Oh my gawd, yes! This has been unbelievable. Unbelievable. Ours is a destination wedding, so I’ve spent weeks and weeks and weeks making everything as simple and user-friendly and affordable as possible. And NO ONE has heard a word I’ve said.
To give just one example — out of a million, cause the entire wedding’s been like this: The insane airline-ticket deafness all the guests have suddenly fallen ill with.
In MARCH I got a group rate ticket reservation, for discounted tickets, and plunked down a $2000 deposit out of my pocket.
In MAY I told everyone who was getting a “Save the date” that they could get reduced-fare tickets by doing X,Y,Z before XYZ date.
In JULY — keeping it quick, simple, concise — I told everyone that the last date for securing the reduced-fare tickets was at the end of August (deadline of 90 days pre-wedding, to get my $2000 deposit back if tickets weren’t all reserved).
In AUGUST, another super-quick, simple reminder that the reduced fare was going fast. Who bought the reduced-fare tickets? Only my mother and two best friends! (I got my deposit back within 24 hours of losing it, because of non-participation. Phew!)
In SEPTEMBER people started bellyaching about the price of tickets — because hello? Yeah, without the reduced-fare rate, they were costing $100 more per person. (That’s why I’d been trying to help everyone since… March. Hello? Earth to family? earth to friends?)
YESTERDAY, another best friend and my cousin phoned to ask: “Oh, and WHERE do we fly to? And what airline? And … what is the wedding date again???” Literally.
By now, each ticket is about $200 more per person.
Hello? Can anyone hear me? LOL.