Post # 1
Okay, VENTING TIME!!
My family is not very well off and couldn’t help with much of the wedding. I’m so happy to be getting married that I didn’t expect anything from them, just that they make sure to fly down to Texas to be with me and walk me down the aisle. It is now a month and two days before the wedding and they STILL HAVE NOT BOUGHT TICKETS!! My mom, sister, and brother have been begging my dad to let them buy theirs but my dad insisted they wait “just a while longer” because he thought the price would go down after Labor Day. Well guess what, now it’s after Labor Day and the price has gone up over $100 a person. My brother and sister are both college age and buying their own tickets, and my dad’s procrastination has now cost them very valuable money. So you’d think my dad would cave and learn his lesson and buy the tickets right???
WRONG!! He is STILL waiting to see if the price goes back down!!!!
*rips hair out*
Post # 3
@Equine_Breeder: Yikes. My friend’s husband did this for his daughter’s graduation this spring. He waited and waited because he thought the price would go down. It never did and by the time he decided he should probably order the tickets, the plane filled up and he refused to fly out of any other airport.
Hopefully your dad buys the tickets. it is risky waiting. It is also risky getting to the airport and asking for a ticket then on a wing and a prayer.
Post # 4
Yeah, he said we would just “figure it out” but I can’t see what else he can do other than suck it up and buy them now. I KNEW this would happen, because he’s always looking for a deal. THe worst part is that my brother and sister waited on him and now they’re stuck too. He told me not to tell my mom about it so that we wouldnt “worry her” but I know he just doesn’t want to get yelled at. the question is now, do I tell her? Have my siblings at least buy their tickets? Confront him? Idk….
Post # 5
Oh no! 🙁 I hope your Dad buys the ticket soon!
Post # 6
If your siblings are buying their own tickets, they should just buy their tickets.
I’m confused why your dad thinks waiting is a good idea. I’ve never seen plane tickets go down, only up.
Post # 7
Very tricky situation. On the one hand, getting mixed up in your parents’ business is usually a bad idea. However, this is your wedding, so it becomes your business in this case.
If your financial situation allows, maybe look into buy the tickets for them – even as a “loan” if they might take it better that way.
Otherwise, perhaps consider giving your father a deadline. “Dad, we need this settled. Please buy the tickets by ____ (date), or I’ll have to talk to Mom about it.” I know it sounds like a threat, but really, you should not have to be worrying about this.
As for your siblings, I say give them the heads-up now, in case they can make other arrangements to buy their tickets.
Post # 8
I’m going through a similar situation! Our wedding is nearly a month away and my fiance’s dad still has not purchased his plane tickets to fly out to AZ for our wedding. He doesn’t fly, so he is very clueless how to go about everything. We’ve been on his case so many times, but nothing ever gets settled. There was a $99 sale going on, but he waited and is now looking at over double the price. So frustrating. He also waited to get his tux measurements in til the last minute, so boy oh boy…does that cause stress for the bride and groom or what?? Annoying, huh?
Post # 9
Why doesn’t he buy tickets from Orbitz or a website that will give him money back if the price goes down?
Post # 10
@Equine_Breeder: Oh lord. He really should look up tips for buying plane tickets. 6 weeks ahead, I believe is the general lowest buy time. Also buy on a Tuesday, I believe, that’s when they change prices. I can’t remember exactly because I haven’t bought a plane ticket in a year and a half.
Post # 11
Why don’t your siblings just buy their own??
Post # 12
My mother does this. Last year she was going to buy my plane ticket home and would make me check the prices every day and every day say “we’ll check tomorrow.” She ended up paying about $150 extra for my ticket. ;-
The CEO of my company does this too…so it’s not just parents who do it. o-O And he KNOWS every single year when we need to have tickets bought by and ever single year we play the “wait and see” game.