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Family & Relationships Furious mother reveals a bride is demanding 'nice' gifts - despite wedding guests being forced to pay $1,300 to attend the big day abroad

18:52  03 october  2018
18:52  03 october  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A furious wedding guest has slammed a bride for demanding 'nice' presents - despite getting married abroad in an exotic location.

Mumsnet user 'Brownieb' took to the British parenting website to ask other parents for advice on whether she should buy a gift, revealing she will already have to fork out £1,000 (approx. $1,300) for flights and accommodation for the two-week extravaganza.

Explaining the wedding means her family will not be able to afford to go away again that year, the angry mother admitted she felt 'forced' to attend as it was a family event.

And users quickly sympathized with the woman, with the majority arguing her presence alone should be enough of a gift.

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a screenshot of a cell phone: Explaining that the wedding means that her family will not be able to afford to go away again that year, the angry mother admitted she felt 'forced' to attend as it was a family wedding© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Explaining that the wedding means that her family will not be able to afford to go away again that year, the angry mother admitted she felt 'forced' to attend as it was a family wedding

Explaining her dilemma on the site, she wrote: 'We are going to a wedding abroad next year and it has been hinted we are expected to buy a "nice" wedding present - I feel that we shouldn't have to.

'Mainly I think this because the couple have chosen to go abroad, they have chosen a very expensive time of the year, we have a young child and the destination will be too hot for them to go outside in the day for any length of time.'

She added: 'We don't want to go to this country for our holiday anyway because it's just somewhere you lay by the pool.

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'Now we can't afford a holiday of our own because this wedding will cost over £1000 just for flights and accommodation, that's after find our own cheaper option. We have no annual leave left after this (two week!) wedding either.'

a screenshot of a social media post: Users quickly sympathised with the woman, with the majority arguing that her presence alone should be enough of a gift and she shouldn't go to the wedding at all© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Users quickly sympathised with the woman, with the majority arguing that her presence alone should be enough of a gift and she shouldn't go to the wedding at all

The mother concluded: 'The couple haven't paid for anything for their own wedding and then got angry we didn't want to pay to stay on their resort as they wanted the 'free gifts' available if you get enough guests.'

And angry users quickly expressed their sympathy for the mother, with many arguing that she shouldn't attend the wedding at all.

One wrote: 'I'd say that attending is is lieu of a wedding present as you've gone above and beyond to attend anyway (presumably they know what you've told us?). You've already upset them, so a bit more upset won't hurt.'

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Another suggested giving them a card, while some even argued that she should not attend and buy her a generous gift instead.

'I honestly wouldn't go,' one wrote. 'I'd buy them a very 'nice' present, and set it against the cost of the ridiculous holiday summons. They can hardly complain about you not going to the wedding if you've given them a generous gift.'

a screenshot of a social media post: 'You received an invitation to attend a wedding, not a subpoena,' one user argued on Mumsnet, after the guest revealed her dilemna over whether to buy a gift© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'You received an invitation to attend a wedding, not a subpoena,' one user argued on Mumsnet, after the guest revealed her dilemna over whether to buy a gift

Another agreed, writing: 'Don't go to the wedding. If the couple are angry that you're not staying at the same resort, rather than pleased you're going at all, it makes me wonder whether invitations were sent out to bump up their numbers.

'You received an invitation to attend a wedding, not a subpoena.'

Suggesting she use the money for her own family holiday, another said: 'Don't go. If you're getting judged for all the added extras you aren't participating in, then they may as well dislike you for not attending at all. Save yourself a grand and go do something nice that you want to do.'

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Meanwhile one sassy user said: 'Write in the card 'our presence is your present' with loads of glitter sprinkled in the envelope'.

Others recited their own experiences, with one explaining that she didn't buy presents when attending a recent wedding abroad.

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a screenshot of a cell phone: Many suggested the mother simply by a card or don't go to the wedding at all, in a lively discussion over wedding etiquette© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Many suggested the mother simply by a card or don't go to the wedding at all, in a lively discussion over wedding etiquette

'I've been to two abroad weddings- one in India another very expensive. We didn't buy presents as it was so expensive to get there'.

And a bride who had exchanged vows abroad herself said: 'You don't have to go to the wedding. I had mine abroad and explained it was entirely optional. I would have been annoyed if anyone who did go complained about the price/ location as it was their own choice to go. Honestly don't go!'

She added: 'Incidentally we got a few lovely gifts but about half our guests didn't gift anything but did give a card. That seems normal for weddings abroad.'

However one user argued that she couldn't attend a wedding without giving a present, writing: 'You can't turn up with nothing. That's just weird. You're obviously begrudging going so I wouldn't bother if I was you.'

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a screenshot of a cell phone: A bride who had exchanged vows abroad herself said she didn't require gifts and received many cards from guests© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A bride who had exchanged vows abroad herself said she didn't require gifts and received many cards from guests

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