Post # 1
We’re getting married Oct. 12th. People who got wedding invitations have been asking me about when my shower is, as the bride – I have not a clue. My future mother in law from the begining (over a year ago) has started “please let the girls know I will help in anyway I can. Have them reach out to me” and from the get go, they have had contact info for EVERYONE.
FI reached out a couple days ago to my sister asking about shower info. He wants to make sure the day is free for me and to give his mother some kind of info as she has yet to hear anything. Come to find, they have yet to sit down and go over anything.
The girls were able to meet yesterday and go over things. Due to summer vacations, jobs, life things – they came up with 2 dates. 1 was a week before the wedding and the other during Labor Day weekend. Mother in-law is beyond upset and now I’m in the middle. Mother in-law said she knows the owner of a local place and they can do a nice lunch at a fabulous price (they will decorate, set up, throw in a cake, etc). She has even offered to pay for everything. She does not want it the week before the wedding and frankly, neither do I (we’ll have too many last minute wedding things to handle) and my bach’ party is the weekend before. But the girls are having a fit because “its labor day weekend” – they can all make it as they all have the day open, “buuttttttttt it’s labor day weeeekkkeeennndddd.” Fiance said a morning breakfast/brunch could be done at the place so that everyone could leave by the afternoon and still enjoy the long weekend if they needed to. They were still annoyed by the date and stated that if it didn’t work out, they could hold it AFTER the wedding???!!!
My mother in law is upset that now everything is last minute and its “all on her” when she thought, as did I, that they were able to take care of this like they had planned the bach’ party months ago.
I feel like crap
My one bridesmaid got married in Septemeber of last year and we had her shower in July. My other girls have been in weddings before, attended showers…
Post # 3
Can they pick another date where maybe just one of them won’t be able to attend?
It’s hard to find dates when everyone is available.
Post # 4
@LettiBug: My shower will be 5 days before the wedding. Is it ideal? Maybe not, but that is the only time that worked given my family has to travel from out of state. It will only be about 2 hours and it will be a nice respite from planning and prepping.
You have plenty of time between now and the wedding to prepare, I would suggest going for the week before the wedding. You can spend the two hours enjoying other people’s company and spending time with family. You don’t have to do anything for the shower, so it wouldn’t be any extra tasks. It would just be a matter if other people can make it.
Otherwise, you may have to do what the other PP said and host it when one person may not be able to attend.
Post # 5
The thing is, they can all do the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. They just complained that “it is Labor Day weekend”.
Post # 6
iduno, that stinks…… i would probably just have it the weekend before my wedding b/c i wouldnt have wanted to make my bridesmaids plan/come to my shower if they didn’t want to. the other option is to just have your MIL plan it for the weekend you want and either they show up or they don’t.
Post # 7
@LettiBug: Well, it sucks, but they may want to go out of town or spend the weekend with family. Some people only get a few long weekends a year and like to do special things then.
Can you have it on a week night at some point in the next few months? I find it hard to believe there are only 2 dates between now and October that could work.
Post # 8
@LettiBug: I find it hard to believe that from now until Mid-Oct there are only 2 dates that work for the bridesmaids????
I have to agree that labor day weekend is not ideal since most of your guests will most likely have plans for the weekend (if they are anything like my family and social circle).
I realize that as the bride, many people feel that you shouldn’t have a say or help plan your shower, but I think I’d intervene in this situation. I would tell the BMs and FMIL that you are going to meet for coffee on XX date and hash out every possible date for this shower. If there is a date that works for most but maybe not all then go with it.
TBH, I would not be happy with those two dates picked by the BMs but I would actually pick the week before over Labor day.
Post # 9
I realize that this is not what you want to hear… but you are not entitled to a shower, and your bridesmaids are not obligated to throw you one. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a job title.
I don’t mean to be snarky, but consider this perspective: you are complaining about their whining “butttttt it’s Laborrrr Dayyyyy weekendddd…”; meanwhile, you are whining, “they aren’t planning a party for me to be the center of attention and get extra presentssss…”
Let your FMIL plan it if that’s what she wants to do (and on whatever date), and if one of your bridesmaids can’t make it due to a pre-planned obligation, oh well.
Post # 10
Not all the maids need to attend. Find a date that works best for the majority and have it then.
Post # 11
@FutureMrsLAL: not for anything, but I’m sure THESE girls had showers planned for them. And the FMIL is OFFERING TO PAY. So they really don’t have to do anything but show up, since it seems like MIL is willing to do it as well. I just don’t get why they waited so long to plan this. It’s kind of ridiculous in my opinion, because these girls wouldn’t like to be treated that way.
And I’m sorry but I completely disagree with everyone who says that all bridesmaids have to do is show up and wear a dress. if that’s all that they have to do then what’s the point of being bridesmaid? Just be a guest.
Post # 12
Why not have 2 showers. Have the one on Labor Day for your family and friends, and then let your FMIL throw you one for her side of the family and friends on a date that is convenient for her.
Post # 13
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If MIL is willing and able to do it, I would let her plan it (hopefully for a day most of them can attend) – and just say that she REALLY wanted to do this for you. and that it was very important to HER. that way, you’re not so much in the middle of it.
Post # 14
Not all the BMs have to attend. I say choose another weekend tht works for the majority. They’re being ridiculous about the Labor Day thing!
Post # 15
not for anything, but I’m sure THESE girls had showers planned for them. I don’t get why this is relevant? And the FMIL is OFFERING TO PAY. So they really don’t have to do anything but show up, since it seems like MIL is willing to do it as well. That’s what I’m saying… let the MIL do it because she’s the one who wants to anyway. I just don’t get why they waited so long to plan this. Because they obviously did not want to. It’s kind of ridiculous in my opinion, because these girls wouldn’t like to be treated that way. And I’m sorry but I completely disagree with everyone who says that all bridesmaids have to do is show up and wear a dress. if that’s all that they have to do then what’s the point of being bridesmaid? Just be a guest. That’s unfortunate you see it that way — the point of having a bridesmaid is to honor and recognize those family/friends who have been very significant in your life. When you set expectations as a bride that you are entitled to all these “extras”, you set yourself up for situations like this.
Post # 16
@FutureMrsLAL: the reason why it’s relevant is because they are being crappy friends. I never thought when I was asked to be a bridesmaid, oh gee all I have to do is show up and wear a dress. Sorry, but when you are asked to be a bridesmaids there are certain things you are expected to do once you accept that offer.
And it’s not being entitled. It’s realistic expectations. I’ve never heard of bridesmaids not throwing a bridal shower. Or just showing up and doing nothing else.