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Paying For Things When Being Invited To Special Events

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One of my friends is going to a bachelor’s party this week and due to financial difficulties he has opted to not attend the events during the morning and afternoon in an effort to save money. This was kind of surprising to me as I am used to these types of situations as being if you are invited to a special occasion like this that the inviter would normally cover the cost for basic stuff. Of course I’m sure people would rather pay for their own way, but that was kind of surprising to see that apparently everyone had to pay for their own in everyway. I remember doing something like that for my brother’s bachelor party anyways. If people wanted to get themselves hammered afterwards, then that was their own out of pocket expense.

It makes me think of things like say a basic birthday party too. Normally like for that whoever is organizing/hosting the event would cover the cost for basic food and beverages while the attendee showing up and then buying a simple gift is usually the way to pay for it I guess you can say. I guess for some it depends on how formal the event in question is. Imagine going to a wedding and being asked to pay for the food bill during the reception. I’ve also seen some times where people who were invited to dine out at a restaurant for a gathering didn’t think that they had to pay for anything since they were invited and the person who invited them got really upset and they were labeled as a cheapskate from then on.

Kind of confusing at times I suppose and I have seen people who would simply pretend that they never got an invitation to certain events as they don’t want to feel obligated to have to pay to attend in some way.




one Comments to Paying For Things When Being Invited To Special Events

  • Hmm. Actually, I usually assume the opposite, that whenever you are invited to something, that you are going to pay your own way. People have extravagant bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas and I don’t think it’s fair for the best man to foot the bill. The exception would be things like a wedding, baby shower or if somebody says they already bought tickets to an event (like a baseball game or theater) and asks if you want to go. In that case, you would still try to pay them back by buying them dinner or paying for the tickets the next time.

    joewatch 8/13/2007 10:30 am

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