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Do I Have to Go to Cousin's Wedding?

Group Therapy: Should I Accept or Decline My Cousin's Wedding Invite?

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I've been invited to my third cousin's wedding. I was planning on going, I wanted to go, but my mom isn't feeling up to going and has declined her invitation and my boyfriend doesn't know if he will be able to take the time off. If she was a closer relative, or someone I regularly kept in touch with (other than Facebook), I think I'd go anyway. I'm just not sure who's going, and at least half the guest list will be the groom's friends and family who I don't know at all. I've been to a few weddings in the past few years and never had to skip one. I suppose it's not as though she'll be horribly offended if I don't go, right? Would you go to a wedding by yourself?

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ChrissyLee ChrissyLee 5 years
If you have nothing better to do then go. If you go in with an open mind you'll probably have more fun than you think. You could meet someone who winds up to be a friend or a good business contact. Just go with the idea that you'll have fun and you will, and it could be a good opportunity to get closer to some family.
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 5 years
If you don't want to go, don't go. I'm sure you won't regret going though.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I read this post a few times trying to figure out what the problem was. Go. Have a few cocktails, get to know your aunt Linzy who goes to burning man each year, watch the groom's father do the chicken dance, and most importantly, wake up the next morning not feeling guilty that you missed it.
missbowie missbowie 5 years
This might sound weird, but the weddings of extended family can be very enjoyable. You will almost certainly know people there, it is a family wedding after all, and it's a great opportunity to get to know your extended family without any pressure, and the knowledge that you will only have to be there for an hour or two if you find the wedding terrible.
pax4pax pax4pax 5 years
Take the opportunity to mix and mingle. Who knows what sort of positive impact you could have on someone there. Go alone and take it as an opportunity to know more of your blood relations and, possibly, of maturing in social mixing.
JoeTyndall JoeTyndall 5 years
OP, I have no problems going to a wedding my myself. Do you feel uncomfortable going by yourself?
missmaryb missmaryb 5 years
Given your circumstances, I don't think I would go. I'm declining my cousin's wedding because we are not close (wouldn't know him if I fell over him lol), I would have to drive 2.5 hours and find someone to take both my kids overnight. Like you, I would have gone if it were a close relative or friend. I will send a gift anyway though.
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