(Closed) Anyone else dealing with a divorcing sibling while planning their own wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Family
Post # 3
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It sounds like she is trying to be present and help you however she can to me.  I know that when i went through a divorce, any kind of distraction would help.  Rather than calling it a wedding crafting party, just say it’s a girls get-together.  Pour some wine, share some stories, it might help for her to open up some, even if it’s anti-marriage.  In any case, it sounds like she is trying her best and it’s nice that you’re not smothering her in your wedding, I’m sure there’s a middle ground and it may help her to have the distraction and to feel useful in something.  Just from my own experience though.  Good luck!

Post # 4
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m sorry you’re dealing with such a tough situation. Not that my situation is identical, but my Future Mother-In-Law is currently beginning her divorce from her second husband. She is always certain to make sure both of us are aware of that and has shown absolutely no enthusiasm toward any of the wedding planning (refused to attend bridal fairs, tastings, etc. with us).

We’re both very upset about the situation, however, we finally decided that we haven’t done anything wrong – she’s making the choice to remove herself.

If I were in the same situation, I would try to find a few friends and other female family members who would be willing to help with DIY projects and other things you need help with on your to-do list. I know that isn’t the ideal situation, but it might be easier to have willing volunteers rather than your sister who is currently experiencing a very emotional and unstable time in her life.

 Good Luck and i hope you’re able to still enjoy your planning period. 

Post # 6
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Ms. Guava-Tini, I am sorry that you are going through this situation too! My sister (MOH) had her divorce finalized last week from her cheating and abusing husband. Her and her two adorable children have gone through so much during this relationship and in some ways continue to go through it. Because my sister is all wrapped up in her situation she has not had any interest in helping out my Mom and I with our wedding.

She knows we want her to help but she makes excuses like we didn’t invite her to help… I wish she would show some interest to get her mind off of things. I know it will take time for her to heal but I hope she does come around. We love her to death and want nothing more than for her to be included!

You are right! We have to be strong for them and for ourselves!!

Post # 7
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I may be asking a dumb question, but have you assumed that she doesn’t want much to do with your wedding or did she tell you that?  My sister is really pregnant (7mos now, 8.75 at the wedding) and exhausted all the time (also has a 2 yr old).   II had assumed that she wouldn’t be that involved.  But she’s throwing me a tea party this weekend and has done tons of stuff.

I know that her going through a divorce is different b/c the issues are emotional rather than physical, but you sound really close.  and you mentioned that she’s really happy for you and wants to support you.  Maybe you’ve already done so, but if not, just ask what she does/does not want to be involved in.  You may be surprised…she is your sister after all.

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