Attending a wedding can be seriously tiring. Additionally, if one has to take a day off from work or shuffle one’s daily schedule, then attending a wedding can be simply inconvenient. However, if you do not want to attend, you need to come up with a really good excuse which seems genuine and convincing to both the bride and groom.
May your marriage outlast everyone’s resentment over the expense of attending your wedding.
~ Author Unknown
Piled up invites, invitations for bachelors’ or bachelorettes, rehearsal dinners, trials for bridesmaid dresses, and let’s not forget those mandatory bridal showers, are some of the typical signs of a wedding season drawing closer.
Though these wedding invites are to pour in with certainty, if you aren’t certain about attending them, you need some good excuses! Not attending a wedding out of boredom is never an acceptable reason.
Generally, most of us have certain plans and dreams about our wedding and who should attend it. Subsequently, every bride and groom-to-be sends out invites with serious thought and purpose. Thus, missing an important invite is going to take a little more than your regular sorry, rather a really solid excuse.
An excuse should generally be a situation that one cannot avoid at any cost. Faking emergencies can be perfect examples of excuses that do not draw much criticism. It must be an excuse that leaves both the bride and the groom, speechless! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the good excuses for not attending a wedding.
Cannot Miss Work
Everybody buys this excuse. Every grown up understands the importance of work. They understand the implications of missing a deadline at work, missing a day at work or not reporting to work on an important day. Hence, this makes ‘cannot miss work’ your number one reason for missing the wedding. To make your absence seem further genuine, say that we were traveling and were not in town that same week. This will save you the trouble of attending rehearsal dinner too.
Not in Town
If you were not in town, you couldn’t have attended the wedding. So this excuse is your next best reason to not go and just carry on with your daily routine. Also with this reason, you do not have to worry about being seen around, as everyone else will be attending the wedding! The other way this reason works is, if you do not stay in the same city. This way you wouldn’t have to explain too much either.
Sickness is a great reason for bunking a lot of things in life. And this time it could also be your savior! If you are really sick, well, then, you actually are and hence cannot attend the wedding. But, if you aren’t, then an excuse like being sick, that too with a contagious infection, will be understood and taken seriously by the bride and groom. After all, no one wants to leave the party with an infection.
Another good reason for not attending the wedding is, if you have attended either the bride or the groom’s first wedding. Spending a hefty amount on a gift the second time is a little too much to expect. So, if you sincerely explain your inconvenience, your friend will definitely understand.
You are Against Holy Matrimony
Invitations from the ex are sweet gestures, or they seem so to them. But you do not necessarily have to accept that invite and attend the wedding. If you are truly against the holy matrimony, then tell him or her so, and don’t go.
Some More Excuses…
✰ You cannot miss your child’s first soccer match.
✰ The weather was too bad to drive all the way to the venue.
✰ You do not like the guy or the girl your friend is getting married to.
✰ You have to attend a sick relative at the hospital.
✰ You do not have any money to spend on a dress, gift or the travel.
✰ You have to attend another wedding, anniversary, birthday or promotion party on the same day.
✰ You have your dance, music or theater performance on the same day and at the same time.
✰ Your friend is getting married in another country and you’ve lost your passport.
✰ It’s a summer wedding and your skin cannot take too much of sun.
✰ You don’t like theme weddings (if it is a theme wedding) as you’d like to stick to traditions.
✰ You are bored with attending the same old traditional way of getting married and since that is not happening, you have no incentive to attend.
✰ You were on your way to the venue and your car broke down.
✰ You never received the invite.
✰ You forgot to check your mail.
✰ Your forgot to RSVP and then did not go out of courtesy, as you hadn’t replied.
✰ On your way to the venue, you stopped to help a lost kid find his way home.
✰ The long traffic jam convinced you that you were never going to make it in time. Hence, you turned back half-way and went home.
✰ You got pulled over by a cop and the argument finally ended at the cop station and hence you couldn’t make it.
✰ You got stuck at a meeting in the office.
✰ Someone in your family went into labor and you had to rush her to the hospital.
✰ You are still in love with the bride or the groom!
Attending weddings eating the grand food and putting up with the pressure of the wedding party can be stressful and can also take a toll on your health. So, if you want to skip a date here or there, you are totally allowed to. However, you’ve just got to be as genuine as possible while excusing yourself. Hope these reasons are good enough and help you save the day for those things that you actually intend to do!