I just received a wedding invitation from an old friend who finally found her “beshert” (a really terrific guy!) after many years of dating and searching. Soon after the couple got engaged, I bought a dress to wear to their wedding. I was excited to attend this very special occasion.
The simchah, however, takes place about a month from now. To be frank, I think it would be reckless for me (or anyone, really) to attend.
I can’t say much more about the situation without identifying myself…What should I do? How can I decline in a way that doesn’t break the bride’s (or my) heart?