Airline Offers Free Vacation to Bridesmaid Who was Axed from Friend’s Wedding
Some girls say that becoming a bridesmaid to a friend’s wedding is one of the marks of true friendship. But if you don’t get picked as bridesmaid or, worse, get axed from the list, does that mean the end of your friendship?
Well, such happened to one girl whose story went viral after she received a rather sweet offer from an airline when her friend axed her from the bridesmaids’ list – and asked her to send her bridesmaid jumpsuit so another woman could fill in her place. Ouch.
Courtney Duffy, a student at Ivy League school Dartmouth College, was one of the bridesmaids to her friend Alex’s wedding. She had already booked flights to and from the wedding destination when she received an email from the bride-to-be that she had been scratched out of the bridesmaids’ list because she was too busy in school.
In what many netizens believe was a passive-aggressive note, Alex asked Courtney to relinquish her duties as bridesmaid and send back the outfit, telling her she seemed too busy with her studies to attend to her bridesmaid duties.
The letter read:
Hey! I’m so glad to hear you booked flights! I’m sorry classes are taking such a long time to sort out. I know how hard you’re working to be here for the wedding and it means so much to us! I have a massive favor to ask you, though — and this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to ask anyone — but I need to ask you to relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid.
Come to the wedding, have a fabulous time, and travel in the time you need to without stressing about anything else!
When I asked you, I was really hoping that you could be a part of this whole thing — the bachelorette trip, at least the weekend, prep and the full night of the event (a Sunday night flight means you won’t even be able to be there for the whole wedding) … the whirlwind nature of what your travel has become just won’t work with the duties as a party member.
I’m so, so sorry!! Please don’t feel you’re letting me down, I am asking you to do this. I love you and value your friendship so much and I fully understand the need for you to prioritize school! I want you to be able to focus on that without also worrying about any extra wedding worries.
And I know this is incredibly awkward, but there is a possibility that I might be able to have someone else step into the role and assume the duties. Could you please mail the jumpsuit to me? I’ll Venmo you the postage and the cost of the jumpsuit — just let me know the total. I know everyone is looking forward to seeing you there! I know I am! And if you’d like to chat on the phone, let me know! I promise we’re totally cool!
All my love, Alex
Hurt by the rejection, especially because she paid for the tickets out of her own pocket, Courtney decided she wouldn’t attend the wedding even as guest. She immediately emailed Jet Blue Airways, asking for a refund.
The airline’s response was rather surprising. Aside from offering Courtney a full refund, the airline also promised to pay for a girls’ weekend, should the two patch things up in the future. Sweet gesture, eh?