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  • climbingwifeclimbingwife NYC 'burbs
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    Hello!  Trying to figure out what to do here - I have two questions.

    1. Co-workers.  So my FH and I work in the same office suite (we live in a VERY small town and work in the same field - employment options are extremely limited, story for another day).  We will both be inviting our bosses with their wives.  We are also inviting three other co-workers who all sit within 30 feet of us (FH works around the corner in the office from me).  In total, his small team of 3 people plus 2 other people on neither of our immediate teams, plus my boss are all invited.  Outside of the bosses, we hang out with all of those people on a regular basis outside of work.  HOWEVER, I have one more person on my Team whom I never see outside of work.  I don't *hate her, but I don't really like her much either, she drives me mildly crazy.  Considering these unique circumstances, do I have to invite her???

    2. Plus-ones.  Okay so FH has a HUMONGOUS family.  We went to his two cousin's weddings (one after the other, they are brothers - they are FH's dad's nephews, so FH's dad's sister's sons - sorry about the craziness).  They invited FH's parents with FH, his brother, sister, and me.  FH's sister has been dating someone for about a year and lives with him.  They didn't invite him to the weddings.  To be fair, she is very unpredictable and kindof a loose canon who could be buying a puppy with a guy one day, and breaking up with him the next.  Anyway, FH's dad made a BIG stink about it to his sister (mother of the grooms) who responded with "well I never know who she's dating".  FH's dad wants us to not invite her other two daughter's relatively long-term boyfriends to the wedding.  Note that one of the daughters lives with her bf, whom we've met, and they've been together for a few years.  The other daughter hasn't been dating her bf for long and they are about to be long-distance in different countries.  Considering these circumstances, what do we do???

    Thank you for your help!
    -Mel
    1. Just so I'm understanding this properly, you're inviting everyone on your team except for one person? 

    2. You need to invite the SOs of every guest. If they consider themselves to be in a relationship, that person needs to be invited. 

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    Hello!  Trying to figure out what to do here - I have two questions.

    1. Co-workers.  So my FH and I work in the same office suite (we live in a VERY small town and work in the same field - employment options are extremely limited, story for another day).  We will both be inviting our bosses with their wives.  We are also inviting three other co-workers who all sit within 30 feet of us (FH works around the corner in the office from me).  In total, his small team of 3 people plus 2 other people on neither of our immediate teams, plus my boss are all invited.  Outside of the bosses, we hang out with all of those people on a regular basis outside of work.  HOWEVER, I have one more person on my Team whom I never see outside of work.  I don't *hate her, but I don't really like her much either, she drives me mildly crazy.  Considering these unique circumstances, do I have to invite her???

    2. Plus-ones.  Okay so FH has a HUMONGOUS family.  We went to his two cousin's weddings (one after the other, they are brothers - they are FH's dad's nephews, so FH's dad's sister's sons - sorry about the craziness).  They invited FH's parents with FH, his brother, sister, and me.  FH's sister has been dating someone for about a year and lives with him.  They didn't invite him to the weddings.  To be fair, she is very unpredictable and kindof a loose canon who could be buying a puppy with a guy one day, and breaking up with him the next.  Anyway, FH's dad made a BIG stink about it to his sister (mother of the grooms) who responded with "well I never know who she's dating".  FH's dad wants us to not invite her other two daughter's relatively long-term boyfriends to the wedding.  Note that one of the daughters lives with her bf, whom we've met, and they've been together for a few years.  The other daughter hasn't been dating her bf for long and they are about to be long-distance in different countries.  Considering these circumstances, what do we do???

    Thank you for your help!
    -Mel
    1. If you are inviting 75% of your team, I would personally just invite the last person and her SO to make it less awkward.  You will probably spend no more than 2 minutes with her the whole day.
    2. If someone is in a relationship, no matter what the length, their SO should be invited BY NAME. 
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  • 1.  If the co-worker is the only person on your "Team" that wouldn't be invited, I think you should invite her.  People spend so much time at work, you don't want to do anything that could make things feel awkward or hurt her feelings.  Of course, I'm not saying people always need to invite their coworkers.  But when it's a group of 3 or group of 5 or whatever.  And everyone gets invited, except one person.  It can feel awful to be that one person. 

