Post # 1
DH and I have a mutual friend that used to be more of a drinking buddy. We rarely see him anymore. He only comes around when we are having big parties for special occasions. He is having a “celebration” of his wedding in a few weeks. They already got married a few months ago for insurance reasons. Included in the invitation was where they are registered.
Now, this friend did not come to my wedding and did not bother to RSVP. I found out later that he decided he would rather watch football that day. Yes, I am still bitter about it. He also did not get us anything (which most of our friends didn’t. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying).
Would you go to the “celebration”, and would you get a gift?
Post # 3
Depends. Since it seems you guys aren’t close to him at all I probably wouldn’t. I wouldn’t say anything like “You didn’t come to mine so I’m not coming to yours” because that sounds childish, but if you and your Fiance are indifferent towards him I probably wouldn’t.
Post # 4
Do you have anything better to do that night?
I probably wouldn’t bring a gift or if I did it would be small one (based on your relationship with him, not because he didn’t get you anything) but would probably still attend if I didn’t have any other plans.
Post # 5
@shellyjean: I probably wouldn’t attend, but if you did you might be okay with just bringing a card.
Post # 6
I do not decide to attend an event based on the hosts attendence at my event or whether or not they gave a gift. Go if you want to celebtrate with them.
You do not have to give a gift. But I do think if you feel close enough to attend the event, that you should want to give them something in celebration. If you do not, then perhaps you aren’t that close.
Post # 7
Given the things you mentioned I’d feel less inclined to attend. The real question is if you are interested in maintaining this friendship. If you are, then you should go. If you’re okay with just letting this friendship fade, then don’t bother.
Post # 8
I would go, but won’t bring a gift.
Post # 11
I would probably go, just because I like going to other people’s weddings. Plus, perhaps there would be mutual friends there that I haven’t seen for a while. At most people’s weddings, you spend very little time with the couple and much more time with other people.
I might get a token gift if I was going, but perhaps not too extravagant.
Post # 12
If it were me, I’d do neither.
Post # 13
I might go if there were other friends attending. Otherwise I wouldn’t go or gift them anything.
He obviously didn’t care about attending your wedding or put any thought into even a basic card; why reciprocate? It seems like neither of you value your friendship (which isn’t a bad thing); just not close enough to give gifts or really get excited about either person’s wedding.
Post # 14
First, I think a lot of people believe they are supposed to include registry or gift information with the invitation. Stores go out of their way to further this idea by providing registry cards to be included with invitations. I don’t really judge on this, since I’ve seen a lot of people that I know don’t care about the gifts include these in their invitations because they think it’s proper etiquette.
Second, if you want to go to the wedding, go. If you don’t, don’t. This isn’t someone you’re really close to and an invitation is just that–an invitation. I think if you do go, you should bring a small gift.
Post # 15
This is a tough one. Although it’s tempting to go eye for an eye.. I’d say be the more generous person. Going to the party won’t cost you more than an evening and you might enjoy your time with the other guests.
As for a gift… why not get him something small? I don’t know how much you usually spend on a wedding gift, but maybe you can find a salad spinner for $20 or so on their list. You will thereby have given a gift, shown social grace but not gone all out.