Post # 1
Ok so Im in a tiny pickle…’
I caught wind that my shower is costing $200 per person for 9 people. That is extremely expensive and unecessary in my opinion. 100% appreciate the gesture that my MOH and sister is attempting however Im aware of at least two of the maids that are not thrilled at the idea of shelling out all that money plus dress, hair, rooms for two nights at a hotel, gifts and on top of that all Im pregnant and a baby shower will follow soon after the wedding. We’re talking around $1000!!!!
Now Im not sure if it is in bad taste to intervene. My initial response was no way however after I’ve thought about it I believe it is an adults responsibility to speak up for herself and inform the MOH that it is out of their price range.
I also know quite well The MOH herself is also in no place to spend that kind of money.
Do I but in or stay out of it and graciously accept whatever they so kindly plan for me??? I just don’t want resentment. My friends are like family to me.
Post # 3
@SBrosnan: I would say something. Mention that you are a simple gal, and it means the world to you to have your closest friends celebrate with you in a low key way that isn’t going to break the bank. And that you don’t want them to feel the need to go overboard, because the most important thing is spending time, not money, with you. I hope they will understand and I bet that they’ll be secretly relieved!
Post # 4
I would politely say something.
Post # 5
I’d butt in…
BUT that is because I am an Etiquette Snob… and I’d point out to the MOH that “social events” such as a Shower don’t impose a Cover Charge for Guests.
I take it from your post and the statement…
” shower is costing $200 per person for 9 people”
That this is what is happening… the MOH is organizing something, and then charging each girl this $ 200 to participate.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
As a Host, one should organize an event, that they can afford… and then be pleased if the Invited People decided to attend, and if they choose to bring a gift all the better.
The role of the Host is ALWAYS to make their Guests feel Welcome, valued and considered… not awkward, uncomfortable, or broke !!
IMO you are well within your rights to butt in and tell your MOH that what she is doing is not proper etiquette, and therefore could potentially make YOUR FRIENDS feel uncomfortable (and you as well as the Guest of Honour). She needs to go back to the drawing-board and revise this or change the event totally to be one that is more Guest friendly.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
I’d say – stay out. The shower is supposed to be a surprise and you’re not supposed to know how much people spent, I’m assuming. Tell the maids that are spending too much to tell the MOH, or whomever is planning it, to see if they can cut the cost somewhere. You’re right – they’re adults. They can speak up for themselves.
Post # 7
I’d tell the girls who can’t afford it to speak up louder for themselves. THEY need to say to the MOH, “I really can’t afford this right now, so I’m either going to not have to attend, or else I will only be able to contribute $X, or I’d be glad to help you plan another less expensive shower.”
They’re YOUR friends, (or also friends of MOH?) So if you encourage them to do this, then hopefully they will realize there is no risk that they will lose your friendship- and why should they care what the MOH thinks of them? (Assuming they’re good friends with you and more acquaintances with MOH.)
Post # 8
@This Time Round: Well not necessarily….the invite list is 60 people. The bridesmaids will be paying for the shower.
Not sure if this changes your opinion…..
Post # 9
Thanks for the UPDATE.
YES having more info is helpful.
In that case, yes it does change my opinion.
I agree with the others. IF they are all acting as the HOSTS and the $ 200 isn’t towards a gift, but rather the cost of organizing / hosting the party… and they aren’t just being the Guests… then they need to talk to the MOH themselves, and tell her that the current design doesn’t fly for them…
If they were just Guests, they could otherwise quite easily opt out of attending. That is what a lot of folks do when they receive an Invite that has gone against proper Etiquette by imposing a Cover Charge (sad but true, there are people who actually have events like Showers and TELL the Guests that they need to bring CASH to cover the cost of the event / gift)
Hope this helps,