Post # 1
Just had our very successful and fun wedding!!! Could not be more grateful who made it to the wedding. In the back of my mind I still feel disappointment in one of my friend not making to the wedding (or lack of trying). Known each other since high school (14 years) in the same close circle of girls. Currently do not live in the same city. 4 years ago when she got married I had just moved away for my job, since she was first of our circle to get married I really wanted to show support. I made great effort flying back to home city after just moved away and settled down for one week in the new city. Hung out during getting ready time, helped with hairstyling b/c she didn’t have any plans for it. Bride insisted on a very private courthouse ceremony, family and Maid/Matron of Honor only even when multiple out of town guests expressed strong interest in attending. Slightly disappointed but fine, focused on reception time and gave a decent gift. 4 years goes by similar amount of communication as before, attended few more of friends’ wedding all destination weddings. Now it’s my turn, invited our usual circle 4 months in advance, she had just given birth but I was thinking maybe few more months till the wedding she might be able to travel. Pretty much immediately after getting our invite she declined, simple sorry I don’t think we will be able to make it, see you when you move back into town. Stinged some, bothered, mostly disapponted. Kinda felt like I had been valuing our friendship/time while she doesn’t care at all. Really felt silly spending time, effort and money flying back for hers when she probably didn’t really care if I made it or not.
Now, I don’t have any kids, I may just be being a brat for feeling like this, if I am, set me straight, then I can forgive and forget. If I have been barking up the wrong friendship tree, then I plan to no longer try to keep in touch or care about what’s going on with her life.
Help shine some light onto this so I can move on.
Post # 2
You’re reading way too much into things. Ending a friendship over this seems silly, especially when the friendship sounds otherwise lovely. Get over your resentment and forgive and forget. You’ll be happier for it. Major life events are not tit-for-tat and you shouldn’t keep score of who went where for what. Life happens. And sometimes it gets in the way.
Post # 3
The idea of traveling with a very young baby (it sounds like the baby is a couple of months old) was likely difficult at best. It sounds like she would’ve had to fly to your wedding, which, with a newborn, would be torture for mom, baby, and likely everyone on the plane. Driving would probably not have been much better, with stops to feed baby every few hours.
Additionally, if she’s breastfeeding and babe doesn’t yet take a bottle, coming by herself without the little one wouldn’t have been an option. Or perhaps her husband’s work schedule didn’t allow for him to watch the baby for her to be gone those days and she isn’t comfortable leaving the baby for a long period of time. Or maybe she has post-partum depression and is having a hard time getting dressed every day because she feels so poorly.
I’m sure that by now, you see that there are so many “it’s possible thats” that it’s hard to say for sure what’s happened. I don’t think that she was apathetic about you attending her wedding; this is unfortunately where she is in her life right now.
Post # 4
I had 2 C-sections and I wouldn’t have traveled far 4 months after major surgery. And going out dancing and celebrating anything, not even the most important day in my friend’s life, wouldn’t have been on my radar.
Post # 5
It’s normal to feel sad when a close guest can’t make it. I think if she was a true friend she would give you more of an explanation, but since the weddings are 4 years apart I don’t think you can do the “I went to yours so you have to come to mine” thing. Maybe her kid is driving her crazy right now and she can’t travel with them, or maybe her husband and her are having a really hard time financially. It could be ANYTHING.
Post # 6
Don’t assume that she didn’t come because she doesn’t care. There are so many reasons why she might not have come that have nothing to do with how she feels for you. Maybe she was feeling overwhelmed with the baby and couldn’t face travelling, maybe she couldn’t afford it. Maybe there were problems with getting time off work for her or her husband. I think you need to let it go and start focusing on what was good about your wedding day rather than letting this spoil it for you.
Post # 7
I don’t think you are being a brat in feeling disappointed. I would feel disappointed too if someone i cared about were missing my wedding.
First of all, I think weddings have a way of overdramatzing relationships, which isn’t helpful. Case in point: do you REALLY think it’s true, in the grand scheme of your friendship, that your friend values you less than you do her or that she doesn’t care? If so, then I think that sucks, but I would implore you to let the friendship go, quietly, and spend more time with others. But if you think that it’s the wedding that’s magnifying things, then be careful. You don’t want something silly like one wedding (yes, it’s an important life event, but it is still just one day) ruining a whole friendship.
Second, you didn’t give a lot of details, but if she has a young baby, I think that it’s reasonable that she declined your invitation. For a lot of new mothers, traveling with a 4-month-old is intimidating enough, but there are other real-life complications. 4-month-olds have not received all of their vaccines and so some parents don’t want to travel because of that. Some babies have really difficult sleeping schedules and that can turn Mom into a zombie as well–the idea of having to take care of a sleepless newborn, while traveling, AND show up at a wedding and be social is truly an exhausting idea to a lot of new mothers. Breastfeeding can cause a lot of complications as well–I didn’t want to travel because I didn’t like the idea of lugging around the pump and I didn’t want to breastfeed in public (okay, I was a new mom and kind of screwy that way. but that was how I felt). Some mothers aren’t comfortable with the prospect of leaving babies so young with babysitters or other caretakers; some mothers may have medical complications from cesareans and occasionally, healing time CAN take up to 12-16 weeks. Don’t read too much into the curt response–honestly, during my kid’s first couple of months, I’d probably have better luck finding a unicorn than a pen to fill out a response card.
