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Family wedding - Am I a complaining b**** or reasonable woman?
by Anonymous
March 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Issue #1: I hate dancing because I feel silly.

I have a cousin that is getting married this summer. I don't want to go because I hate to dance. At all of our previous family weddings, I just sit there and watch everyone else. She lives 30 minutes away so I can't use the "I can't afford a plane ticket" excuse. I think of it this way, one less guest means one less dinner plate to pay for.

Issue #2: No one ever asks to stay over!

A week before I will get phone calls like, "I'm taking Delta and we're landing on Thursday at 4:22pm. See ya then!" Since we live close to one another and I have the bigger house, everyone feels entitled to come over. This means my DS (14) and DD (17) sleep on an air mattress on our bedroom floor. That leaves 3 bedrooms for guests and everyone else sleeps on an air mattress in the basement. 

Issue #3: We foot the bill!

It is expensive to have 23 people in your home for a few days. No one reimburses us for: 

  • Gas: Used to drive them to and from the airport (1.5 hrs each way)
  • Extra groceries: Purchased to feed everyone (And if we do eat out, they don't want to pay)
  • Higher bills: due to more electricity, gas, and water being used by everyone
  • Rental car: We usually rent a minivan or Surburban because my husband drives a 2-seater and my car only seats 4 -which is not enough space to transport people and their luggage
  • Lost wages: My husband and I have to take off in order to chauffeur everyone to and from the airport


My family feels entitled to stay at our home for the wedding simply because we are family. We only speak on holidays and birthdays, I'm only close to about 4 of the 23 people that are supposed to be coming. I told my cousin that we have 3 hotels close to us and that she should ask them for a group rate, but she said, "Why should we make our family spend more money on hotel fees when they can stay with us?"

Please help me! I'm dreading July 20th! Am I being a complaining bitch or am I a reasonable woman? 

EDIT: Entertaining family leaves me physically and emotionally exhausted. I'm battling depression and really don't want to do deal with people. Lately however, I've been kicking my depression in the ass.


  • RMB2011
    by RMB2011
    March 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM
    I can see your point but in my family that's how it goes. If someone comes to visit you put them up for the stay. Although they usually pitch in around the house and leave some money to cover any extras.
  • brittany208
    March 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    It is not your wedding, you shouldn't have to pay to accomodate all their guests. Maybe you could find some reason you have to be out of town that weekend, so your house is unavailable?

  • SRUsarahSC
    March 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    it's not unreasonable to limit the number of guests you allow at one time in your home.  We can comfortably fit 2-4 max.  23 people is ridiculous, you are being used as a hotel.  Go to the wedding but stay firm on guests and you also don't need to be picking everyone up, they can rent a car. If they order it now they can get it for a relatively low price.

  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    March 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM
    Your house your rules. I'd personally contact the 4 family members you like and let them know they're welcome to stay in your home. Contact the other 19 and tell them that they will need to take care of their own transportation and lodgings as your house is full and you are unable to accommodate all of them. Tell them if they have any further questions to contact your cousin. Then call your cousin and say "I'm not a hotel, everyone is already aware they need to find different lodgings".
  • alexsmomaubrys2
    March 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    That is how it is in our family and we just smile and enjoy being with each other.

    Personally, it sounds like there is a lot more going on then just what you posted. I can't imagine not going to a wedding because you don't like to dance. That isn't the point of the wedding.

  • audreesmama
    March 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM
    I would email them some hotel websites and tell them to take their pick. No way would I take that shit.
  • alexsmomma06
    March 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM
    Not your wedding, not your responsibility to help out with guests. Leave for the weekend so thru can't use the house or limit the guests to 2-4, make them rent their own vehicle.
  • Brittanyk3
    March 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM
    i understand your point 100%. i have a huge family and we are all about helping out and staying at families housej BUT everyone also pitches in for food and all heres a bump!
  • ATG499
    by ATG499
    March 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM
    I would tell them all no.
  • lwalker270
    March 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    The dancing thing to me is odd. I don't dance either -- I've never been to a wedding where it was required.  I simply visit with people and sip a glass of wine.

    About the guests, I'd simply speak up and tell them it's expensive and you can't accommodate everyone.  I can't imagine staying in someone's home and not offering to pay for food, at a minimum.

    Maybe your cousin should consider renting a vehicle and getting the guests back and forth to the airport.

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