I woke up this morning and cried. This is the not-so-pretty side of planning a wedding.
For those of you who do not know the events of the past week, I will inform you. On Friday afternoon, after three months of planning, a friend of my fiance called him to tell him that he got engaged 5 days earlier and yesterday had booked a venue for his wedding... on the same day as ours. I am assuming that this friend had no prior knowledge of our date.
Because we both knew that having a wedding on the same day would severely inconvenience our close friends, both couples agreed to look into other date options. In 10 minutes they called back to say their venue was booked from April - July and that they were absolutely not going to move their date and our friends would just have to choose.
At first, the fiery Italian in me exploded and defiantly said, "Fine! We won't change our date either!" ...But then reality set in. This is not fair for our guests. I respect mine and Trey's friends and I do not want them to be in the middle of drama that should actually be a happy time for both couples.
I finally received word back from my venue Monday afternoon. The only date even close to June 4th that is available is March 12. I mean, talk about pushing something up! That changes everything, seasons, photographers, honeymoons.
And then my business sense kicked in. So I called their venue. I spoke with a lovely lady who is actually the Events Director for the space and she proceeded to tell me the Saturday dates still available for rent:
April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, and June 18th.
Wow. That is amazing. The truth is absolutely amazing.
So here is the deal, either we keep our date and divide friends based on principle. We have been honest from the start and we booked our venue 3 months before this other couple. Or we change everything in the interest of our closest friends, putting a nail in the coffin to the phrase "Good guys always finish last."
Needless to say, I woke up this morning and cried. I am so hurt and disappointed.