Well first I need to comment on the weird thing that happens when I try to post something on my blog. I click on the link and I get a posting window inside of a posting window. Since I don't know what to do with that...I put my post in the inside box...as I can't see any way to get it in the outside box. Weird.
So today DH & I were trying to figure out our plans for attending the wedding this June.
DH: dear husband
DNP: dear Niece who is getting married
DF: dear Niece's fiance
DNE: dear Nephew who is graduating from High School
SIL: Sister in Law who is their mother
MIL: Mother in Law who is the mother of SIL & DH
Darly: dear daughter who is one of the flower girls in the wedding
BIL#1: DH's oldest brother (the one with 7 kids, his one dd is the second flower girl)
Okay, I think that does it for the cast.
So SIL and her kids in an effort to have all of the family come and visit for the longest amount of time possible have scheduled DNE's graduation party on the Saturday before the wedding. June 23rd for the Grad party & June 30th for the wedding. They seriously want for the family members that are invited (more on that later!) to come and stay then entire time between those two dates. For us this would mean a 10 day trip. The airfare is the same no matter what days we are there. But for a 10 day trip we would need to add on extra car rental, extra hotel stay, extra food, extra dog & rabbit care here, and extra car parking here. Oh and then there is the issue of what to do for the 4 days between the two events...so that's entertainment costs.
So this morning DH is looking online at the prices for everything and trying to figure out what we would do for those 4 days. His Uncles have cabins that are near the area that we might be able to stay at...but we weren't really looking to go camping. We could go to Mackinac Island, but DH says it is a tourist trap that might be windy like Jamestown, VA was and Darly won't like that. So he is wanting me to decide and I really don't care. Darly doesn't want to stay for the 10 days. So I suggest that he call MIL to see if she has any preference on how long we stay.
MIL tells us that she doesn't care how long we are there and gives us the updates...first DNP's wedding location has changed as they were unable to get a location in the first city they wanted...Traverse City. It will now be in Gaylord. This is good news as Gaylord is actually on the interstate instead of having to take back roads and it's closer to Frankenmuth.
The second news is that DNE wants to invite all his classmates & teachers to his Grad party. With so many people that we don't know there, we're thinking that 1)DNE isn't going to realize that we aren't there and 2) that's way too many people for these introverts that I live with. So that makes it easier to skip the Grad party all together. YAY
So we've purchased our tickets for the flight and will only be gone 5 days. While we could stay with family for some of the time, we're thinking that it would be nicer to not have to deal with them and stay at a hotel. So we're looking into that.
Now I just have to ask around for dog & rabbit sitters.
Oh, I promised you some more on who is invited to the wedding. It's tradition in Frankenmuth for everyone to crash your wedding. Don't know who or why, it just is. MIL said they had about 10 extra people come to her wedding, some with gifts, some without...but the more the merrier.
DNP & DF don't want anyone crashing their wedding. That's why it won't be in Frankenmuth. They want a really nice and fancy wedding, but they don't want the expense of it, so they are only inviting certain people. Part of this included a request that only BIL#1, his wife & DD come to the wedding instead of their entire family. The have given each of their parents a certain number of people that they are allowed to invite. SIL accidently mentioned to her cousin some of the wedding details and the cousin was excited to go to the wedding when SIL had to tell her that she wasn't invited. Oops!
DH thinks this is crazy. A wedding should be full of family & friends and well wishers. But I think it's their wedding. Who are we to tell them how to do it? I do think they're going to have to allow BIL#1's entire family to come though. That's just silly to say that they can't.
Oh I forgot to mention that SIL#2 (she's not mentioned in the cast of characters above) is upset with DNP for NOT having her daughter be in the wedding. LOL this is so totally crazy. First of all, the daughter is 17! And she's been a flower girl numerous times before. It's time for the younger cousins to have their turn. I wouldn't be suprised if DNP didn't even want this cousin to come to the wedding at all...this kid's behavior is terrible. She's got issues.
I should quit now. Here's another dress that I found http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_6/601-8791212-5094536?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B000MDA460