Thursday, October 29


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My best friend is planning a 60-plus person engagement party in August — how can I graciously decline?

Group Chat is In The Know’s weekly advice column, where our editors respond to your questions about dating, friendships, family, social media and beyond. Have a question for the chat? Submit it here anonymously and we’ll do our best to reply.Hi, Group Chat,Right before quarantine happened, one of my best friends got engaged and asked me to be a bridesmaid. She didn’t want to have a prolonged engagement, so she quickly planned to have an engagement party this August and a wedding just a few months later in November. Though I was initially excited about all of the wedding planning, now the idea of attending a party makes me nervous. States are starting to open up again, but I still don’t feel safe going to a party with 60-plus people, especially when some of them w...