(Closed) Helper spent $14 on wedding present after I bought her $60 for helping…

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: Who gets gifts and who gets to go to rehearsal?
    Both go to rehearsal, everyone gets a gift : (40 votes)
    53 %
    Both go to rehearsal, only girl #2 gets a gift : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Only Girl #2 goes to rehearsal, gets a gift : (17 votes)
    23 %
    Only girl #2 goes to rehearsal, no one gets a gift : (2 votes)
    3 %
    No one goes to rehearsal, no one gets a gift : (9 votes)
    12 %
    No one goes to rehearsal, both get a gift : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    11270 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    that’s a very generous gift for someone who has done nothing.  can you wait until after the wedding to see if she deserves the gift? 

    as for her $15 gift, maybe she has gone off of registry and bought you something else?  or perhaps she is making you something?  you never know until you open it.

    Post # 4
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t know. I personally don’t base my gifts based on how much I recieved back. If you going to be upset/bitter/frustrated by her gift then just save yourself the headache/bad feelings and don’t give her the gift.

    Post # 5
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I just bought a gift off a registry for $100 I paid $30. Am I cheap? Maybe- does it matter WHAT I PAY? No I happen to have a discount and a coupon.

    Post # 6
    275 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m a confussed. How do you know what she bought you already? Maybe she purchased something else as well?

    Post # 7
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If you’ve not given her the earrings yet, maybe she thinks she’s done enough and that you’re not planning on thanking her for her previous help? And I’m not sure if she’s familiar with the costs of weddings, but I certainly wasn’t aware of/didn’t fully appreciate the costs behind feeding me as a guest until I started planning my own wedding. Maybe she doesn’t fully appreciate the financial aspect.

    As for the other girl who helped, maybe return the earrings and get two smaller gifts to give to each of them?

    Post # 8
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I agree with others who say see how you feel after the wedding—if she deserves the gift, give it to her. if not, don’t

    Post # 9
    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    You said your gift to her was “for her troubles” but it doesn’t sound like she went through much. I think this shouldn’t be about what she bought off your registry, but rather, that she didn’t actually help and flaked on your shower. It seems she doesn’t deserve your generous gift but perhaps a card instead so your sentiment of gratitude for what little she did do is still there. Save the gift for someone who really went through troubles to help you out. Regarding the other girl who helped, give her gift to her separately and privately.


    Post # 10
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012



    something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.

    the act of giving.

    something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without its being earned: Those extra points he got in the game were a total gift.
    Don’t be so petty.  Are you happy you’re getting married?  Act like it.  Give her the gift you got for her, and if there is someone else you want to get a gift for, do that.  It does not matter what she got you (that apparently you haven’t even received yet – maybe she bought it just to put a giant check or wad of cash in!). 
    My reception cost about $90/person just for food and drinks.  We received several gifts of $20 or $50 from couples.  A wedding is not a money-making proposition.  I’d have eloped, purchased everything on my registry, and gifted myself a couple $1,000 for the same $$ if that’s what I was in it for. 

    Post # 11
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m confused too … she got you lingerie and got a gift off your registry even though you didn’t want a gift … but now you’re upset that she didn’t spend or do enough to merit a gift you’re thinking of giving her?

    A gift should be something that you’re happy to give someone, not a transaction. If you don’t feel like giving her the earrings, fine, but the calculus behind this whole thing makes me uncomfortable.

    Post # 12
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @almostmrsj:  +1

    @floufy Truthfully, unless she’s a hired, paid planner, you have no right to ask her to plan events for you. Complaining about what she spent on your gift sounds petty.

    And this: I don’t know if I shoudl withhold the gift because she doesn’t deserve it or to give it to her to make her feel badly. May be one of the pettiest things I’ve ever heard.I realize that you’re just venting and that isn’t your intent, but I’d suggest you step back and look at how this post makes you sound.

    Post # 13
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Do yourself a BIG favour…


    This is not a competition… this is your life.

