I had one of my Recruiters ask for some advice this week. It wasn’t work advice, it was a little more personal. She had told a person she would attend the wedding of a family member with them but was having second thoughts. It was one of those Holy Crap moments! I don’t really like this person that much, and I don’t want to go to a family wedding with him and send the wrong message.
So, what was my advice? It started out pretty straight. Tell them the truth! “Look, dude, I’m just not that into you, and the last place on earth I want to be on Saturday evening is sitting at a table with your parents and Aunt Betty with them thinking “ours” is next!”
As you can imagine, that wasn’t going to do. Not that she didn’t want to tell him the truth, but she also didn’t want to hurt him. She was looking for a softer way to cut him loose. You know! A how-do-I-get-him-to-not-want-me-to-go excuse – like he can’t stand my breath or I have hammer toes, or something!?
Now, she was truly diving into my end of the pool! You want a “Fake Reason” why you can’t go! YES! I’m in HR. I’m in Recruiting. I’m the king of fake excuses for why people don’t get the job! I’m on it!
So, here’s the first 3 I gave her:
- You have VD! (Ok, I know this is strong right out of the gate – but let’s face the facts – most dudes will run from this! Funny Fact: She is a millennial and had no idea what “VD” was! I’m old! Using WWII references like it was cool 2015 slang!)
- Your Dog has Cancer! (Sketchy I know, but girls and their pets…this one might work. Funny Fact: Her dog actually did have Eye Cancer but was cured, so not technically lying…)
- You have to Babysit for a Co-worker! (Now this one is fraught with problems, guys have gotten this one before and they might pull a. “Oh, I’ll come and help!” then you’re stuck and have to find some brat to babysit for the night. Funny Fact: She was like “Oh, hell No! I have a Real Job, why would I babysit!”)
All of this brainstorming got me thinking of how I’ve personally gotten out of going to Co-workers Weddings that I didn’t want to go to. Here is my Top 5 Excuses to Miss a Co-worker’s Wedding:
- I’ll be on Vacation! This is good because you usually find out about the wedding of a co-worker way ahead of time. All you have to do is actually plan for this and take your vacation during the weekend of the wedding. Far, far away from the actual wedding.
- My kid has a sports tournament out of town that weekend. A little sketchy, but it is really hard for them to verify you really didn’t have a sports tournament, and let’s face it, I’m going to my kid’s sports game (the 127th of this year) vs. your once in a lifetime moment.
- I came down with the “Flu”!This one nobody believes, but it’s the go-to excuse because everyone uses it and it has been internationally certified as an acceptable lie to get out of anything.
- My Mom/Dad/Grandma/Grandpa/Great Aunt Betty/etc. fell and are at the hospital. I needed to go see them. They needed my help. It was serious. Let’s face old people fall. In fact, it might be the only thing they have left to do. You hear about old people falling every day. This is a very usable excuse in a pinch because it’s somewhat believable and old people don’t remember later on when someone asks “How are you doing after your fall?”, and they’ll go “better” and then complain about their aches and pains.
- I’ve got another Wedding that same day! Again, believable, but what you’re really saying to the person is “I’ve ranked you lower than someone else in my life. I hope you understand, but I didn’t buy you a place setting off your registry!”
What is your top excuse for not going to a co-worker’s wedding?
This one is easy. No lie or no excuse needed. “Sorry I’m/we’re not going to make it.” Treat the invite like you’re using PTO. You don’t need a reason. You just won’t be there.
Having two kids under 6 always helps me in a real pinch.
Also, when you had planned to go, but now don’t feel like it, go with, “sorry something came up, and we’re not going to make it.” Even if that something is game 6 of the NBA finals.
I just tell them that I only attend family member’s and friends’ weddings. I have a policy not to attend coworker’s weddings. Avoid impression of nepotism from other employees.
Diarrhea is always the right answer. People tend to accept and not question it as an excuse
This made me laugh out loud this morning! I am getting married in August and have invited some former colleagues who I am proud to call friends. I will certainly be referring back to this article to see if they use any of these excuses.
Thanks for the early morning humor,