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Hen weekend, aibu?

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slithytove Thu 15-Jan-15 15:32:19

I know I'm not but I feel guilty so can you lovely vipers make me feel better please!

Hen weekend in 3 months, 200 miles from me, deposit needed in a fortnight, total cost around £200 not including the transport there or the fancy dress.

I have an ebf 4 month old who doesn't yet sleep through. Yes she will be on solids by then but I don't know how well, and I wanted to continue bf, so 2 nights away could be really difficult. I've never yet been 2 nights away from pfb blush.

This is my main reason, but in addition, I have no spare money. Not even for the deposit let alone the whole weekend.

And if that wasn't quite enough, I only know the bride, out of the 25 or so attendees.

So I've declined and will save up and send a bottle of something. But I feel so bloody guilty. Aibu to not go, and aibu to feel guilty?

BOFster Thu 15-Jan-15 15:33:45

YANBU. You are absolved, my child.

MaximumVolume Thu 15-Jan-15 15:34:06

No, of course you aren't being unreasonable! Now stop worrying! smile

Blackout234 Thu 15-Jan-15 15:34:24

YANBU to both, But its not your fault, don't worry im sure she will understand x

karatekimmi Thu 15-Jan-15 15:34:52

Don't feel guilty, just be honest and say you don't have that sort of spare money, have a great time. It would be lovely to go for a drink locally with you!! It will be more like £500 including drinks and extras!!

FannyFifer Thu 15-Jan-15 15:34:58

You have no reason to feel guilty, you can't go so that's it, no need to feel bad.

Waitingonasunnyday Thu 15-Jan-15 15:36:04

YANBU. And you have declined not said yes and dropped out nearer the time. So perfectly acceptable. And you do not need to send a bottle of anything!!

vindscreenviper Thu 15-Jan-15 15:36:34

Of course YANBU.

unless the 'bottle of something' is breastmilk grin

Helphelphelps Thu 15-Jan-15 15:36:36

Don't feel guilty, thats a lot of money to spend. If your friend doesn't understand that, then SIBU!

Writerwannabe83 Thu 15-Jan-15 15:39:52

There's absolutely NO WAY that I would go and be away from PFB for that long. grin My DS is 10 months and the longest I've been away from him is about 7 hours and that was bad enough!!

YANBU - please don't feel guilty!!

19lottie82 Thu 15-Jan-15 15:40:52

of course not, my friend agreed to go on my hen weekend then changed her mind because she didn't want to leave her 6 month old. I was absolutely fine with it. if the hen gets the hump then she's a shit friend. when you plan a hen like this, you need to appreciate that, a lot of people wont be able to make it due to the cost and work / family commitments..

WorraLiberty Thu 15-Jan-15 15:42:09

Really, is anyone going to say YABU?! grin

BoredChurch Thu 15-Jan-15 15:44:32

YANBU (as I'm sure you already know smile )

The only thing you are unreasonable about is feeling guilty about it. I wouldn't.

HandMini Thu 15-Jan-15 15:45:36

It is fine to say no. Regardless of baby, money, breasts/bottles, fancy dress, preciousness or anything else, it is still fine to say no.

ilovesooty Thu 15-Jan-15 15:45:38

It sounds grim. I think it's useful that you had very acceptable reasons for declining.

TagineKaput Thu 15-Jan-15 15:47:04

YANBU, of course. The bride will understand.

And it's a lovely idea to send a bottle of bubbly or something.

shakemysilliesout Thu 15-Jan-15 15:47:46



Don't feel guilty

TracyBarlow Thu 15-Jan-15 15:47:51

If it makes you feel better, I missed both of my best friends' hen dos due to ebf baby no 1 and ebf baby no 2. With ebf baby no 3 I'm going to be missing my sister's hen do. It's shit, but that's life.

TheListingAttic Thu 15-Jan-15 15:52:18

I've missed many a hen do because of cost and because I just didn't fancy it - no pfb to make it genuinely difficult! You've nothing to feel guilty about, and anyone bride worth being friends with will understand that!

Ememem84 Thu 15-Jan-15 15:52:37

YABU. How dare you put yourself/your family first. This is a hen day/weekend/week/month. Can't you realise this...? it's the most important day in wedding planning (other than the wedding/the rehearsal dinner/the post wedding drinks)

Worra is that what you were expecting?

Slithytove obviously I am not being serious. YANBU. and although you are super thoughtful to send a bottle of something.

slithytove Thu 15-Jan-15 16:12:11

grin I know it's ok not to go (invitation not a summons etc) but I'm the only one of her friends with kids, and she has no idea how skint I am. So I do feel bad from that PoV.

I've not actually given a reason yet, just said to her chief bm sorry I can't make it and have a lovely time.

I will NOT be sending breast milk grin its liquid gold! will consider lambrini, that other liquid gold

itosh Thu 15-Jan-15 16:13:49

YANBU I am getting married soon and would invite you so you weren't left out but knowing you had a young baby not expect you to come!

EEVEElution Thu 15-Jan-15 16:16:25

I'm in this exact position at the moment! Wonder if we have both been invited to the same hen party hmm

slithytove Thu 15-Jan-15 16:18:11

Maybe! Did you get the email today?

DonnaTheKamikaze Thu 15-Jan-15 16:19:16

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