Originally Posted by JBean
Ladies - I never knew how stressful a destination wedding could be, or all the things you would learn about people in the process. I'm afraid this whole experience has left a bad taste in my mouth. We knew not a lot of people would be able to come to Mexico, and that was fine. I was handling it all quite well, until yesterday, when 3 people (including a bridesmaid!) bailed on the wedding, a mere 50 days out. A bride can only take so much!
I need to vent so I'm saying all the things you can't say, and I'm saying them here so that I don't make some regrettable phone calls the next time I've had a few bevies.
1) It's not the fact that you're not coming that is bothersome, it's the way you go (or don't go) about it. Why wait until the LAST MINUTE to RSVP? If you know you're not coming, why not pop the little card in the mail? Huh? But at least you people RSVP'd at all! Which leads me to...
2) LEARN how to RSVP people - is this a lost art? Has respect gone out the window? WE INCLUDED THE STAMP AND sent out reminder emails - it's not that difficult!! And frankly, it's inconsiderate and RUDE.
3) For those of you (especially close family members) that said to our faces that you would "definitely be there", and loved to talk about how much fun it was going to be, and THEN miss the RSVP deadline AND don't end up booking - Seriously???
4) To all the people who use money as an excuse for not coming - You all had over a year and half to plan and save for this wedding. If you REALLY wanted to be there, MOST of you could have made it happen. At least lie and say you can't get the time off - that's a bit easier to swallow.
5) To my eldest (yet seemingly youngest) brother - don't pin your inability to come to the wedding and financial issues on your baby daughter, and then post pics of your new motorbike on Facebook. Also, when our other brother (who IS coming) offers to share a room with you to cut costs, don't say "I'd rather have a room to myself" and then tell me the trip is cost prohibitive.
6) To my fiance's family, of which barely anyone is coming or even bothered to RSVP - I wish I had more reasons to be excited about becoming a part of this family. Your welcome was about as warm as a block of ice.
7) To my bridesmaid, who waited until yesterday (6 weeks out) to cancel - see #4. Waiting this long to cancel, unfortunately, will hurt our friendship. I have your dress, BM gift and flowers sitting here, reminding me that one of my longest, closest friends, who swore she'd be there - will not be.
8) Finally, to those of you who *gasp* RSVP'd ON TIME (and some of you more than once, just to be sure we got it), whether you're coming to the wedding or not - THANK YOU!
It's taking every ounce of strength I have not to post this on Facebook.
JBean, what a great thread! And it looks like there are a lot of us who are frustrated, including me!!
I agree with you 1,000,000%!! It isn't so much the fact that you are coming or not coming; a little thing called RSVP really really helps!! Learn to do it the proper way!
I have a guest who totally ignored my emails and phone calls and then I ended up learning (through someone else) that they have absolutely no money and can't come! Appalling, considering they didn't have the gumption to just be upfront and honest with me, AND, that out of all our guests, their two tickets would end up costing the least - having had a year's notice to save up for this wedding. I'm trying hard not to say anything directly to this person, or even too much to my fiance, because she's going to be future family and I don't want any rifts to form other than the one she's creating.... I've asked for her to call us so we can just talk to her and she can tell us directly what her situation is; but has she? Nope..... If she would have called, we would have offered to pay for their tickets because we found such a cheap deal for them. But I guess she really didn't want to talk to us or whatever. I've decided that it's her loss really....not ours. Of course my future mother-in-law keeps mentioning that it's because we chose to have our wedding in such an expensive place as Mexico. As much as I love her, I told my fiance that I don't want to hear that anymore because it obviously turned out to be less expensive for his family than mine so let's not bring money into this discussion.
And then I have family members who sat on their duffs and have not purchased any tickets despite me having notified them three times in the last month and a half of reasonable airfares! And yesterday my mom tells me that they told her they might not come because ticket prices are too expensive! Well, DUH..... If you had purchased tickets when I told you to, you wouldn't have had to pay extra now would you?!?
My main problem with all of this is the lack of communication. Be up front with me. Let's have a discussion and let's see if I can help you figure something out! I'm not made of money of course but I feel I am somewhat of a savvy traveler so let's look at all the options that may be available! Don't ignore me or twiddle your thumbs expecting the money fairy to drop a bucket of $100 bills on you!
So that's my vent.....
I think people CHOOSE not to take it off and use the excuse that they are a teacher.. COME ON.. SERIOUSLY you can take time off from any job I don't care what it is... Especially if you give a years notice.. Excuses Excuses
These are definitely excuses indeed. I have a friend who's a teacher. She had a year's notice but she knew she couldn't use any vacation days since she technically doesn't have any; but she has personal days. So she decided she's going to call in sick the day before and make it a long weekend. I'm so grateful she'll be there. I also know other people who could probably adjust their schedules with plenty of time but have chosen not to. Oh well.