    2.  I'm going to give some definitions.  An SO stand for Significant Other.  That is someone with whom one of your guests is dating seriously.  And it is THEIR definition of dating seriously.  It doesn't matter if the couple has only gone on one date.  An SO must always be invited to a wedding, by name, on the same invitation with your guest.

    A Plus One is offering to let a guest bring an extra person.  Whether that is someone they're casually dating but don't feel it is "SO" territory yet (by their definition) or their mom or their BFF or whomever.  It is not necessary to give your guests a Plus One.

    In addition, even if a guest doesn't have an SO right now...if they do by the time the invites go out...that SO needs to be invited also.  As such, you also need to take that into account and have potential space/budget available.

    If you all want to keep a rein on numbers, invite in "circles".  Especially when it comes to family.  30-50 first cousins, including their SO's?  Then don't invite every, single one of them.  Invite none or the few that you and your H are closer to.  Family might squawk, but it's perfectly fine to keep your wedding more limited. 

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  • I’d invite the only person on your team not invited. You’ll see her for a few minutes day of.  

    What your FFIL is proposing is extremely petty and immature.  You must invite the SO’s.
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  • levioosalevioosa Southern California
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    You need to invite all of these people. 

    Leaving out one person out of everyone on your team will feel shitty and petty to her. You’ll barely have to interact with her. Not inviting her can have work ramifications. 

    Anyone in a relationship, regardless of length of time together, needs to be invited. FFIL is being petty and ridiculous. 


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  • downtondivadowntondiva
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    Do not exclude one person from your team. The only interaction you are required to have with her at your wedding is to say hello and thank her for coming. Avoiding 1-2 minutes of interacting with her at your wedding is not worth long-term fallout at work, which is definitely a possibility.

    Significant others need to be invited. Yes, it was wrong for these relatives not to invite your FSIL's boyfriend, but there's no reason to continue the pettiness. Two wrongs don't make a right.
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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston
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    As much as you might like to exclude that one co-worker, I wouldn't do it because sadly, your office relationship could suffer if you do. I would suck it up and invite her with her SO if she has one.

    If your FI's sister is in a relationship, then her SO must also be invited, regardless of how your FFIL feels about it.
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  • MobKazMobKaz Chicago suburbs
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    Hello!  Trying to figure out what to do here - I have two questions.

    1. Co-workers.  So my FH and I work in the same office suite (we live in a VERY small town and work in the same field - employment options are extremely limited, story for another day).  We will both be inviting our bosses with their wives.  We are also inviting three other co-workers who all sit within 30 feet of us (FH works around the corner in the office from me).  In total, his small team of 3 people plus 2 other people on neither of our immediate teams, plus my boss are all invited.  Outside of the bosses, we hang out with all of those people on a regular basis outside of work.  HOWEVER, I have one more person on my Team whom I never see outside of work.  I don't *hate her, but I don't really like her much either, she drives me mildly crazy.  Considering these unique circumstances, do I have to invite her???

    2. Plus-ones.  Okay so FH has a HUMONGOUS family.  We went to his two cousin's weddings (one after the other, they are brothers - they are FH's dad's nephews, so FH's dad's sister's sons - sorry about the craziness).  They invited FH's parents with FH, his brother, sister, and me.  FH's sister has been dating someone for about a year and lives with him.  They didn't invite him to the weddings.  To be fair, she is very unpredictable and kindof a loose canon who could be buying a puppy with a guy one day, and breaking up with him the next.  Anyway, FH's dad made a BIG stink about it to his sister (mother of the grooms) who responded with "well I never know who she's dating".  FH's dad wants us to not invite her other two daughter's relatively long-term boyfriends to the wedding.  Note that one of the daughters lives with her bf, whom we've met, and they've been together for a few years.  The other daughter hasn't been dating her bf for long and they are about to be long-distance in different countries.  Considering these circumstances, what do we do???

