So I am the youngest of 4 siblings. They've all been married for years and all have kids. Now that it's my turn to get married, I feel like I'm not getting my time. My oldest brother & my only sister live on opposite ends of the country from my - I'm in Minneapolis, my sister lives with her husband and 4 kids in Phoenix, and my brother lives with his wife and 2 kids in Baltimore. Over the weekend, both of them called me to say that they can't afford to all be able to fly home for my wedding...in my sister's case, she'll be coming with just my 2 neices (and then proceeded to ask if one of them could be our flower girl), and in my brother's case, he'll just be coming alone.
I'm super bummed that I won't have all my siblings, their spouses, and my nieces and nephews all together...and it sounds silly, but it would have been the only opportunity I've ever had to have a family picture of all of us together and that's one of the most disappointing parts. I understand that everything adds up money-wise, but it's just really sad to me. When it was just my brother, I thought for sure I could save up enough money to pay for 2 more flights (and one is a lap-child), but then loving FI reminded me we'd have to find them a car, a hotel, food, etc. etc....and now add on my sister's husband and 2 more kids, that's 5 plane tickets, 2 hotel rooms, etc. etc. Bah.