(Closed) Not really in my budget?? Help!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Talk to her. Tell her that you’ve already planned a vacation and that attending her destination wedding is not in your budget.

Post # 4
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Bwed2012:  …I sincerely wish the Destination Wedding trend would die a slow and horrible death, because what is really feels like, is Vacation Hijacking….I understand that for a lot of brides, it’s their dream to be spirited away and married in some exotic locale…but for people with limited funds and time off…the prospect of even trying to make it work is like letting your best friend dictate your trip for you….

When a bride plans a Destination Wedding, she accepts all the snares and foils therein, which means a lot of her guests will not attend, a lot of her family won’t be able to either and she’s going to get flack about not holding her event closer to home…..

I get that she was in your wedding, but you didn’t usurp her vacation and upwards of $3,000 to do that, did you?

Don’t worry about it, let her know you tried to make it work, it won’t and ask her what kind of gift she wants from the Continent

Post # 5
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would explain the situation to her. I think anyone with half a brain will realize that a destination wedding isn’t for everyone. You have every right to decline the invitation… even if she stood up in your wedding. Did she travel to your wedding? If she did then I’d say it makes the situation even more awkward, but even so… it’s your money and you should choose to spend it how you see fit.

I would decline pretty much any destination wedding (unless it was my sister or best friend). We plan our trips like a year in advance and budget accordingly. There is no way in hell I would let someone’s wedding dictate my life plans in such a large way.

Get her a nice gift, offer to help with wedding planning in any way you can. It’s ok if she’s a little miffed, but if you lose the friendship over this then trust me… she is not a friend worth keeping.

Post # 6
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Bwed2012:  Where is she planning to get married??

Post # 7
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Bwed2012: One of my closest friends lives in Vancouver, and promised me up and down she would be at my wedding in Toronto. Fast forward to a couple months before the wedding, and she told me that she couldn’t afford it, but posted on Facebook that she was planning on going to Montreal the weekend after my wedding instead. 

My feelings were really hurt, and I posted about it on the Bee. Almost everyone told me that it’s her money, and unless I wanted to pay her way, I should get over it (I did). I think that applies here, as well – it’s your money, and your decision.

Destination weddings are tricky because a lot of times, brides and grooms plan them in places where people otherwise wouldn’t really want to travel. I think you need to be perfectly honest with her. If she’s going to hold a grudge against you over your decision, that’s on her, not you.

Post # 8
2958 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Your reasons sound more than reasonable as to why you won’t be able to attend. Make sure you make it clear that you had already started to plan your European vacation when you talk to her. If she is a friend, she will be understanding. People expect “no”s when planning a destination wedding.

Post # 10
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Bwed2012:  You need to be upfront and honest with her. I love the idea of destination weddings, but with the economy where it’s at most people just can’t afford to attend them. I know if someone invited Darling Husband and I to one, there’s no way in heck we would be able to go! And it winds up in a scenario like what you are in. It’s not fair to anyone, but the best thing to do is tell your friend you just can’t afford it because you already have another vacation planned for later that you need to save for. 

If she’s really your friend, she’ll understand. 


Post # 12
48 posts
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree that it’s your money and you should be able to spend it the way you want to. I also think that because she’s having a Destination Wedding, she should understand that not everyone will be able to come. 

On the other hand, if she is one of your best friends, you might regret not going.  And maybe I am the only one who feels this way, but I would rather spend my money attending a good friend’s wedding than going on a vacation with my Fiance. And I would never have a Destination Wedding, but I could understand why she might be hurt if you don’t come. 

Post # 13
526 posts
Busy bee

maybe look at staying off the resort? that could cut the cost by a ton if its an all inclusive. if that doesn’t work, i agree with PP to talk to her about it.  also, you don’t have to tell her about a trip you are planning way in advance, just that its not in the budget.

Darling Husband and I are looking at a 2wk/3wk Europe trip in 2014 as well, the costs just keep adding up! I am hoping none of our friends decide on a Destination Wedding, because we will be in the same boat!

(P.S. I’d love to hear about the trip you’re planning, swap ideas or itineraries some time!)

Post # 15
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d just tell her you’re so sorry but you’ve already had a vacation planned and you can’t make it work.  That’s kind of the risk you run with having a Destination Wedding.

The only alternative I see would be to go alone for a short trip to cut costs.

Post # 16
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Bwed2012:  I went through this (as the bride) on a smaller scale. I had family that lived about 4 hours away and even though other parts of the family had offered to help them out (making sure they had a place to sleep at my mother’s house so they wouldn’t have to get a hotel) they still declined to come to the wedding because of finances.

The next weekend they are posting on facebook about their awesome trip to somewhere a few states away from where they live. The trip was for their 2nd son’s 10th birthday.

At first I was a little miffed that they didn’t tell anyone that they were turning down the wedding to go on the trip for their son. But that was the only reason I was miffed.

TLDR: Personal plans and vacations take priority in this situation. Just tell her why you’re not coming instead of leaving it at “We don’t have the money right now.”

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