I know there are lots of posts about uninvited guests and guests invited by parents, but I'm so frustrated by this that I really just need to vent.
My parents are paying for the reception venue + catering, FI and I are covering the rest. We agreed on a number of guests based on what my parents could afford. Guest list has been set, save the dates have been mailed, invitation proofs get approved tomorrow. All good so far.
Last night I got a message from a couple who are friends with my brother. My bro lives out of state and these are people he met in his current location. I've met them twice; perfectly decent humans, but 100% his friends. My parents went to visit my bro last month and were at a dinner this couple also attended. My mom, being excited MOB, started talking about the wedding. Couple says, "that sounds like so much fun. Wish we could go." My dad says he's paying, so they can. I found all of this out last night when I got a FB message from this woman saying they had invited themselves to the wedding and she hoped it was okay. I called my parents to discuss and was told it's their money and the decision has been made that they get added.
I have agreed to every person they have requested up until now. We are at max capacity per budget. If my dad wants to go over, that's on him, but it breaks my heart that there are people I have on my "wish I could if money allowed" list who won't get to attend, but this couple can because, as my parents admitted, "we were caught up in the moment, but what's done is done."
Just had to get that off my chest. Back to the crying now.