(Closed) Cheap relatives …please don’t judge! Hear me out

posted 8 years ago in Reception
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  • Post # 3
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would just pay and then if they do give you cash, use it for something fun!

    Post # 4
    1980 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’m not married, so I can’t speak to your question about generosity. I mean, I’m sure there is a possibility that some guest will come out of nowhere with a huge cash gift.

    I’d just like to add that I think it is dangerous thinking to depend on guest gifts to cover your reception costs.

    Post # 5
    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Granted, I don’t come from this sort of upbringing, so this seems really no-brainer to me: you pay for the wedding.  Lots of couples put up thousands of dollars for their wedding reception.  Maybe just me, but I think you should plan the wedding you can afford whether or not you get money from your guests.

    Post # 6
    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I agree with texaslawgirl – It’s dangerous to bank on people covering the cost of your reception! I would just go with the idea that you’ll probably end up paying for it.

    Post # 7
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    If people at our wedding had to cover a meal, approximately the cost of $100-$130, only about 10 of our guests probably fit that bill. Most were definitely under $100. Not a big deal, but really, most of our gifts averaged $50.

    Post # 8
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Like ejs, our average was probably between $50 and $100. I definitely wouldn’t expect your guests to be able to cover the cost of your wedding, especially in this economy. I think people are being more frugal now and are giving what they can.

    Post # 9
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m with @ejs.. very few of our guests gave an amount that would actually cover their meal.  Some couples didn’t even give us enough cash to cover one plate never mind two.  A few of my parents friends went above and beyond and gave quite large cash gifts but that’s about it.  I personally try to follow the “cover your plate rule” but I don’t expect others to.  My guests shouldn’t feel they have to give more than they are comfortable with or able to give just because we chose to have an expensive wedding.

    Post # 10
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    You are going in with dangerous and unrealistic expectations and will end up very disappointed. Your logic covers all the wrong reasons why to do any of this. A gift is never required and no one should be made to feel guilty because they were not able to (or chose not to), nor should you or anyone else talk badly behind their backs to anyone. Everyone else in the world getting married has to pay for their own wedding and they don’t mind it, and you should be no different. A wedding is not a requirement by any means so don’t treat it like one. If you can’t afford something without going into debt, *scale back*to what you can afford and are willing to part with. A wedding is also not a fundraiser of any kind. It is completely rude and out of line to call anyone cheap because they aren’t willing or able to pay what you think they should.

    For what it is worth, most people do not follow the “cover your plate” mentality. One of the main reasons is that there is no way whatsoever unless the guests have been given the bill and are planning the affair themselves that they would have even the slightest clue as to what anything costs. Nor are they expected or obligated under any circumstances at all to finance any part of it because the couple chooses to be greedy or cheap, etc. In addition, most people do not give cash gifts so you should never rely on the idea of receiving only those rather than tangible gifts.

    Post # 11
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Personally, I think it’s rude to call people cheap because they won’t cover the cost of the plate you chose to have be $100/person. People give what they can afford, and you invited them to share your special day with them, not for cash gifts.

    The “cover your plate” mentality also seems to be very regional. You should plan what you can afford. I’m going into my wedding expecting no gifts.

    Post # 12
    624 posts
    Busy bee

    You shouldn’t rely on your guests to fund your wedding.

    You don’t have a wedding for the gifts, do you? 

    If you can only afford so much, then scale back. 

    Post # 13
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I don’t think it is right to say that someone is cheap because they didn’t cover their plate.  Think about it this way- say a couple was going to be guests at a wedding.  Based on how close they were with the bride and groom and what they could afford at the moment, they decide to give a gift of $100.  Now, if this couple attended my wedding, they would more than cover their plate, as our meals plus bar will be about $40 a person.  However, if this couple attended your wedding, by your definition they would be cheap.  How can the same gift, chosen for the same reasons be cheap in one instance and generous in the other? 

    The guests have no say in how much the bride and groom spend on each meal, and unless the bride and groom are being rather indiscreet by going around and telling everyone how much their reception costs, the guests really have no way of knowing. Therefore it is not logical to judge a guest’s action based on the standard of something they cannot control and likely have no knowledge of.

    From the way you described it, it sounds like your extended family is used to more modest weddings.  I can understand that.  I can honestly say I have never been to a wedding where the meal cost more than $50 a person, much less $100-$130.  So your assumption that this is a commonly known cost is probably inaccurate.  I really don’t think you can judge your relatives so harshly when they are simply operating of of the assumptions they have.  I can’t speak to whether or not they will have an attitude at your wedding because I don’t know them.  However if they have sensed that you look down on them for more modest weddings or that you consider them to be cheap, I can see why they would feel self conscious and out of place at a more extravagant affair.  So their gossip, while rude, may be their way of coping with that discomfort.

    You are perfectly welcome to have any type of wedding you want and to spend as much as you want.  I’m not judging you for that- I hope you have a beautiful day.  However you can’t reasonably expect that everyone else you know will be accustomed to that type of wedding, and it isn’t right for you to judge them because they are used to something different.

    Post # 14
    1001 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We got some really meager gifts ($20) but then we got some outrageously generous ones, too.  The cash and checks we received did end up covering nearly the entire wedding.

    I was only annoyed by the uninvited crasher that showed up giftless, and the huge family who wrote in an additional guest, making their headcount 8, who only gave $100. 

    Post # 15
    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that your guests will surprise you on both ends of the spectrum. Some guests will give very generously, but that will be a very, very small number. And then, some of your guests will give a very modest gift, or none at all.

    Thats what happened to us, and our generous gifts couldn’t make up for the smaller gifts. Not even close. I think you need to err on the side of caution and scale back your budget so that you are more comfortable in case you do pay for most of your wedding. If it makes you and your Fiance depressed at the thought of actually paying for it all, then that should be a red flag telling you that you guys are spending more then you are comfortable with.

    Post # 16
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    $100 a meal!!?? That is just for the food? Wow. I wouldn’t shell that out if I was having to count on the guests to pay me back for it…

    I think I am from a much different background, but we are paying maybe $50 per meal. Not including favors and stuff…but this is my gift to my family to say thank you for bringing us up to be lovely people who want to spend our lives loving eachother.

    I don’t expect my gifts to come close to paying for the wedding.

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