    Thank you for your help!
    -Mel
    Even though these people are co-workers, if they have SO's, you must invite them as well, even if you have not met them.  In total, you are looking at the potential of 6 from his small team, plus 4 other people on neither of your immediate teams. 
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  • Oh, those were two separate questions . . . almost all of the coworkers are single - they won't be getting plus ones.  For the ones who are not single, their SOs are invited.  The first question was about another coworker, the second was about plus ones for family :-) 
  • LondonLisaLondonLisa London, UK
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    Oh, those were two separate questions . . . almost all of the coworkers are single - they won't be getting plus ones.  For the ones who are not single, their SOs are invited.  The first question was about another coworker, the second was about plus ones for family :-) 
    you are completely misunderstanding what was said. The man who lives with your FH's sister is not a plus one. That is a SO. You invite all SOs. 

    And for "almost all single"- your coworkers who are not single need to have their SO's invited too. 

    The rule applies to everyone. Doesn't really matter if they are two separate questions. 
  • Guests in relationships are invited as a couple, even if you don't think it's serious enough, even if you don't like their SO, even if you haven't met them. If they consider themselves in a relationship with someone, you invite them together, by name.

    "Plus One" is for single guests, guests who are not in a relationship when you send invites out ~6 weeks before the wedding, if you have the room and budget for them. They are not required. It is not for guests seeing someone, again, you invite their SO by name.

    You invite everyone you've asked about, because otherwise you are being incredibly rude and it's going to reflect badly on you. Do not purposefully exclude someone's SO just to get some weird petty "revenge", be the bigger person and do the right thing.
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  • So sorry, this was meant for a different comment!
  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya
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    So, then, love dumpling, what's your reasoning for deleting this one?
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  • Because of people like you :-)  I got my answers, now it's just becoming rude.  Thank you for your opinion and I hope your life gets better.  I actually mean that. 
  • Thank you, this is really good, constructive feedback.  And by "Closed", I mean, there was a way to select "question answered" or something along those lines.  And also, on the homepage of the forum it has many closed threads - the previous time I posted it was closed, that is all I am looking to do, as people are very very upset that I have posted twice!! I hope that makes sense. 
  • thisismynickname2thisismynickname2 City By The Lake
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    Thank you, this is really good, constructive feedback.  And by "Closed", I mean, there was a way to select "question answered" or something along those lines.  And also, on the homepage of the forum it has many closed threads - the previous time I posted it was closed, that is all I am looking to do, as people are very very upset that I have posted twice!! I hope that makes sense. 
    "Closed" is usually when a zombie thread gets resurrected after like, 6 months or more of no one responding. Only the mods do that. If you want to ask a question, there is a way to post an actual question rather than discussion. That allows you to mark an answer, and then the post on the homepage reflects as "Answered."
    Alas, most posts are simple discussions and the original poster can't control how many responses occur. 
    The only other reason a mod would close a discussion to additional posting is if things got super heated and out of hand. 

    This is a pretty normal discussion OP, so no worries here. 
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya
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    Thank you, this is really good, constructive feedback.  And by "Closed", I mean, there was a way to select "question answered" or something along those lines.  And also, on the homepage of the forum it has many closed threads - the previous time I posted it was closed, that is all I am looking to do, as people are very very upset that I have posted twice!! I hope that makes sense. 
    Threads are closed when they've been inactive for extended periods of time, like 6 months or more. 

    And I think you're misreading our tones. We might be a little snarky but I seriously doubt any of us a very very upset over a double post on an internet message board. 

    But thank you for your hope that my life gets better. Not sure how you know anything about me or what my life is currently like, but things can always get better!
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  • edited July 18
    Oh thank you, @thisismynickname2 this is very helpful. thisismynickname2 said:
    Thank you, this is really good, constructive feedback.  And by "Closed", I mean, there was a way to select "question answered" or something along those lines.  And also, on the homepage of the forum it has many closed threads - the previous time I posted it was closed, that is all I am looking to do, as people are very very upset that I have posted twice!! I hope that makes sense. 
    "Closed" is usually when a zombie thread gets resurrected after like, 6 months or more of no one responding. Only the mods do that. If you want to ask a question, there is a way to post an actual question rather than discussion. That allows you to mark an answer, and then the post on the homepage reflects as "Answered."
    Alas, most posts are simple discussions and the original poster can't control how many responses occur. 
    The only other reason a mod would close a discussion to additional posting is if things got super heated and out of hand. 

    This is a pretty normal discussion OP, so no worries here. 

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