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One of my friends from high school is getting married early next year.
Her wedding is midweek, in the afternoon and it’s my husband’s first day back at work. He is management and cannot ask to leave early on that day as he is in charge of the new staff.

Anyway, the issue I have is that by then I will have 4 kids (aged 6mths – 9yrs), two of which are high needs and don’t actually like people outside our family, so having a baby sitter would be stressful for them. Plus it’s too much to expect anybody to watch four children, even without special needs in the mix.

We really aren’t close, only see each other once every few years, and I feel we don’t have anything in common anymore. She has recently had a falling out with friends from high school that she was really close with, so I feel like she is really depending on me to be there.

So how would you say you can’t attend without coming across as finding excuses?


Posted anonymously, 19th April 2022


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  • Honesty is always the best policy and kids always come first. I’m sure she will understand. Maybe send a nice gift wishing them all the best instead.


  • Just let her know that as much as you would love to attend, unfortunately due to certain circumstances and other commitments you can not go.
    If you feel really bad about it. Catch up with her before the wedding for coffee and then again after to hear all about her day.

    Another suggestion, could you go to just the ceremony?


  • I wouldn’t stress about it too much, I’m sure she will have plenty of other friends and family to make her day special.


  • If you guys really aren’t close then it shouldn’t matter too much.
    Can’t you just RSVP no without a reason? Something like, sadly we are unable to attend but can’t wait to see the photos!


  • Be honest.
    Express regret, but if you really can’t go, you really can’t go. If she’s a good friend, she will understand (hopefully).
    Unless you can leave your kids with family members you trust, you might not have another option.


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