Some very good points, Sharon F. I agree that for a person who is so wealthy that other people resent her without knowing her, to complain about $120 in gifts seems strangely, well, modest. Oh, heck, let's call it cheap. (Now, these would be very nice presents for most of us, but I don't think the Rockefellers complain about having to give $60 shower presents, so she's not coming off as old money as she claims here.)
Since she seems to feel that those gifts are excessively expensive, I'm not sure how much out of pocket she really would be on those "outings" she claims to have paid for. And I don't quite understand the shock and horror that Suzanne is having a (gasp, flutter!) *destination wedding*, to which people will have to *pay money* to travel! Surely in her upperclass social set, travel to weddings all over the country is a pretty common event, no?
And yes, I do wonder what the destination is, that one has to fly to a "faraway city", and then drive five hours to reach the wedding site. That sounds less like a destination wedding and more like an "ecotour in outer Mongolia" wedding. What's the destination, Ulan Bator?