OP is a 28-year-old woman. She has been dating her 29-year-old boyfriend for 8 months.
A Festive First Meeting
Over a recent weekend, OP and her boyfriend attended the wedding of two of his friends in Scotland. Since OP and her BF live in southern England, it was going to be the first time she met the bride or groom.
A Long Time Coming
Originally scheduled for 2020, the wedding was postponed due to COVID, then postponed again due to a death in the groom’s family. Finally, nearly 3 years late, the ceremony was going to happen.
His Situation Was Different
When the original invite was sent out, OP’s boyfriend was dating someone else. He RSVP’d with a plus one – his previous girlfriend. The bride and groom were fine with that.
They Needed to Save Money
When the bride and groom set a new date, they just texted or emailed their guest list with the updated details, instead of sending out another round of formal invitations. Like most young couples, they needed to keep costs as low as possible.
She Was Happy to Go
Assuming he was still in line for his plus one, OP’s boyfriend asked her to attend the wedding with him. She was excited to go and looked forward to meeting his friends.
But She Wasn’t Welcome
But at the pre-wedding reception, the bride was shocked to see that OP’s boyfriend had brought a date.
The bride explained that the plus one had been approved when he was dating his ex, and she just assumed he would be alone since he broke up with his previous girlfriend.
They Felt Awful
Feeling terrible about the misunderstanding, OP and her boyfriend walked away, but they overheard the bride panicking about the lack of seats and food.
She even broke down crying in a corner, thinking her wedding was ruined, while her maid of honor tried to provide some comfort.
She Had a Solution
The groom assured OP and her boyfriend that everything was fine but seemed uncomfortable with the situation.
She Claimed a Work Emergency
To ease the tension, OP pretended to receive an urgent call and then claimed a work emergency had popped up, using that as an excuse to leave the wedding.
A Sigh of Relief
OP apologized to the bride and groom for the misunderstanding and wished them well. With her guest list now back under control, the bride managed to stop crying and tell OP that it had been nice to meet her.
She Admitted It
OP returned home as planned, and her boyfriend stayed for the wedding. When he also returned home, on Monday, he asked her how the work emergency turned out. OP admitted lying to help relieve the stress on the bride.
He Was Not Happy
Rather than being thankful for her sacrifice, though, OP’s boyfriend got super angry with her!
It Left a Negative Impression of Her
He was hurt that OP left him alone all weekend, and he was upset that their friends thought she prioritized work over the wedding. He said they were all left with a negative impression of her.
She Thought She Was Helping
OP believed her actions helped diffuse a tough situation and saved a lot of stress for the wedding party.
She chose to fake a work emergency instead of a family emergency so her boyfriend wouldn’t be obligated to head home with her.
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