(Closed) Destination Wedding (but actually live there) – Family issues…

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2231 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think you need to accommodate them. Have the wedding that you and your Fiance want to have. Those who want to come will come and let the rest complain. Don’t let them push you around and try to make decisions for you.

You just need to decide if you’re ok with not having certain people with you at your wedding.

Post # 4
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We live in and are having our wedding in Hawaii also. We are running into the problem of a lot people not being able to make the trip due to the high cost. It is disapointing to not have your family at such an important event. But at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you should do what you and your fiance want to do. To compromise, we went to my home town to have a wedding shower so we could spend time with some guests that would not be able to make it to the wedding. There’s always some options that you can consider without deviating too much from how you want your wedding to be.

Post # 5
2597 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What you’re doing is completely and shockingly normal: you are getting married in the state that you live in. Wowza! That’s not really a destination wedding, even if you are traveling inter-islands. Your relatives have no right to complain and certainly no right to demand that you switch the location. They do, unfortuantely have the right to decline and that’s the reality that you face (although if they’re going to behave like that, do you really want them there anyway?). So if you are okay with that, then have your wedding where you are and screw ’em. Don’t let them bully you into doing something for THEIR convenience!

But just to let you know, I think that this is what’s going on: You do live in Hawaii. And I dunno if this is just my personal experience (my mother is from Hawaii and all my relatives live there so it’s kind of a second home to me), but I did find that East Coasters think of Hawaii in a different way that I felt SoCalifornians did, which is to say HI is pretty exotic to them. Like, I sometimes wonder if they’re aware Hawaii is a state and not a separate country!  To give them some credit, though, it IS like, an 11-hour flight. That might why you’re getting this kind of attitude from the NJerseyites as opposed to those from Utah. I also got the sense, living in NY, that E. Coasters weren’t really “aware” that Honoulu is a city and people live and work there like anywhere else–I mean, they got that intellectually, but their image was Hawaii that was full of people surfing and eating shave ice (excuse me, shaved ice, to mainlanders!) and sunbathing, so in some sense, because you’re doing this at a resort, they conflate that and think of it as like, a big Destination Wedding, if you KWIM. 

Post # 6
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Wow that seems a little selfish and rude on your family’s part. I don’t think your are being a brat in the slightest bit to have your wedding where you want it…not to mention where you live! I would think that if it was really that important to them, as long as they were financially able to support it, that they would find a way to be there for your day.

Post # 7
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It is your wedding. Ultimately you do what makes you happy.  You are not gonna please everyone, so instead of stressing and bending over backwards to try and do so why not just make sure you please you and your Fiance in regards to the wedding.  I am jealous that yall are lucky to live in such a beautiful state and if I was your family or friends I would just consider your wedding the perfect excuse to visit Hawaii again. 

You live in paradise, seems like the most rational thing that you would want to get married there as well as opposed to New Jersey.

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