New Years Eve Wedding in Paris- would you attend?

posted 1 year ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Depends on how much flights cost and how close we are to you. My ex’s brother got married in France and our flights were about a thousand each, if I recall correctly. Unfortunately I don’t have the funds to do a trip like that except for a VERY close friend or immediate family member! Especially when you add on the other usual costs and time of Christmas travel – that makes it exponentially less likely. Sorry :/

But it does sound beautiful and I loooove Paris. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2023

Four tickets to Paris would be a killer so we’d pass and I’d never leave my kids behind. 

Post # 18
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Newbee

beeeyonce144444 :  my fiancé and I went to a wedding in the French Alps in April, all the way from Seattle! We only had six months notice and decided to make a two week trip out of it, so glad we did! There weren’t a lot of people that went though, like literally probably 20 total but it was amazing and the couple was so happy they did it. 

I think NYE in Paris sounds amazing, just be prepared to have a small group as not a lot of people are willing and able to make a trip like that even with a years notice. 

It seems most people are against your idea and wouldn’t travel that far for someone else but we did it and weren’t even that close with the couple (groom is our coworker!). We wanted to be part of their special day and also it gave us the motivation to take an amazing vacation that we probably wouldn’t have planned on our own. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee

In theory I would love to say yes and go (love Paris). The reality of it however would be how close we were, if it was financially prohibitive based on whatever else was going on in my life at the time, or if I already had other extensive vacation plans because I don’t get much vacation time from work, and mine and fiancé’s work are not ones that are closed the week between Xmas and nye as I know so many people have the luxury of. 

Fiancé has a brother who lives in Portugal and when we saw him (here in the US) over the last holiday season he indicated that he may be moving toward marriage with his live-in girlfriend of several years. The wedding would undoubtedly be in Portugal and we would 100% be on board and would go. If, however you were just a work colleague, I am not sure I would put forth the effort. I love to travel, but want to choose my own destinations, time frame, and budget. 

 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would respectfully pass – too expensive for me.

Post # 21
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Worker bee

It does sound amazing but whether I would attend or not would come down to how close we are. Christmas and NYE is already a really expensive time of the year and Paris isn’t the cheapest city either. Also, living in Australia I would need to invest in some heavy duty winter clothes as our winters in comparison are very mild. However in saying that  if you were a family member or really close friend I would make the effort. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

Yes! Great excuse for a holiday. xo

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

 It would be a hell yes for me! How romantic! Plus we get mandatory time off over Xmas and New Years. 

Post # 24
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is the only time of year that we see our family for longer than three days at a time. Throw in the extra cost of traveling around the holidays and we would likely not attend unless we were in the wedding party (vey very close) or siblings.

Post # 25
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Sugar Beekeeper

As I mentioned in your last thread I dislike most destination weddings julies1949 :  summed it up perfectly. 

Do you and your fiancé actually live in Paris? That’s the only way I’d even consider it and then only if I could combine it with a trip I actually wanted to take at a time of year I wanted to go and my spouse was also willing and available. 

Otherwise, unless we were siblings it would be a very hard no. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee

My first thought would be that it sounds amazing! But then reality would set in about money & time off work. If it was an immediate family member or a close friend, I could probably make that sacrifice. Otherwise, I’d decline.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee

Hmmm… Paris is not on my must re-visit list (sorry, didn’t get the fuss) so if the tickets were expensive I wouldn’t unless we were closed. Of I had a good deal on flights and hotel, then for sure. For me it’s a combination of destination and funds.

Post # 28
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Honey bee

If a friend or colleague did?

No.

The odds of attending a destination wedding for a friend or colleague are very slim to start.  When you add in the following factors the chances drop to almost zero:

*travel during one of the busiest and most expensive weeks of the year

*travel to one of the biggest tourist destinations during one of the busiest and most expensive weeks of the year (would everyone be staying overnight in the castle for however long they are there? Because hotels fill up nearly a year in advance for NYE basically everywhere touristy with very inflated prices)

*a wedding smack in the middle of a holiday season where people are already spending a lot of money on their own families and likely booked with holiday events of their own

The odds of me attending anything but a local wedding between Thanksgiving and the week after New Years is tiny.  And truthfully, the odds of even attending a local wedding for anyone but family is slim between Christmas and New Years. I would only travel for my parent or sibling.  For anyone else, my finances are tight during this time and I want to spend the holidays with my loved ones, not aggravating myself in crowded airports.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

beeeyonce144444 :  I wouldn’t go because of time and money, I’m sorry.

The truth is, even if I decide to spend that kind of money and time to go to Paris during that time, I’d want it to be my memory, not the memory of someone’s wedding. But I’m selfish.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

beeeyonce144444 :  I’d definitely be a no for the colleague and probably for the friend as well.  There’s already too many other expenses around that time and then airfare and hotel rates will be jacked up because it’s NYE. 

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