Post # 1
I am sooooo sad and I think I had my first wedding planning breakdown.
We decided in November 2011 to have our wedding in our new home state of New Mexico. We just moved down here less then a year ago about 2000 plus miles away from our family and friends. So we meet with a travel agent last year and he said our guest can do a payment plan stating in March. It would be like $150 down and the guest has like 7 months to pay off the flight and rent a car package. We thought this was great news because I know its hard out here for a lot of people so I was happy we can find a way to help our family and friends make it to our big day.
Needless to say, I just got off the phone with our travel agent today. He just inform me that it looks like ALL airlines are no longer doing group rate payment plans as of 2012. This means our OOT guest (which is about 85% of our guest) will no longer have the ability to do a payment plan for our wedding. Now, I know this changes a lot for our OOT guest and I am so hurt right now. My MOH is telling to not stress it and the people who can make it will still come but its so hard emotional to know our already small wedding may get cut in half because of this.
Post # 3
@actime: That sucks! I’m in a similar situation. My FI’s family and friends are unable to come (some of them can, but the majority can’t…including his grandmother). I felt terrible about it, but we came up with the solution to hire a videographer and to hold a big party back in his home town for everyone who couldn’t come and if they wanted to we would show the video on a projector screen for everyone. Also, to help with costs we are turning the party into a pitch and and we’re just going to buy a sheet cake and in a sense, have a second reception. Everyone is excited about it because they still want to celebrate the marriage with us, even if they cant be there on our wedding day.
Post # 4
They can do their own payment plan- saving a certain amount each month to put towards the trip, or put it on their credit card then pay it off like most people do.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t be able to come.
Post # 5
I was going to say exactly what @julies1949 did. They can simply save on their own. There’s no need to coordinate with a third party for it. Just remind them about deals they can get utilizing the travel agent, or even share with them any great airfares you see come up as the date gets closer.
Post # 6
Your close family and friends have known about your wedding a long time, and hopefully they have been saving if necessary. They don’t need a third party to help them.
Post # 7
I TOTALLY agree with everyone but we all know how people can be with savings. But in the end, that is out of my control so I am over it. I had a moment and I feel better now. My FI told me it is what it is and he and you guys are right. Everyone have 6 months to plan and save for the wedding. If they still can’t make it then we did all we can do on our end. My FI even made a joke and said we will save so much more money in the end if less people come and he is right 🙂