Business owner - declining social invites for spouse

by Jordan
(NY)

I am a small business owner and in the course of doing business/getting new business, I am often asked to attend social events—and I am encouraged to bring my spouse. While my husband is supportive of me running my own business in general, he hates going to these social events where really it's about business, and he doesn't know anyone, and isn't in the same industry.


I understand not wanting to go (heck, half the time I don't want to go!) but I've sort of acccepted that these types of events are a part of building a successful business and making valuable and meaningful relationships.

How do I graciously decline these events on his behalf? Should I continue to make excuses for him? Or just be honest, that he doesn't go to those things? Or should he just bite the bullet and accept that attending the occasional social event with me is part of being the supportive spouse of a business owner?

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Invitation Acceptance Choice
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Jordan,

Simply tell the truth. It is your husband’s choice to decline invitations to your company related events. Only the boorish will inquire further. Many wife’s feel this way and some decline as well. He is entitled to his own choices, of course. But if his refusal is part a large relationship issue, you will have to resolve that yourselves.

Good luck!

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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