Wedding Invitations: Can I Invite a Guest to a Wedding or Party If My Significant Other Can’t Attend?

Is it ever okay to invite a stand-in guest if your significant other can’t make it to the wedding or party?

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On occasion, you won’t be able to attend a wedding-related event — or worse, you’ll have to go stag! Here’s how to deal with invitations like these without being impolite.

Dear Wedding Guru: “My husband and I have been invited to our friend’s daughter’s engagement party. My husband works out of the country and won’t be able to attend. This is a large cocktail party, and although we’re close to the bride’s parents, I won’t know most of the other guests well enough to stand around and carry on conversation. Can I take a female friend with me in place of my husband? Or should I just be brave and attend alone?”

(Our answer on next page)

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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