Post # 1
Hey all, I am struggling right now and could use some advice.
My cousin asked me to be in her wedding, she knows I am not that rich,etc and said that she understands if I want to say no. Thing is, how could I say no when everyone knew she was asking me,etc and she is my cousin and I love her. I said of course. Now, she lives in Boston, and the wedding will be in Virginia Beach this summer. I live in Philly. We got the dresses, they were not expensive. I booked a hotel for the wedding but that was really expensive because its in Virginia Beach during the summer. I got two nights, so we can go to the rehearsal dinner 🙂
My dillema starts now: The bridal shower is Boston, in April. I have been looking up prices for flights and trains, etc becasue the maid of honor sent out the email to start booking on Friday. My cousin asked her to add that she understands if we cant afford it and the most important part is to be at the wedding with her. So the prices are 275 and up. THen they want to go out to a nice dinner after the shower, that night. Honestly I cant afford it unless i but it on credit. Thing is that my brother is coming back from Afghanstan AND having a baby in May. I wanted to visit him before they move again in June. I would rather not go to the bridal shower, I cant afford it.
BUT i feel horrible and cheap, seems as only one other cant go (she has three kid and her hubby just died) Plus it is family so they will probably think its so wrong that I dont go (my aunt, etc) my mom says dont.
I am just torn and stressed out. What would you do??? I just do not want to create any bad blood but the wedding itsself is going to be crazy expensive with hotel and gas to get down there.
Post # 3
@kal78: I’m sure that she will understand. The other family members can stuff it! Don’t go. It will be fine.
Post # 4
- Wedding: Royal Park Hotel
I have a cousin in Philly (I live 500 miles away) that I’m dreading her asking me if I can be her bridesmaid. I’m almost positive she will. I’m going to tell her that I would love to stand at her wedding for her but I can only afford the dress and maybe hair and makeup. I’m going to be upfront with her that I will not be able to fly in for showers or B parties. I’ll only be able to attend the wedding.
Boom – over – done. I think you should do the same.
Post # 5
ok, you are not horrible and cheap. i will say, though, that getting to boston from philly is not THAT expensive. you can take amtrak for $59 each way.
if you can’t make it, you can’t make it. this is life and no one should be able to hold it against you. it’s not down the street, you know?
Post # 6
It seems to me the most logical course of action would be to talk to the bride and explain what’s going on, and why you don’t think you’ll be able to go–regardless of whether she said it’s okay or not, I imagine she’ll be totally okay with it. I understand about the money bit. You’re not being cheap or anything like that, you have to have priorities, and Bro from Afghanistan hits the top of the important meter. ’nuff said.
Post # 7
If you were my cousin, I would want you to be honest with me. If she were close enough to be in my wedding (my cousin is), I would probably really want to find a way to get her to my shower, either by subsidizing her ticket, or helping her deal hunt within her budget. If even that wasn’t doable for her, I would totally understand.
If you want suggestions to cut costs on travel, though, have you considered waiting until the week of, and trying to get a “fire sale” type ticket. A lot of companies offer $99 RT tickets if you purchase the week of. You could also go to the shower, but decline the expensive dinner after. I know that kind of sucks, but it is what it is. (ETA: if you went this route, you’d obviously have to be willing to not go to the shower if tickets aren’t available, and should let your cousin know this)
Post # 8
She knows your situation, she totally understands, no reason to feel guilty. You are doing the best you can and that is all she expects you to do.
PS-if you were my Bridesmaid or Best Man and I found out you put the BS trip on a credit card, I’d be pissed. I’d want you to be there for the wedding and everything else is bonus and not worth putting yourself at financial risk.
Post # 9
@mamadingdong: Agreed. I fly from DC to Boston all the time for like $120 roundtrip, so I’d imagine Philly wouldn’t be that much more. I always find good deals on US Air, and my mom finds great deals on Jetblue to come see me ($39 oneway is her most recent flight).
Honestly, I’m torn about this. I really get why you’d like to skip and the financial cost of things. But on the other hand, you agreed to be a bridesmaid even after she said she understood if you couldn’t afford it. She gave you an out there, and you didn’t take it. Either way, I think you’re either going to resent her for going if you do go, or you’re going to feel uncomfortable/left out if you don’t go.
Like PP said, you need to be honest with her and explain the situation. Maybe she’d offer to cover your trip up there so you can be there.
Post # 10
@kal78: I agree that you can totally find something cheaper from Philly to Boston for cheaper than $275.
I’m looking at what abbie017 said and totally agree with her. You agreed to be a bridesmaid even after she gave you an out if you couldn’t afford it. Now you’re starting to back down on your responsibilities, and that’s not very fair to her.
Post # 11
Have you checked out Megabus? I live in Philly as well, and my fiance and sister have both taken Megabus to Boston- they agreed the ride wasn’t too bad. I just took a look on their website, and you can get a round trip ticket for $15-$20 by purchasing you tickets early. They are not selling May tickets yet, but they should be available soon.
Post # 12
It sounds like the bride would understand if you don’t attend and she seems to be very realistic in her wedding party expectations. You could always send her a bouquet of flowers or some homemade yummy treats for the shower with a card. If I were in your shoes I would probably stay and see my brother, especially if he’s based far away or facing another deployment in the near future.
If you do decide to attend, maybe train or bus tickets would be more economical? Or maybe just make the drive and stay at a relative’s place?