My cousin is getting married in June, and I got to meet his fiance over Christmas. She's great, I'm happy for them, etc.
They're having a destination wedding (about 8 hours away) and we knew that they were only including parents and siblings. I believe they'll be having a reception sometime later this year, and no one has any issues or hurt feelings over their decision.
Things got confusing when mother and aunt both received an invitation to the wedding last week. When my mom showed it to me, she indicated that she felt the bride and groom would be paying for her accommodations. I felt that what was printed on the invite was a bit too ambiguous to make that assumption. The wording was:
"We have chosen our favorite hotel for your stay. When you make your reservation, reference the Bride/Groom wedding."
My mom decided to get clarification from her brother (groom's dad) and he confirmed that accommodations were not being paid for by the bride and groom and that the invite itself was just a "gesture".
I'm really glad that I happened to look at the invite before my mom RSVP'd and assumed her hotel was paid for. She declined the invite because she can't afford it, and...it was just a gesture.
Do you all think the wording on the invite was unclear? I think their problem was saying "We chose X hotel for your stay", rather than just including a sheet with recommendations.