Post # 1
Two of FH’s friends got engaged a few months and are having a destination wedding. Unfortunately, we just can’t afford to drop $4000 on a trip six months before our wedding. 🙁 I’m super disappointed because they’re such a sweet couple and I would love to see them get married! All of FH’s friends are going on the trip, and I know FH feels awful he can’t go (I do too), especially when we hear everyone talking about the trip.
Any ideas on gifts we could get them in lieu of actually being there?
Post # 3
anonabeecanuck: I had a DW and of course had a lot of friends who couldn’t make it. It was a bummer that they couldn’t come but of course we COMPLETELY understood. It was really fun to share pictures with them after the fact though!
In terms of a gift – if you wanted to do something that made you feel like you were part of the experience, maybe you could buy them an excursion or treat to enjoy during their stay? A couples massage or a snorkeling outing or something? That said, if their trip is totally jam packed this may not work out….
Post # 4
anonabeecanuck: Another destination bride here. I too COMPLETELY understood that some people couldn’t make it. Your friends will understand.
One couple that we’re friends with took us out for a great steak dinner as our gift when we got back… I think that was one of my favourite gifts. We got a chance to catch up, which was SO much fun. We showed them pictures etc. They live a bit far from us and we don’t get together as much as we would like, so that was a really fantastic idea.
Post # 5
anonabeecanuck: Completely understand! We have some friends that can’t make it either or their wedding will be after ours but cost wise they wouldn’t be able to swing it. We have our registry set up with our resort so those who can’t come but really wanted to be a part of it have purchased excursions, dinner on the beach for us and other little oddities there (we seriously do not need another kitchen appliance thank to QVC ) . We will definatley share pictures with them and express our gratitude. I would ask them what they really want as gifts or maybe it could be some favors for them before they leave.
Post # 6
Call their hotel and maybe have champagne and strawberries sent there from you for their arrival, purchase some massages or a romatic dinner for them? All else, send a card prior to them leaving with money for them to use while there.
Post # 7
anonabeecanuck: Just get them something off their registry? I know you’re disappointed, but I’m not convinced your absence is something that needs to be made up for.