(Closed) Avoiding Future Sister-In-Law drama

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
12 posts

Why don’t you let her wear a different dress that she feels more comfortable in, in the same color as the other Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses? I would really reconsider demoting her from bridesmaid over this issue…..that is just cold. 

Post # 3
1632 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t think you’re going back on your offer when she has basically refused to order the dress. I mean, the other BM’s have already ordered theirs, are you suppose to just change it on them at the last second?

I’m curious, did you ask your Future Sister-In-Law to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man around the same time you asked the others, or did you sort of tack her on after the dresses were already decided on? And did you ask all the BM’s their thoughts on the prospective dress? I guess ultimately it doesn’t matter even though it’s nice to do, because it is your wedding and it’s pretty well settled that you get to pick the dress as long as it’s within the budget your BM’s can handle. Will it look absolutely absurd and embarrassing on your Future Sister-In-Law, or is she just being really insecure about her body?

I had to wear a dress for a wedding that I thought was terrible for my body type. But oh well, I wore it.

Post # 4
3606 posts
Sugar bee

Is your dress actually difficult to pull off for anyone who isn’t tall and/or thin? Like super short, backless, form-fitting, or strapless…you know what I mean. If so, let her wear a fairly similar, more flattering style in a the same color. If not, and she’s just putting off ordering it in the hopes of losing weight, that’s what a seamstress is for. I don’t think you should actively demote her, but make sure she knows the latest date by which she can order the dress and still have it arrive in time for alterations. If she doesn’t order it, she’s not a Bridesmaid or Best Man by default.

Post # 5
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I picked the color and fabic for the dresses from David Bridal and my girls picked the style. As long as it was the color and fabic I was good. I would suggest you do the same. 

Post # 6
411 posts
Helper bee

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legallybrunette72:  Don’t ask her to cut the cake, please.  Thats a JOB, if she doesn’t want to get the dress, she’ll just have to be a guest.  Let her choose –wear the dress or be a guest.

Oooh, that should a poster in a dress shop, lol.

Good luck, this is a tough one, but I’m of a mindset of not letting people pushing their views on your event.

Post # 7
411 posts
Helper bee

And in all honesty if I were to have a wedding now it would be with bridesmaids in tones of a color in an approved dress of their choice…meaning I’d have to ok it, but they could choose it.  But I believe brides should have their vision

Post # 8
4727 posts
Honey bee

My SIL asked me to be a bridesmaid and then picked the worst dress for my body type even though I was in the best shape of my life at the time. And she picked it despite my input (before final selection and ordering). I sucked it up and ordered it. But, frankly, I would have been thrilled if she had let me out of my obligation. Maybe she would be too. 

I would give her options and tell her you just want her to be comfortable and really enjoy the day. Then offer to order the dress immediately, order a different shape dress in the same material (if that is an option), or let her enjoy the day as a guest and do a reading. 

This is the reason I only have a maid of honor and let her pick her dress (subject to my veto power). Deep down, none of my friends want to wear matchy matchy dresses that will only suit some of them.

Post # 9
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

There needed to be more clear communication, and more follow up in the mean time.  She said she didn’t like it and wouldn’t feel comfortable, and hoped you would reconsider.  You didn’t, but didn’t seem to tell her that reconsidering was 100% off the table.  Neither of you seemed to check in with the other which is on both of you. 

I agree with PP that the best solution would have been to get something similar from the same line that flattered her better.  If that is still an option, I would look into it.

If it’s not, you need to have a heart to heart.  Take her to lunch/dinner on your dime, and hash it all out.  The only way to salvage this is communication. 

Post # 10
1292 posts
Bumble bee

Did you ask her opinion on the dress, or just told her to order it? Why can’t she just wear a similar one in the same color? I don’t understand basically kicking someone out of your wedding party over ap iece of clothing. 

By The Way – no one wants to be asked to cut the cake. That’s not an honor, it’s a job for the catering company you are presumably paying.

Post # 11
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Do not give her another ‘job’ jfc.

You should have gotten all BMs buy in on a dress before forcing them to wear it. You say you don’t want her to be uncomfortable, then why can’t she wear a different dress in the same colour/fabric?

At the end of the day, if she doesn’t get the dress, you can ask her to just be a guest. However if you don’t want to drive a wedge as you say, you’d be better off letting her wear a different dress.

Post # 12
272 posts
Helper bee

She kind of made the choice to be removed from the bridal party on her own. You told her the timeline and she didn’t purchase the dress in time. Maybe this is her way of trying to get out of it – so she might be relieved if/when you tell her.

I’m curious why she feels she’s too heavy to wear the dress. Is it really revealing? Super short?

Post # 13
3 posts
  • Wedding: November 2017

I don’t think it was fair for anyone to start ordering bridesmaid dresses before all bridesmaids and bride were happy with the dress. If she’s that uncomfortable in the dress then you should definetley let her order another shaped dress in the same colour.

Maybe speak to her and ask her in a nice way if she’d prefer to do that, and you’ll know by her reaction if actually she would be more comfortable being a guest.

Post # 14
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

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legallybrunette72:  My sister did the same thing, she didn’t like the dress etc. so I let her get a dress in the same color but different style and it looked just fine. Hopefully she can find something in the same material and color and she may have to rush order it if your wedding is coming up soon but I would leave it up to her and if she wants to back out let her.

Post # 15
1832 posts
Buzzing bee

I also don’t think it was fair that ther other two get to go pick out a dress (and they are thin) and the Future Sister-In-Law is told what she will wear.  WHY was she not in on the selection?  I’m a size 18 and I can promise you any dress that looks great on a size 4 or 6 or 8 looks like shit on me.

Seems like you let the others choose what they wanted to wear so you should let her too. It doesn’t matter if it is uniform.   You did not treat her with the same respect you treated the other 2 bridesmaids.


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