I'm after some help in wording a rejection to an invite to my brother's wedding. He has invited my partner and myself and not my 12 month old son. The wedding is a 5hr drive from our place and is an all day wedding, starting at 10am.
I have only ever left my son with my Mum and she passed away in June and he has never been left with anyone since. He recently spent a week in hospital with a rare virus which nearly killed him. This has made us even more cautious about leaving him with others. The few people we would trust to look after him they will all be attending the wedding.
My partner and I know it will cause HUGE problems in the family by not going but we just don't think it's right not to invite him and not right for us to leave him with a complete stranger for a whole day. We are just going to send a polite rejection to their invite and wait for the *** to hit the fan so to speak.
This is the wording I have come up with so, would love some help in refining it.
Dear sister in law & brother,
Thank you for the lovely invite to your wedding.
As Declan has unfortunately not been invited we are unable to attend. Declan has never been left with anyone other than Mum and after nearly losing him recently we do not feel comfortable with leaving him with others, especially not strangers. We hope you understand.
Best wishes for your special day and may it be full of wonderful memories.