(Closed) Anyone else having to drag their FI along?

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My husband had no interest in the planning but he also didn’t object to my ideas so I can see where that would be frustrating. What does he say when you tell him that his attitude is stressing you out?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

At first FI told me “Do whatever you want, just let me know when we are taste-testing food, and what time I need to be ready the day of the wedding.”

I explained to him that it was his wedding too and that I wanted both of us to have imput on things, so while I am handling almost all of the small details, he did get involved in picking our venue, photographer, dj, and caterer.

If talking to him about this doesn’t help, then you need to figure out what his problem is!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My FI has no interest either but he doesn’t really object to anything so that makes it easier because I get to do exactly what I want!!

Can you ask him if it’s ok if you just plan it without (much) help from him.  I mean I could see where you would ask his opinions on the venue and on the ceremony and the food.  But you don’t need his opinions on colors, flowers, invites, decor, etc.  Can you ask him if he is willing to help you with a set number of things and tell him you will take care of the rest?

Otherwise I’d just end up mad and telling him that we don’t have to get married at all then and there is no wedding since he doesn’t want to help and says NO to everything you do!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My FI isn’t that interested either. He’ll do tasks I give him, but otherwise he’s not fussed about what I decide.

It seems like the problem you have is that he’s got opinions, but he’s not helping implement them. So give him a choice – he can either be helpful and start making some decisions, or he can live with what you decide, and he’s not allowed to complain.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

First, don’t worry about having a six month engagement. I am getting married in 15 days and we will only be engaged for 4.5 months.

In general, men are not interested in planning a wedding. They don’t want to discuss the details. Here’s an option: give him two or three options of your top two or three and let him choose. That way he isn’t boggled down with details.

Don’t worry though, you are not the first and will not be the last bride who’s FH is this way.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Yep, FI has very strong opinions on this wedding but he wont talk about what he wants, and shoots down alot of ideas that I have. I have been trying to get him to do simple tasks that we are supposed to do “together”. Like registry. I showed him at least 100 different patterns of dish sets and all of then were promptly rejected. I know its gets frustrating but I just keep trying.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@leahlou:  Is it possible that when you decided to get married he hadn’t really thought about what the wedding itself entailed…so his original response was simply to say “you do it”.  Then, once he actually saw what you are doing, he realized that he might have an opinion? 

Perhaps you could take a wedding check list out to show him what exactlly planning a wedding entails. That way you could verify what he feels okay with you doing all on your own…versus what he thinks he wants to collaborate on.

Once you have your items marked as “on your own”…don’t include him at all in those things. Collaborate and include him in the items you do have marked for this…but show him the time frame that these are usually done on the list (6 months, 4 monts, 2 months) so he realizes there may not be time to have too much of an opinion.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My FI is very laid back when it’s come to the wedding. The most he told me was to check out a place for the venue, but only because I wouldn’t find it on my own since we’re having it near his hometown. Yeah. That’s about it. He’s not even sure if he wants to do suits or tuxes, who exactly he wants standing up with him, and he doesn’t give a rats butt what centerpieces I decide on… or pretty much anything else.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@leahlou:  Sit down and have a wedding conversation.   Is even ready to set a date?  A lot of times when they don’t want to be involved in the planning except to shoot ideas down, they aren’t quite ready to set the date.

Once you establish that he is ready to set a date and start actually planning the wedding, ask him how involved does he plan on being?  Tell him that if vetos an idea, then it must be for a good reason and he must also provide an alternative.  If he is unable to do both, then that option is still on the table.  The time for procrastinating and complaining is over, if the wedding is going to happen in October, things need to get booked ASAP so he can start being helpful or he can shut the F up.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Tell him you are concerned that he doesn’t actually want to get married on X date because if he does then the two of you need to start making decisions now so you can sign contracts and put down deposits.  If he is still non-committal, tell him you have two options: 1) start planning without him (probably not a good idea); or 2) stop planning altogether (also not a good idea if he is firm on the date.)

Some guys are buttheads about planning weddings.  Sorry you have to deal with one.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have that, and a bag of chips, namely “you care more about wedding than about me” thrown in every now and then from FI.  Here are a few things that have worked: have meetings/conversation times set aside, so it’s not a tag-on to a casual conversation about something else. Only ask about life or death stuff.  If you don’t have a venue, don’t ask about what he wants to wear, it’s irrelevant if there is no date/venue.  He’ll wear pants and shirt, the rest you can figure out closer to the date after you get the major stuff out of the way.

Agree on the budget and main line items, you can’t ask questions without having that done first, i think it’s pretty pointless. Maybe he is dreading the money talk and is subcosciously stalling the whole affair to avoid it? Ask how much he wants to be involved? Maybe he doesn’t want to look at venues at all and you can make that call.  If he wants to be involved on item X then before looking at anything ask him 3-4 must have features (e.g. within budget, outside area with water view for ceremony, driving distance from XYZ, how many guest capacity, etc.), write down your own must haves as well – that way it’s easier to assess the potential options and you have some ammo if he is nonchalant – as in: sweetie it fits 7 out of 8 of our must have criteria, compared to the previous option it’s a much better deal. You get the idea. 

If your FMIL is sane, you can enlist her help on pushing this project along, but it’s a tricky balance- the risk is having your wedding vision hijacked…

 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I haven’t done a ton of wedding planning yet, but what I have done is do almost all of the research and come up with a set of options to present to him. I pretty much looked into every venue on the knot, contacted the ones I was interested it, figured out total costs, which places we could and couldn’t afford and came up with a final 3. 

I knew it would be a headache to drag him to all of this wedding stuff, so I made 3 appointments in one day for venues and we ended up picking our place from that. If I kept asking him every weekend to go somewhere else, he would get sick of it.

Same thing with food – can you study the menu (assuming you don’t have a choice of caterer) and come up with your list of things to try at the tasting, things like that?

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