can tell her things I can’t tell my friends here, because she’s impartial and won’t have biased feelings about things. And we’ve been talking for so long.
Post # 8
It’s not weird to invite a pen pal, but I would want to at least speak to her on the phone first. Ever seen that show Catfish?
Post # 9
@MissKit: How did you meet her? That sounds like a pretty cool relationship – though I still vote not to invite her to something as significant as your wedding. You don’t need any unnecessary drama or problems on that particular day!
Post # 10
@MissKit: I think it’s a nice gesture to invite her since you feel she is a close friend, though you haven’t met in person. I actually was invited to my pen pal’s wedding many many years ago (she was in college and I was in elementary school). It was very sweet of her to invite me and made me feel very special to have been invited. On the other hand, I’m guessing you’re the same age so it’s not like you’re making some little girl’s day (lol), but I would probably want to meet her first. Though the week of the wedding (if she flew out early) would likely not be the best time to meet/hang out for the first time, it could be very nice if you hit it off. I guess just go with your gut. It could be really cool to have her there.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: I met her on an online forum years ago and just kept in contact since. It is a nice relationship. It’s nice to have someone that you can really talk to about anything.
@Blonde17Jess: Going with my gut seems like a good plan. I just have to figure out what my gut is saying haha.
Post # 12
@MissKit: When I was younger, I made a friend online and, without meeting, I invited get to my quinceñera. The entire night was so hectic and since I hadn’t met her before, I didn’t realize until way, way after the event that she’d even come. The face wasn’t one I recognized immediately. I’d said hello, then moved on and never saw her the rest of the night. I still feel bad that she took the time to come for nothing. There were so many people that I just assumed she was a distant cousin or friend of a relative.
Post # 13
@MissKit: I would invite her i think tis a great way to finally meet and let her bring a guest so she dosnt feel alone in a sea of stranger but its a great way to finally meet and if you feel close enough to want to ask her to come to your wedding then u totally should
Post # 14
@MissKit: I’ve met one net-friend over the years. It was great to meet her and she looked nothing like I thought she would (this was pre-facebook). But my feeling is that a wedding would be a rather weird time to meet the first time. Plus, she’d know no one else there.
Post # 15
@MissKit: I was in a similar situation. Fiance and I met online through a forum, and were both friends with a girl on there. We both talk to her reguarly on FB and have been in touch for 6 years or so.
Unfortunately, she lives AGES away (north Scotland, we’re South England) and wouldn’t have been able to make it. She wouldn’t have known anyone else so we unfortunately had to decide against inviting her (plus we could only invite about 10 friends each due to his GIANT family).
She sent us an engagement card, and even a gift (I cried my eyes out at that – what a sweetheart) and we could tell that she was so genuinely happy for us and didn’t make us feel at all uncomfortable about not inviting her.
I do wish we could have though. If she’d had known people, and FIs family wasn’t so huge, and she didn’t live so far away – we would have loved to have her there. I feel like I’ve already met her.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2012 - Chapel of Flowers
@MrsPanda99: +1! I also would be a little suspicious. Better safe than sorry.