Post # 1
We have a groomsman in the wedding that lives in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He’s a great friend of my Fiance, but today he emailed us and said that he couldn’t come.
Apparently he has a family situation come up, so he won’t have the funds to fly to Los Angeles for the wedding.
While he is desperately sorry and it breaks his heart, we’re not taking no for an answer. My Fiance and I talked about it and we decided that we want to try to fundraise in order try to get him here. (I think it’ll cost about $800).
My question to everyone is, does anyone have any ideas on how to come up with this? I can get kinda crafty and sell some stuff. I thought about holding an old fashioned car wash.
Any other ideas? Thanks!
Post # 3
I would ask family and friends to donate items for a garage sale
Post # 4
Bake sale? Everybody loves food. But, do you really have time to do all that?
Is there anywhere in your budget you can personally trim some fat and help him out? I think that might be a better way to go. It’ll take a loooong time to raise $800.
Post # 5
Our budget is getting squeezed from a lot of angles, I think we’re going to maybe put that up as a possible registry item on our honeymoon fund.
Three months isn’t a lot of time, but we’d at least like to try to make an effort to put a dent in the expenses for him.
Post # 6
I was just going to write about a yard/garage sale and you can do a bake sale as well. People LOVE yard/garage sales!
Post # 7
There are a lot of options.. say garage/yard sale plus bake sale. I’m wondering how a carwash would work (a lot of people may not things its like a legit charity) but with all the pollen in the East Bay area… definitely could get something.
What will happen if you aren’t able to raise enough $$? Where will the raised money go? Is he able to contribute anything, say $100, so that brings your goal price down a little?
Post # 8
The money would go to him and we’d somehow find a way to try to cough up as much as we could. But we’re going to try to ask him to contribute some.
Post # 9
It is really lovely that you want to help defray your friends’ costs. It is entirely possible that your he would love to attend your wedding and simply can’t afford to do so. But it is also possible that his family situation might make it difficult for him to fly all the way from Brazil to CA for your wedding even if the plane tickets and hotel were free. I just wanted you to consider that before starting on your fundraising project since there is some possibility that it might be hard for him to go even if you are able to raise the money (I have no idea if this is the case, but I just wanted you to consider this possibility).
Post # 10
That’s a good point form professorbee. I’m not sure if you’re trying to surprise him with the money. But practically speaking, you might want to discuss it with him, first.
Also, maybe you could combine some ideas. Try having a bake sale and garage sale. But whatever isn’t raised, you can cover. Or perhaps you can borrow money form your parents, and pay them back with your gift money.
Post # 11
i had the same car wash idea for a different wedding reason and it was pointed out that that kinda thing for a wedding just doesn’t work.
a yardsale/bake sale is a definite good idea. that’s actually what were going to do
Post # 12
yah I’m trying to sell my worldly goods on craigslist