Hello all! I submitted a story and a brief pre-wedding update about wedding guests who added 5 additional guests to their mail-in RSVP (and asked if her granddaughter could sing), then tried to add another 2 over the phone! I wish I could say it ended there, but no.
I do want to say that my day went better than I could have imagined. There were a few hiccups, but nothing that took the smile from my face, and nothing changed the fact that my husband and I are now married, and our guests are still talking about what a great wedding it was. I actually saw this particular relative’s actions as amusement, adding to the magic of the day.
Since I had much more important things to worry about in the weeks leading up to the wedding, we sucked it up and were able to squeeze in the negotiated additional 3 guests. However, we did assign them seats at the table in the very back corner, closest to the DJ. Passive-aggressive, yes, but someone had to sit at that table, and I would rather it not have been more gracious guests. The morning of the wedding was fabulous, my family and wedding party were amazing and did everything to make sure the day was great. DH and I were having our “First Look” photo shoot, which is supposed to be a very intimate moment between bride and groom, the first time we see each other that day. We decided to do this before the ceremony so that we would have more time during the reception to spend with our guests. We’re having a great time, very intimate, and I look up and see none other than my favorite relatives J and W. TWO HOURS EARLY!!! (Yes, J & W are the ones who tried to add seven more guests to our wedding.) Not only were they there two hours early, they were also trying to take photos of our intimate photo session, and also had to be told by our professional photographers to move out of the frame. At this point, my father went over and kindly escorted them to the parking lot and told them they could come back 30 minutes before the ceremony.
Everything else went great, the ceremony was absolutely perfect. My cousin officiated and put a lot of thought and effort into delivering a very personal sermon that reflected our personalities. But then they strike again. When we got to the reception, J & W were sitting alone. Additional negotiated three, whose meals had been paid for, weren’t bothered to even show.
As annoying and frustrating as the situation was, a part of me is glad it happened, because now I can win every ‘my family is crazier than yours’ discussion I have with my husband, and I have a great wall ornament, as I framed the RSVP that started it all. 0906-12