- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I need opinions on something that happened to my husband and I over the weekend.
We were both in a wedding for a couple we are very good friends with.
The couple decided that they were NOT getting a limo (or any kind of “group” transportation) because they ran out of funds and time.
Instead, 2 groomsmen and a Bridesmaid or Best Man were going to drive the bridal party to the reception hall after the ceremony at the church. The groom’s uncle was lending him his Cadillac for after the reception for him and the bride.
Well, on Saturday, the bride & BMs were at the church getting ready and the groomsmen were at the groom’s house getting ready. About half an hour before they were going to leave for the church, a limo/party bus showed up at the house.
The groom assumed it was a gift from his groomsmen or a relative, but (unbeknownst to the groom), the Groomsmen soon found out from the driver that the limo was not paid for and none of them had any idea who sent it.
So to avoid disappointing the groom (and eventually bride), the GMs all went to the nearest ATM and forked over $150 a piece for this party bus.
Of course, after the ceremony, the girls (especially the bride) were all really surprised and happy. And it was nice to have a limo where all of us could be together.
But when my husband told me that no one had any clue who sent the thing and that all of the GMs had to pay that much for it, I got really upset. He and I are short on money to begin with, and that $150 was our grocery money for the week.
Today, the Maid/Matron of Honor and the Best Man did some digging and found out that a contractor who the groom works with was responsible for this mess.
Apparently, the groom and the contractor were chit chatting a few weeks ago about the wedding in general, and the groom said that they were not having a limo. The contractor said that he was “a friend of a friend” (or something like that) to someone who worked for a limo company and he said he’d see if he could get the groom a deal. The groom said sure, get a price.
So the contractor came back with a price, but the groom said it was still too much and told him to NOT get the limo.
Well apparently the contractor booked the limo anyway and that’s why it showed up on Saturday and the GMs ended up having to pay for it.
I know it’s over and done with, but am I wrong for being mad? Am I wrong to expect my husband (and the other GMs) to be reimbursed (whether it’s by the contractor or the limo company)?
Note: If we had been given some warning about this arrangement, my husband and I probably would not have had a problem pitching in for a limo. But without notice and no time to plan for extra money in our budget, it was a rough hit.