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Jno99 Wed 27-Feb-19 09:54:07

Recently married, DH best man is a long term friend and quite wealthy. They wrote us a cheque but we could not cash as wrong names (we don't have a joint bank account or plan on getting one). They are aware and said they'd transfer money but some time now and not sent. A generous gift but don't want to chase...I know they would want us to have it and can afford it. How should we approach this?

MarthasGinYard Wed 27-Feb-19 09:55:45

'They are aware and said they'd transfer money but some time now and not sent. A generous gift but don't want to chase....'


Don't chase

They are aware.

izekiah Wed 27-Feb-19 09:56:58

don’t think you can tbh. they know and haven’t done anything about it

MyKingdomForBrie Wed 27-Feb-19 09:57:11

Get a joint back account and cash the cheque..?

Jno99 Wed 27-Feb-19 09:57:23

I meant they are aware we could not cash the cheque. I suspect it may have been forgotten about as incredibly busy people, and they wouldn't notice whether it had come out of their account or not

Whereareyouspot Wed 27-Feb-19 09:59:41

Wait til you next see them and politely hand the original cheque back with a ‘we thought you might want destroy this’ comment. Will trigger them into remembering they didn’t transfer the cash?

Jno99 Wed 27-Feb-19 10:00:29

Already told them some time ago we had destroyed the cheque

senua Wed 27-Feb-19 10:01:32

Have you actually returned the cheque to them? That would be a reminder.

Or casually drop into conversation that "this weekend we are sending out our thank cards" or "Aunt Gwen said she was touched to receive our thank you card as so many couples don't bother these days".

senua Wed 27-Feb-19 10:01:56


nzeire Wed 27-Feb-19 10:03:50

Do not say anything, way too awkward

Bufferingkisses Wed 27-Feb-19 10:05:17

Aren't you concerned they've unintentionally put it into a wrong account? I would be.

NWQM Wed 27-Feb-19 10:10:03

I agree that it’s worth checking in case a problem but you do risk that they will feel embarrassed and therefore view you as grabby.

MarthasGinYard Wed 27-Feb-19 10:11:08

What are your DH thoughts?

Given it's his best man

senua Wed 27-Feb-19 10:15:30

Your description went from "Recently married" to "some time now". Which one is it?

AliceLiddel Wed 27-Feb-19 10:15:57

Maybe send them a "thank you for joining us on our special day" card with a wedding photo inside. Or a photo of your DH with his best man from the wedding day. May jog their memory.

Everythingmagnolia Wed 27-Feb-19 10:17:16

How long ago was the wedding?

NeverTwerkNaked Wed 27-Feb-19 10:18:56

So you could have just opened a joint account but decided you would push the hassle back onto them instead?

Jno99 Wed 27-Feb-19 10:20:53

DH is torn as doesn't want to look like be "needs" it or is taking advantage of his friend. Reality is its just short of a month's wages for DH and maybe a couple of days for his best man so it would make a big difference to us

kmammamalto Wed 27-Feb-19 10:22:22

How would you know that they wouldn't notice if it came out of their account?! You seem to be making an assumption that they are well off and unless you actually see people's accounts in details you never really know what their financial situation is. I would leave it. It's DHs best man and so his thing to sort out.

Jno99 Wed 27-Feb-19 10:23:00

Loads of reasons not to open a joint account. It was discussed at the time and a 2 min job to transfer money. Hardly a helpful comment there

PazRaz10 Wed 27-Feb-19 10:25:53

You can't chase or mention it - if they remember they'll do something about it, or they may not - their prerogative. Just write it off and be grateful for all the other gifts you received.

EvaHarknessRose Wed 27-Feb-19 10:27:03

It's a shame but risk of bad feeling if chased. Value the friendship.

senua Wed 27-Feb-19 10:27:48

If the man was a good enough friend to ask to be Best Man then isn't he a good enough friend that you can have an open and frank conversation, softened with a bit of humour?

Upalln1ght Wed 27-Feb-19 10:31:16

Don't say anything!!
You don't know their money situation...Perhaps they could have serious secret money issues. People go through all-sorts behind closed doors but still flash the cash to save face.

But even if they can afford it, you'll feel so awkward and embarrassed after saying something (again). The cash isn't worth that feeling.
They'll know they haven't given you the money and there'll be a reason for that.
I'd say just write it off and you'll be pleasantly surprised if it does crop up in your account one day!

senua Wed 27-Feb-19 10:31:26

It's a shame but risk of bad feeling if chased. Value the friendship.
I disagree. Imagine the conversation ten years from now, when it comes to light. "I would have said something but I was too embarrassed and thought that perhaps you had fallen on hard times."
Much better to raise it now, with humour.

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