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The reason dad refused to attend his son’s wedding is ‘absurd’


The internet is backing a man who refuses to attend his son’s wedding after choosing a destination at the last minute, not giving guests enough time to prepare and save for it.

In a post shared on Reddit in September, under the username u/Standard_Bit_2921, the father explained that he was currently in an argument with his son after telling him it was “absurd” to expect that he attends his destination wedding at such a time. short notice.

Her son originally planned to get married in the fall of 2024, but he suddenly changed his plans and decided to get married in January. As if that wasn’t enough, he decided to get married abroad, in France.

He said: “We thought he was joking when it first happened because he talked about so many destinations at this point. I also thought it (would be) in a year at least, but the invitations came in today. It’s four months in France. … He’s looking to take a mini trip and apparently was able to book a small church in France for the whole thing.”

A stock photo of a man in an airport looking at his phone. A father has been backed online for refusing to attend his son’s destination wedding after just four months’ notice.
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He tried to tell his son that he wouldn’t be able to go because he had already used up almost all of his paid time off. He added that he could not afford plane tickets for the entire family, which includes five minors, who are still in school.

Destination weddings are a growing trend in the United States. GroupTravel.org estimates they account for one in four marriages. According to the website, the most popular wedding destinations outside the country are Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean.

Florence Ann Romano, personal growth strategist and author of Build Your Village: A Guide to Finding Joy and Community at Every Stage of Life, said News week that destination weddings are a trend that’s going nowhere.

She said: “Not only that, but one thing that will never change about destination weddings is that they are more expensive for the guests. All invited guests – even family – should weigh the pros and cons of committing to attend. The engaged couple must understand that not everyone will be able to make the trip to celebrate, in this case the father has decided that it is not feasible and this decision will have to be respected.

“However, and this is also very important, the father should not make the couple feel bad about choosing France as their place of residence and should not expect them to change their plans. It is their choice and it should also be respected (as disappointed as they may be). A good compromise might be that the couple, and extended family or friends who cannot attend, can celebrate in the United States at a later date.

The post quickly went viral on the platform and has so far received over 9,500 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

One user, FalconJaeger, commented: “(Not The A******). Anyone wanting a destination wedding should be prepared that their loved ones won’t be able to attend. Getting time off, finding accommodation, completing the administrative formalities and being able to afford it are no small obstacles.”

SunlitNomad wrote: “(Not The A******). If you want to have a destination wedding you need to give people more than 4 months notice, especially large families with kids and budgets normal. Diminishingpatience added: “(Not the A******). It is completely disconnected from the reality of your life. »

Information week, who contacted u/Standard_Bit_2921 for comment via Reddit chat, was unable to verify the details of the case.

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