(Closed) Was what this guest did okay or rude?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
6271 posts
Bee Keeper

If it was ‘plus one’ it’s ok. If it’s named invitation it’s not OK and she should ask not assume. 

Post # 3
819 posts
Busy bee

Invitations are not open– they’re only for the people to whom it’s addressed. Kay definitely overstepped here, and should not be bringing a random friend without first asking you if it’s ok.

Post # 4
770 posts
Busy bee

Did you give her a plus 1 or specifically stated just her family? If her whole family was anticipated to be there anyways, there shouldn’t be a problem with her only bringing one guest, even if it is just a friend. You would’ve paid to feed 4 mouths instead of 2 anyways, right?

Post # 5
12480 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Not okay. Invitations are supposed to be addressed by name. Adding an uninvited guest is rude. She doesn’t get to substitute for family members who are not attending. That’s beyond presumptuous and not her prerogative.

Feel free to call and tell her there must have been a “misunderstanding.” 

Post # 6
1987 posts
Buzzing bee


SmittenintheMitten :  UK-bee :  is right–this would only be acceptable if the invitation was issued to “Aunt Kay and Guest” or “Uncle Bob, Aunt Kay, Family and Guest” or some other combination that included “and Guest.”  If the invitation was “Aunt Kay and Uncle Bob” or “Aunt Kay, Uncle Bob, and Family,” or anything similar, then adding Amy’s name is not OK because invitations are not transferrable!

Post # 7
3169 posts
Sugar bee


Post # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

if the invitation was addressed to specific people, then no definitely not okay that she put down a random person’s name without asking you. however if you gave her a plus one or just like simply stated “and guest” then that leaves it open-ended for who she wants to bring even if she does have children, a partner, etc. 

Post # 9
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Maybe Amy had some sort of need that Kay felt would be addressed by getting her out and attending a wedding?  Like a loss or something bad, depression, just over an illness, etc?  I can’t say how bad this is on etiquette – I agree if the invite was marked “plus one” it’s not the most polite thing to do but also not something that’s totally wrong either, but I also have to admit I’m guilty of inviting a grieving or sad friend out to distract them from whatever’s going on making them sad, and remembering to tell the host just before (I’ve gotten lots better, realizing that it was not good to be a bad friend to one person while trying to o be a good friend to another)/

Post # 10
1151 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Depends what the invite said.  If it said Kay and guest, it is completely her call to bring the guest of her choice.  If  you specificaly invited Kay, her husband and kids by name, this is very rude but there’s nothing you can really do.  

Post # 11
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Hunting Hill Mansion

I think there’s a major difference between incorrect etiquette and “rudeness” — while PPs are right (invitations are only to those addressed), she probably just figured that subbing in a friend in light of her family not being able to make it wouldn’t be a big deal because you had already offered a spot for up to three guests to join her. Again, not proper, but in this situation I think it’s harmless. What would be the difference if she was able to bring her husband/child?  I can understand a budget concern, but you were willing to invite the rest of her family, so that’s not the strongest argument. I say let it slide. People make etiquette mistakes and this is not a major one. 

Post # 12
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

SmittenintheMitten :  if her invitation was addressed specifically by name to Kay, Kay’s Darling Husband, Kay’s Kid 1, and Kay’s Kid 2, then she can pick who out of those 4 people will be attending. If it was addressed to Kay and Guest(s), then the guest is her call.

In general I think it’s rude, especially since I assume you addressed to KDH, KK1, and KK2. We had a few guests who, despite the extremely specific invitations and RSVP cards, still scratched it out and WROTE IN who they were bringing. I called them. “Hey, I got your RSVP and I’m so glad you can make it! There must have been a little confusion with the response card, as I see a couple of names that aren’t on our guest list. We have space for (originally invited persons), but if they can’t make it we can’t accommodate other guests. I’m so sorry, we totally understand if that means you can’t be there.” 

Most took it well! Stand your ground, if you invited specific people on her invite, then that’s who is allowed to RSVP on her card.

Post # 14
12480 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

SmittenintheMitten :  How did you miss your window to say something if the reply just arrived this past week? 

Post # 15
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I had this happen at my wedding in two different ways.

INSTANCE ONE: DH’s female cousin broke up with her SO and still asked for a plus one to bring her guyfriend who I had met a handful of times (which I was ok with), but then he couldn’t make it so she brought a female friend I had never met. I bit my tongue because this was annoying but harmless.

DH’s male cousin broke up with his SO that I HATED (so I was happy about that) but he insisted on bringing her anyways because they broke up so close to the wedding…then she caused a scene during dinner and was ejected from the venue between the second and third course. Then the cousin proceeded to spend half the night on his phone to her and get HAMMERED. I kept my cool that day…but I made it VERY clear to DH’s cousin after that this wasn’t ok, and if they got together again she would NOT be invited to anything I was hosting.


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