You spend a lot of time and part of your life at work with the people you work with. That said, what are the rules to inviting your co-workers to your wedding? Do you invite everyone and risk going over budget or do you invite a select few?
My general rule when it comes to people you invite whether they are family members, social circles, or co-workers is: Invite people that care about you and you want to share your special day with. There should not be any obligations to invite certain individuals regardless of their relationship with you. If they are your third cousin, twice removed, and you haven’t seen them in 10 years, save the invite and give it to someone at work you cannot imagine them not being there.
When it comes to co-workers, the easiest gauge is whether or not you actually talk to them about things other than work. If you see them as friends and talk to them about your personal life, and have meet up with them outside of work. Easy answer. Of course, you would want to invite them to your wedding. If you have a small office and only talk to three out of seven people there, invite the three. There is a chance the other four coworkers didn’t even know you are engaged or don’t care. Don’t stress about inviting these individuals. If you get a sense their feelings might be hurt, have an honest conversation with them and tell them you are watching your budget and can only invite so many people to your wedding. Tell them that you would love to do something before or after the wedding with them. Remember, after the wedding you still have to work with these people. Best to maintain a good working relationship with all of them.
Lastly, do you invite your boss? Yes, if your boss has been supportive and you want them there. No, if you don’t want your boss to see you drunk and let loose at the end of the night. Yes, if for office politics. No, if you don’t want to appear you are inviting your boss to get ahead. In summary, invite who you want for the reasons you have set out. There are no right or wrong decisions with who you invite.
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