I’m left with the final bill and I don’t think it’s fair.
Earlier this month, my partner of seven years and I finally got married. It was everything I’d hoped for and more. We had been engaged for nearly four years because my husband and I weren’t in the right financial situation to be able to afford a wedding right away.
We’d both just finished university, weren’t in stable jobs and didn’t want to do our wedding on the cheap.
So despite being madly in love and wanting to marry within the year, we had to hold off the plans until we could save enough to afford exactly what we wanted. We had no help paying for the big day, my husband and I saved every single cent ourselves and didn’t expect any handouts from our families.
Both of our sides are fairly large and neither of us wanted to cut our list back, so our total guest count came to nearly 400 people. We paid over $100 per head for each of them. So you do the math. That’s a lot of money.
We were, however, happy to pay it, because we wanted to share our special day with the people in our lives who are important to us. But there was one huge thing that ticked me off that I wasn’t expecting at all.
The huge number of no-shows. People who said they were coming, but didn't. They were a mixture of family, as well as, friends and it really hurt that they wouldn’t turn up to the most important day of my life.
Despite all of our saving my husband and I are still massively out of pocket. We thought that we would receive more money as we had a wishing well. But a large portion of our guests still chose to buy us as an actual present.