Family friend's reception is one week before our wedding. What would you do?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you attend your family friend's long-distance reception that is one week before your wedding?
    Yes, it's no big deal and won't interfere with your wedding planning. : (79 votes)
    72 %
    No, you'll have too much to do and spending the whole weekend away is not smart. : (31 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 46
    2616 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t think I’d go, especially if you’re going on a honeymoon after the wedding – that’s just a lot of travel and I like having downtime. While perhaps driving a 6 hour roundtrip in one day isn’t any less crazy than spending $650 on a hotel for one night, it’s definitely not my idea of a good time and would really put a damper on my enjoyment of the trip. I just don’t think it’s worth it honestly, especially given your fi doesn’t want to go. 

    Post # 47
    7633 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

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    Post # 48
    1069 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    browneyedgirl24 :  This exactly.  I can’t believe all the other bees telling op to just make a day of it and have a great time.  Like, how much fun will it possibly be? Chances are OP will be exhausted after driving 3+ hours to get there. (Because let’s face it.  The drive won’t be exactly 3 hours each way.  There will be traffic,  especially if there’s other events going on in/around town.) OP won’t really be able to unwind and have a few drinks at the reception, knowing she’ll then have to drive 3+ hours to get back home. Chances are she’ll be driving later at night, since this is probably an evening reception.  It just doesn’t sound like a lot of fun and I wouldn’t be going out of my way to attend.  

    Post # 49
    472 posts
    Helper bee

    Depends on how many pre-wedding activities you’re planning. Do you have a lot of out of town guests coming in? Rehearsal dinner? Bach Party? Shower? If your week is pretty full, then don’t go. If it’s empty, then you could swing it :).

    keep in mind that last minute things with the venue and catering manager or day-of-coordinator (if you have one) absolutely do come up though. 

    Post # 51
    113 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    This will really depend on how much you have left to do. I would have regretted making plans that took up the whole weekend before my wedding but I have to admit I wasn’t as organized as I could have been. I have friends who would’ve had no problem getting away the weekend before. 

    Post # 52
    2233 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Just drive the 3 hours there and back. We often do that sort of trip in a day. 

    Post # 53
    1741 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I would go. People get married once (hopefully).  I wouldn’t want to miss it. If you’re on track for wedding related stuff, go have fun and relax. 

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