    YOUR Wedding is a small part of that life… and definitely more important to you than it will ever be to anyone else (except for your Hubby-2-B)

    It doesn’t matter what anyone spends on you… you don’t owe them anything, they don’t owe you anything.  You invite folks to your Wedding because you want them to share in your happiness… bringing a gift is not expected, and it sure has heck shouldn’t be compared against what you paid out for them to come… or even a measurement of how much you all like each other.

    Everyone’s lot in life is different, everyone’s financial situation different (what does it matter if her Parents sell real estate… you have no idea if they pay her to help out in the family business or not… in some families such things are “expected”)

    Honestly, if you continue to go thru life like this, and be so judgemental of others you will find that life is a HUGE disappointment because not a lot of folks are going to live up to YOUR expectations of them (also will cause you to have way more stress, confrontations and loss of friends / thereby enjoyment of life)

    Live and let live.

    Try to focus on what makes getting married to your Honey important… it really isn’t the rehearsal dinner (and who is there) or what you got as a gift, or if you give her something or not (although I thought that was a very kind gesture on your part because you did say that she was awesome planning an event for you… that takes a lot of work, and she was pulling for you)…

    And well quite frankly, NO ONE has to do anything for YOUR Wedding except for you… as to why she didn’t do more for the Shower is anyone’s guess.  Maybe she didn’t feel up to it, or the vibe between the two ladies wasn’t working, or she honestly had a vacation on her calendar… I mean gee whiz you don’t get to decide for her… making such demands and you are going a bit Bridezilla here

    Take a deep breath… relax.  Focus on something else than this poor girl, and what really is a non-crisis.


    Post # 14
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I don’t know if there’s something else you’re not telling us about this girl, but it sounds a little gift grabby.

    She didn’t help at the shower at all, or attend which hurts considering she didn’t communicate that she wasn’t going.

    Considering what she has done, I wouldn’t give her a gift. A thank you card or small token gift for the first event would be appropriate, don’t do anything extravagant.

    The thing that confuses me is that you are judging what you should give her based on what you think she is gifting you for your wedding. Give in accordance to the assistance she has given, not what you THINK she is giving you.

    Post # 15
    2715 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t get it either.  Are you complaining that she didn’t get you a nice enough shower gift?  Or wedding gift?  Even after planning another wedding event and getting you a gift for that?  How do you know what she got you based on the registry?  And so what if she got a discount?  People do that ALL THE TIME. 

    Regardless of all of this, your gift to her is a thank you for all of her help and should not be based what so ever on what she got you and how much money she spent on you.  It would be very shallow to do so.  She did help plan a wedding event right?  So you really should get her something.  Gifts are not tit for tat!!!!

    As far as the bridal shower goes, did she offer to help or did you just volunteer her?  She isn’t required to help or attend your bridal shower and I think being on vacation is an acceptable reason to miss it. Also, what on earth does guests having to pay $10-$12 to attend the bridal shower and her parents’ occupations have to do with anything?

    Don’t be so petty.  Invite her to the rehearsal and give her a thank you gift.



    Post # 16
    2031 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m confused, what is a ‘helper’?  Isn’t that what your bridal party is for?  

    It seems to me like this girl wasn’t asked to be in the wedding, but was asked to do some legwork, helped plan an ‘event’ (I don’t know what that means) and chipped in on a gift for said event even though you didn’t ask for one.  Am I missing something?  Sounds like she has done MORE than her share, she’s not obligated to do a thing for your shower so you cannot get upset about that.  If she’s away on vacation and can’t come to the shower, you also can’t get upset about that…her life and vacation is going to come before yours, I’m sorry but it’s true.  Especially since she isn’t even in your bridal party.  And as for the steak dinner you spent $150 on, it was YOUR wedding…you chose to spend that much per person, not this girl or any of your other guests.  You can’t judge a GIFT that someone gives to you based on what you decided to pay for your wedding.  

    I guess I’m just confused by this whole post? 

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