A friend of mine just told me about an odd sounding wedding that she's been invited to (she doesn't know the people involved too well, she's going along as her boyfriend's "plus one"). The idea of the wedding seemed a little unusual to me, so I was wondering if this is a new trend that starting up or just oddness on the part of the happy couple.
The wedding she's been invited to is a dawn wedding, all guest to be seated by 5.45am (!) on a Sunday morning, having stayed the Saturday night at the remote venue where the wedding is taking place. Thereafter, there will be breakfast until 11am, and then the guests are basically left to their own devices until the reception in the evening at 6pm Sunday evening. Apparently the invite clearly specifies that the guests are on their own for those 7 hours.
These events seem to be taking place in a remote location (from what I can tell), where the guests are stuck there for the entire day away from major city centres or small towns, and it seems a little cruel to me to hold them hostage for the entire day. The guests are also going to be paying for their own accomodation (on Saturday night only, I think) in dormitaries, at a rather steep price per person. Since it's also taking place on a Sunday, there's very little time to recover after the long drive back on Sunday night before Monday begins.
The whole situation just seems, dare I say it, a little selfish on the part of the bridge and groom? Or are these sorts of time/money commitments from guests reasonable expectations?