One thing I noticed in your post though, is you haven’t really talked about her baby–did you acknowledge the birth and send a baby gift? Have you talked to her since the birth? I’m not being accusatory, but I am saying that if you care about this friendship and want to preserve it, your best bet is to try your best and support her in early motherhood and show an interest in her new baby. That’s what friends do.
If you still feel like she’s ungrateful or takes you for granted, then I’d let the friendship die and focus instead on the life that you’re building with another person now.
Post # 8
Horseradish: thank you for taking time and leaving an comment. I am trying to not get to the resentment stage, that’s not a good feeling at all. I have had other good friends not being able to make it, I guess they just took little bit more effort to congratulate and explain why( I understand that no one owes me any explainations) . I was understanding and still felt excited for my friends who is fullfilling their other comitments during our wedding time. Like I said I dont have kids, that’s why I figured that getting some input now may prevent me from realizing years from now how not understanding I could have been today.
Post # 9
lildumpling: Was the baby invited? (either by having his/her name on the invitation, or invitation wording such as “and family”)?
If not, the correct etiquette for her would have been to assume her baby was not invited. And getting a 4 month old babysat is almost impossible for many women, especially if travel is involved. (For a start there is the breastfeeding issue). If she didn’t feel bold enough to go against formal etiquette and ask if she could bring baby, then an immediate decline was her best option.
If baby was specifically invited, then it’s a pity she didn’t make the effort. I travelled with a newborn younger than that (and after a C-section). But it’s her decision and new motherhood can be overwhelming. There could also have been a vacation time issue, like her husband used up all his vacation time helping when the baby was a newborn.
Post # 10
BothCoasts: thanks for really taking some time and reply to the post. Yeah, I didn’t mention too much about the baby because my writing was getting too long. She tends to be pretty private, I heard about her pregnancy from mutual friends, I was very happy for her. Congratulated as soon as she became more public about it and also when the baby boy was born, beautiful baby! I didn’t get any invite or information to the baby shower/registry. Since she declined so quickly and briefly, I was too disappointed and didn’t think about sending a baby gift.
Yes you guys are right, I can see how there are way too many variables with having a new baby, I would not want to put her or the baby at any risk at all.
I think all in all it was probably the collection of events over the years kinda make me question the friendship. One that her insisting on having absolute private ceremony excluding us even though number of us have traveled long way to show support for her when she got married.(I suppose people will say bride should have whatever she desires) Another was an destination wedding to hawaii, it was already a small wedding, she was the Maid/Matron of Honor who helped with alot of the event planning. Non bridal party guests were excluded from the night before and morning of activities(number of individuals that can be counted on one hand) just didn’t feel very welcomed. I missed my fiance’s graduate school graduation to attend, also used my vacation time. Yes I know everyone else has important things going on in their lives. I just assumed that we had been in each other’s lives for 14 years that was just going to continue.
Post # 11
aussiemum1248: We weren’t familiar with the wordings on paper invitations so just named number of adults, but on our website welcomed children. We would have done everything to accomandate, we agreed from the begining that wedding is a day of thanks for family and friends, without them there would be no celebration. We paid and included housing for out of town guests too, our effort to decrease travel cost for people, that and we get to spend more time with people.
Post # 12
lildumpling: It’s always sad when a close friend can’t make it to a wedding but I definitely wouldn’t take it personally, having a relatively new baby is a legitimate reason, particularly when its a destination wedding. Unless it was a best friend or immediate family member, i’d probably stay home with bubs too.
Aside from this, if you feel she’s not putting as much effort in to the friendship as you are, maybe just pull back a bit yourself and focus your energy elsewhere. She can still be a friend you catch up with from time to time, but you probably don’t need to end it altogether.
Post # 13
lildumpling: I don’t think you are being a brat and I can understand why you are disappointed. You could give her a call and send your well-wishes about her baby, catch up and chat. Maybe she will extend an apology or explanation about why she can’t make it. I would hope that she sends a card or something- seems like the least she could do and it would show she still cares. If she doesn’t bother doing anything- not a call, card, nothing- then you know that you are no longer a priority in your life and she’s not worth your time. Try to focus on the people in your life who are making an effort to be there for your big day. *hugs*
Post # 14
lildumpling: I think it’s more a matter of each of you having different thoughts on how important it is to attend events like weddings. Not so that she doesn’t value your friendship. Possibly.
I have several VERY important people that I love very much, siblings and friends etc. I wouldn’t have cared too much if they couldn’t make it to my wedding… It’s not that I don’t value that they made the trip. It’s just that the only person I really needed there was Darling Husband. I would be upset if one of them held the fact that they came over my head at a later date.
If one of these people was getting married, I would very much like to be there… But I wouldn’t put myself out to attend. I would be very likely to decline if I had a baby. I know this about myself, so I tried to be very very clear that they should only attend if they wanted to and could afford it. I didn’t want anyone to put themselves out.
Just a thought from a sometimes aloof friend.