I am getting married next year and want to invite some co-workers to my wedding because I have a friendly connection with them. I work at an open floor plan and we lunch with about 15 people every single work day.
The co-workers I want to invite to my wedding all have different expertises and share those expertises with at least 1 more person so we all have a small department we work in (except for me I am the sole operator at my department).
I don't want to invite all of my co-workers because of lack of space and lack of money, but I do want to invite some.
I'd like to invite person A of department 'x', but person B for department 'x' I do not want to invite.
I can imagine that inviting people to my wedding like this can cause some chatty behaviour in an already very chatty environment. Which I wouldn't prefer.
This is really causing me some stress, because I can only invite all of my co-workers if I scrap some friends, which I wouldn't do. But if I make a selection of co-workers it might come across as if I like working with others more . Which I do ofcourse, but other people might not see that and this could be an awkward wake-up call.
Someone else invited just all the co-workers from the IT-department. I could do this, but then some people I would like to be there would miss out and people I rather not to be there would be there as well.
What steps can I take to be as professional as possible about sending wedding invitations too some co-workers but not all?
I choose to invite the people who work at least 1 year at the company at the time of the wedding. I know these people the longest and so far I didn't have any hard feelings about it from anyone. This is a border which allowed me to invite the people I wanted to invite and a border I can 'defend' in front of others. Thanks for your input!