This post is part of my Destination Wedding Etiquette Q&A series, where I answer reader’s questions.
Destination Wedding Etiquette Question by Andrea
“I know it is not proper etiquette to invite anyone to the bridal shower who isn’t invited to the destination wedding, however, when I mentioned the wedding to a few coworkers, they said they wanted to come. When I told them it would be in Jamaica they said they wouldn’t be able to come to the destination wedding but wanted to know if I would still invite them to my bridal shower.
My sister will be planning my shower and my question is, do I send an invitation to people that request one for my shower even though they have already said they wouldn’t be able to go to the wedding?”
Cynthia @ Destination Wedding Details Says
First of all, congratulations on your upcoming destination wedding! Jamaica is such a gorgeous, romantic and fun location to tie the knot – you’re going to have the time of your life!
Now to answer your question – it is perfectly acceptable to send a bridal shower invitation to your co-workers because the expectations have already been set upfront. It is only in poor taste to invite someone to the bridal shower and not the destination wedding IF they are expecting a wedding invitation that never comes.
In your case, they asked to be invited despite the fact that they will not be able to attend the destination wedding. They already know they’re not going to the destination wedding and specifically asked you for a bridal shower invitation anyway. There won’t be any surprises when they don’t receive a destination wedding invitation and therefore no hard feelings.
I think that good etiquette is not so much about following a set of “rules” as it is about treating others as you would want to be treated and having common courtesy. Your situation is easy because your co-workers already told you they can’t attend the wedding but want to share some part of your celebration by attending the shower. If you don’t mind having them there, then go ahead and send them an invitation.
Best of luck and congrats once again!
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Inviting guests to the shower but not the destination wedding
by: Cynthia from Destination Wedding GuideYou have to ask yourself – Would you feel comfortable having your former boss on vacation with you and your immediate family? Because this is a very real possibility even if he told you now that he’s not planning to go.I’m curious why he’d ask for an invitation if he already knows he can’t go. That seems a bit odd and suggests that he might be leaving the door open to the possibility. If you don’t mind having him vacation with you, then go ahead and send the invitation. But don’t send it if deep down you don’t want him to attend. You can always get away with saying that it’s an intimate destination wedding with only close family.