Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My cousin’s wedding is coming up and I just got my invitation. I’m not dating anyone, but the invitation says my name and guest. My best friend knows the couple, but wasn’t invited to the wedding. I’d love to take her, because I know we’ll have a lot of fun. She and the couple have always gotten along, they just weren’t as close to her as me, which is fine with my friend, she isn’t the kind of person that is bothered by that sort of thing. Can I invite a mutual friend who wasn’t invited to the wedding if I have a plus one?

Answer: To be on the safe side, before inviting your friend, ask the couple if they mind you bringing her. They will most likely love the idea, but in the event that the couple has some reason they don’t want your friend there (for example, if “Sally” feels awkward having your friend there, because she was “Joe’s” high school crush), but that you aren’t privy to, you can avoid an awkward “take bake” of the invitation. Once you have the all clear, invite your bestie and have a ball!


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