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To not take part in the 'Surprise' for my co-workers wedding?

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VenusOfWillendorf Tue 23-Jul-13 12:54:46

​here is a guy from my group at work ​getting married next month. We had a 'secret' meeting this week to discuss what to get for the happy couple and what to do for him. Normally we'd have a small apero at work, drinks cake etc and present the gift.
However, they (my group) decided this morning that we should surprise them by showing up on the wedding morning to wish them well. The plan is to meet up behind the cathedral and then pop out with a 'Surprise!". One of the guys from my group rang the registry this morning to find out time of the wedding; at first they were reluctant to tell him 'due to bad experiences in the past" ... but they did eventually give him the time. ​

I think that this is a terrible idea! I really would not like it if a crowd of people from work decided to show up at my wedding! But everyone else seems to think that it is perfectly normal. And I also don't particularly want to take a morning off work (I would allowed to, but would need to make up the hours at a later time).​ I'm not living in the UK, this is in Continental Europe, the guy getting married is from Eastern Europe, most of the group are French, German, Swiss and Italian. Nobody knows anything about the Bride to Be. I think I'm going to opt out of going. I just think the whole idea is a bit mad.

StealthPolarBear Tue 23-Jul-13 12:55:57

No, yanbu. in fact you sound like the only one with any sense! Unless this is some sort of established tradition and half-expected it's a terrible idea!

patienceisvirtuous Tue 23-Jul-13 12:56:07

What a terrible idea!

Purple2012 Tue 23-Jul-13 12:57:19

Terrible idea. Yanbu.

BadgersNadgers Tue 23-Jul-13 12:57:50

Do they really dislike him or something?

Sirzy Tue 23-Jul-13 12:57:59

i think the Groom will have much more exciting things on his mind than being 'suprised' by a group of people from work. I doubt he will even notice them.

what a bizzare idea!

VenusOfWillendorf Tue 23-Jul-13 12:58:24

As far as I know, it isn't an established tradition; I've lived here for ten years and never heard of anyone doing this. I think they just think it would be a nice surprise. I think they are crazy; I would HATE it.

comedycentral Tue 23-Jul-13 13:00:41

shock Bad idea!

MrsKeithRichards Tue 23-Jul-13 13:01:07

Haha! What a lame idea!

PerchedOnMyPeddleStool Tue 23-Jul-13 13:01:56

That's bizarre.
I'd hate to be on the receiving end of that, the groom could have 101 things on or people to meet/organise before his wedding.

Terrible idea, don't do it and let the rest of the group know why.

MalcolmTuckersMum Tue 23-Jul-13 13:03:07

Shittest idea I've ever heard of. Seriously - it's so far beyond shit that it's actually whizzed off the end of the Shit-O-Meter.

TarkaTheOtter Tue 23-Jul-13 13:04:33

That's a terrible idea. If you aren't invited to the wedding it will be excruciatingly awkward that you are all there.

fuzzpig Tue 23-Jul-13 13:06:00

That's a ridiculous idea.

I would tell your colleague TBH - if by some miracle he is actually happy with it, maybe you could ask him not to tell them that you've given the game away... but (more likely) if he is annoyed at the idea then at least you've warned him and he can tell them not to!

Atomiksnowflake Tue 23-Jul-13 13:06:07

Over here in switzerland,the co-workers ,people you are in clubs etc. wait for you outside the church. At our wedding we had to walk under a hosepipe display from the firebrigade and play some games.
My riding friends all came on horseback to line the way from the church.
It is a tradtion in europe ,saves on having to invite them to the reception.

CrazyOldCatLady Tue 23-Jul-13 13:06:23

That's the worst wedding idea I've ever heard. It can only result in awkwardness and an annoyed bride and groom.

Crinkle77 Tue 23-Jul-13 13:09:07

Yanbu it is rather an odd thing to suggest. It is one thing to go and watch them going in or coming out but to do 'surprise we're here' is bizarre. I am sure the groom will be busy with other things and won't have time to stop hello to you all. I would not go.

Unexpected Tue 23-Jul-13 13:09:12

But what happens after they jump out and shout "surprise"!? Does everyone just wander off back to work then or will the groom feel obliged to stand around having photos taken and chatting to people who aren't invited to the day? And if you normally do drinks at work and this is taking the place of that, will he not be mightily miffed on leaving work on his last day to think that everyone has forgotten about his wedding?

pizzaqueen Tue 23-Jul-13 13:10:16

He didn't invite his co-workers for a reason. What a bizarre idea.

i don't dislike my co-workers, in fact we get on quite well, but i wouldn't want them at my wedding. it would make me feel awkward if they turned up.


when DH and I married a crowd of about 6 women from his office turned up outside the registry office and waved to us over the fence as we had our photos done... confused

squoosh Tue 23-Jul-13 13:17:21

'We're only your work colleagues, you chose not to invite us, but we're here anyway. SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!' Talk about attention seeking on someone else's day.

You're quite right, crap idea.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Tue 23-Jul-13 13:30:24

It's a bit making his day all about them.

I think you should tell him - if he doesn't mind he can practice his surprised look for it. If he does mind he can tell them all about his "friend" whose co-workers turned up uninvited and how awful it was.....

DontmindifIdo Tue 23-Jul-13 13:35:47

I'd point out that if he wanted you all there, you'd be invited. He will be dealing with his wedding guests, his actual friends and family.

Try to talk people out of it, keep stressing how embarrassing it will be and that they are making his wedding about them, not about him.

SmartiesMakeMeNaughty Tue 23-Jul-13 13:37:17

I think here in Scotland it used to be the case that it was normal for people who felt affection for the couple but were not invited to come and see the bride "going in."
However I don't really think it seems to be the case any more and would now be considered at best wrong headed and at worst barking and rather a passive aggressive gesture.

SmartiesMakeMeNaughty Tue 23-Jul-13 13:38:29

Also I think it's part of a bygone age when weddings were more traditional and for the family.

SlightlyItchyBraStrap Tue 23-Jul-13 13:38:38

Hilarious! I hope they're all wearing gorilla masks. Please please please tell him in advance so he can have his response planned, or maybe hire a double to throw them off the track.

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