- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
I can’t take it anymore, really.
Number one wedding regret so far: we picked a SMALL town to marry in, in a totally different state, and in an area of the state we know NOTHING about.
Travel arrangements thus far have been a freaking nightmare and it seems to never end.
We are marrying in a town with no rental car options. The nearest airport that offers affordable flights is 2.5 hours away. There is another one closer that is way more expensive so no one is choosing that option, of course. To save further, WE (Me, FI, and 3 kids) chose the Amtrak option which includes a 5 hour drive after we arrive, to get to where we’re actually staying / getting married.
Then we’ve got to figure out how to transport everyone else to and from and with people coming on different days, some staying for entire week and some just coming the day before. And everyone is flying into Minneapolis (2.5 hours away) but leaving from chicago, for the $$ savings on airfare, but of course we have to get them all to chicago and there are already 5 of us in our rental car so we are renting TWO cars and my SIL will drive the airport people while FI and I and the kids go to the train station.
Oh and since Chicago is so far from Iowa we are leaving Iowa on Sunday, getting a hotel for the night, to catch planes/trains on Monday, and I still haven’t booked THAT.
We are taking the train from San Antonio, TX, to Chicago, IL, and then driving 5 hours (give or take) from Chicago to Iowa. Well, we need to get a rental car and I figured we’d get it at the Chicago (Midway) airport which is 10 miles from the train station. I live in a pretty big city but apparently it’s totally podunk because I have been researching options to get from the train station to the airport and OMG. Expensive as all hell!
Thankfully I think I might have found car rental companies closer to the train station but UGH.
Now, my mom, who has not made ANY plans at all with regard to travel, and has been trying to figure out what to do with my 93 year old grandmother while she is at the wedding (my a-hole uncle won’t stay with her)… NOW she is wanting to know what flights and when and how much and all that and wants to stay for the entire week too. UGH! No! I know that sounds horrible but you don’t know my mom. LOL. And then she’s talking about maybe bringing my grandma after all (she has Alzheimer’s) and if so it messes up all my careful planning about car rentals for the number of people we need to transport. And I know she is frustrated because she doesn’t have the help she needs from her brother and it’s been very hard for her to plan but CRAP!
We are renting 2 cars for the week as it is. There is room for her, in one of those 2 cars, but if she brings my grandmother it makes it necessary for us to rent a big SUV or minivan which pushes everything up a few hundred $$.
I guess I just needed to vent in general, this is insane, you would think, from the trouble I’ve had, that we were marrying in some freaky remote country or unheard of island or something. I think my mom had an easier time with transportation when she took her trip to Belize (and from her stories it was very very complicated and long and drawn out!).