1) As trivial as it sounds, picking up a cousin from the airport has become a major point of contention. My dad’s 50-ish year old single cousin is flying to DC the day before the wedding. She won’t rent a car because she doesn’t like driving in unfamiliar cities, and she won’t use the metro. So, if you can believe this, my family told me (not asked) to pick her up from the airport the day before the wedding. This is ridiculous on a couple of levels. 1) The bride and groom should not have to pick anyone up the day before their wedding. 2) She arrives during morning RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. It’s a 35 minute drive to the airport one-way in zero traffic. I’d estimate it would take at least two hours each way in traffic. I need to be at the wedding venue and getting things set up that morning, not wasting my time in traffic! Plus, I’d like to add that she has a 35 minute connection in Philadelphia before she arrives in DC. What if she misses her connection? We’re not waiting around for her! Taxis, SuperShuttle, and metro are all out of the question apparently. So, here’s what I want to say (but won’t).
2) Getting my family to stay in hotels the days before the wedding. I’ve mentioned before that my family does not have a lot of money. And, I don’t want to sound whiny, because seriously, I wouldn’t have taken their money if they offered because I know they couldn’t afford a wedding, but Ken and I have planned and paid for this entire wedding. Haven’t asked you for any help, and haven’t asked you for a dime. So, I can’t believe that you wouldn’t be so difficult about my request that you stay in a hotel when you’re in town for the wedding so that Ken and I can have our peace at home. Yes, even if you “promise to stay out of our way” and yes, even if we “won’t even know you’re there.” You are welcome in our house any other time. But not this time. I know that $80-ish/night is expensive for a hotel. But, our wedding has been expensive too! I told you MONTHS ago that I did not want you at the house before the wedding. Did you think I forgot about this request the other day when you just casually mentioned all the people that would be staying at our house? And when I told you that we had taken apart the guest bedroom bed to make room for all our wedding supplies, I did not appreciate you telling me that I could just “sleep on the couch in the basement.” Yes, because a backache would be just lovely right before my wedding.
What does this have to do with my cousin needing a ride to the airport? Well, the other day my parents said they would just leave our house Thursday morning and pick up the cousin from the airport themselves (the same conversation they told me I could just sleep on the sofa). I gently reminded them about the hotel issue. They refuse to drive all the way from the hotel near the venue to the airport. So, it’s either A) They stay at the house and pick up my cousin, or B) They stay at a hotel and I have to pick up my cousin. I told them that I absolutely could not pick her up the morning before the wedding day. So, my sister calls me trying to figure out cheaper hotels that are closer to the airport or our house. During which, my sister also offered to stay at our house (promising, of course, to “stay out of our way”) so that SHE could go pick up my cousin.
Here’s what I want to say to them (but won’t).
Yes, I know you do not have a lot of money and that $80/night is a lot of money for a hotel. But, we have shelled out $16,000 thus far on our wedding. Maybe if you had stopped buying daily lottery tickets and going to bingo so often, you could afford the extra nights in a hotel.
I will fucking laugh in the faces of people who showed up at our wedding without RSVPing. Why? We have seating for 160 guests. Right now, we have 143 confirmed attendees (we invited 282 people). If we had more than 160 guests RSVP, we were going to rent extra tables. But, we’re not paying money to seat people that potentially may be there. So, if more than 160 come, those who didn’t RSVP won’t have a place to sit. They’ll also be the last to get served food and cake.
So, here’s what I want to say:
Have your coordinator *that you’ve hired* to pick up your cousin! Done!
Since your family has no irk about staying together at your house, they should all be fine with staying together in a hotel room. $80 split 4 ways, or at least in half, is a pretty good deal. Plant your for down – NO guests in my house! Love ya, but NO!
Again – put your coordinator to work! Have her call your procrastinating RSVP-ers. That’s her job! She is supposed to be there for YOU! She has the time that you don’t. Do you know that the weeks leading up to the wedding, a bride spends and extra 11 hours a week in wedding planning! You have someone in your corner, in your back pocket to call on for help! If she’s not already offering to help – MAKE her!