Yesterday in the mail we received a wedding invitation which had me scratching my head. It took me a few seconds to figure out who it even was.
The bride is the sister of a young man who is married to a girl whose family we have known for years. All of these young people were in our homeschooling support group many years ago, when they were children, but that was about 15 years ago. We went to the wedding of this couple(current bride’s brother). I said hello to these people (the groom’s family at that wedding) and I think I did run into the mother at Wal-mart a few years ago. We never see them, never talk, etc. They live in another town.
I showed it to my teens, who said, “Who is that? Do we know them?” Our 15yo daughter said, “Maybe they don’t have very many friends.” Maybe they don’t. I don’t know them well enough to have any idea about that.
It would never in a million years occur to me to invite them to a wedding of one of our children. Someone told me I should RSVP (there was no response card) by sending a note, perhaps send a wedding card. I feel very odd sending a card with no gift, and I also feel odd buying a gift when I barely know the bride or her family, and do not know the groom at all. Apparently Emily Post says you should send a gift anytime you are invited to a wedding. I am tempted to ignore the invitation and do nothing.
Has this ever happened to you? What would you do?