trilobyte wrote:Don't just take it back, have a conversation. If your friend is that cash-strapped and unprepared, they may not really have their heart in going. On your friend's side, this may be something that they're only doing because it seems like such a big deal to you. Let the friend know that if money's tight and their heart's not really into it, you'd be completely cool with them not going, and let them know that you'd be able to find a good home for the ticket.
If your friend insists that they're into it, then I'd say suck it up and wait for your close friend and be there for them as patiently as you can while they get their shit squared away. Remember, it's their first time - they don't even know.
Best advice ^
I understand that sucks but if he's a good friend maybe you can spot him the money if he's good for it? But it sounds like he might not be seeing as you bought everything :/
Your week might be ruined worrying about a ruined friendship not just ruined if he fails to contribute. Just playing devils advocate :/