(Closed) Bridesmaid Dissed my Mom … Should I kick her out? (long)

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Ask her to step down…she seems unable to do her Bridesmaid or Best Man duties.  She shouldn’t have made you cry!

Post # 4
2867 posts
Sugar bee

My suggestion is to go out for coffee and ask her if she feels overwhelmed, and then calmly explain to her that maybe it would be best if she steped down.

Post # 5
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That’s pretty terrible.  I get frustrated with my mom sometimes, but if anyone was rude to her like that, we’d be DONE!  So I totally get where you’re coming from.  I think if you decide to kick her out, keep in mind that you likely won’t stay friends after this, so you will be completely ending the friendship, not just the wedding duties.  Also, I would do it ASAP since she planned the shower.  Unless your mom and other BMs take over you might have to cancel it.

I’m sorry this happened!  Poor you and your mom!  🙁

Post # 6
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would talk to her about the shower, just to make sure she isn’t overwhelmed right now. I personally do think that going to someone’s work over a shower invitation is a little extreme. If your mom was calling or texting when she was working maybe she really was busy.

Post # 7
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, your Maid/Matron of Honor was really rude to your mom. If a friend of mine treated my mom like that I would tell my friend where to go. Your mom showed up b/c it’s your wedding shower and your Maid/Matron of Honor didn’t do what she told her she was going to do multiple times. Also your mom tried communicating with your Maid/Matron of Honor via phone/text with no response so I think she was in the right to try to contact her in person. Your Maid/Matron of Honor sounds like she wants a way out considering she said ‘maybe she couldn’t be a part of any of this’ and hasn’t done the things she said she would. It’s rude of her to think invites can go out to Out of Town guests and even in town guests for a shower in less than 2 weeks, people have to make plans! I’d say tell your Maid/Matron of Honor that you aren’t going to talk to your mom b/c you think Maid/Matron of Honor was in the wrong and that if she feels she needs to step down that is fine but once she’s out, she’s out.

Post # 8
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

dude. woah. sounds like shes got personal issues shes dealing with. is this normal behavior for her?

VERY. not. COOL. for her stressing you and your mom out like that. not cool. BMs are supposed to help eliviate stress not add to it. boo. double boo.

if its a friendship you want to salvage, talk to her in a sitdown face to face and find out what is going on really (this is so not about the shower or your mom. there is bound to be something more there). if you dont, keep steppin and tell her not to let the door hit her where the good Lord split her.

Post # 9
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow.  Sounds like your Maid/Matron of Honor is pretty stressed out right now and feeling really threatened by your mom and you.  Sounds like she treated your mom pretty badly,which isnt fair, but it might be helpful to also look at where she’s coming from. The wedding is most important to you and your mom, and while your Maid/Matron of Honor might be happy to share in the festivities, she might also have other things going on in her life. Maybe your mom could have thrown the shower herself instead of going over to your MOH’s work and calling/texting non-stop which seems like it really put your Maid/Matron of Honor on the defensive (which probably would offend most people).  Not sure what you should do..but I would try to look at this from all sides. 

Post # 10
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I can understand having some tension about getting the invites out in time, but it sounds like it all happened really fast (work appearance on Tuesday, bridesmaid blow-up on Wednesday? Thursday?), and from the BM’s perspective, she may feel very pressured and hounded by your mom. From your BM’s perspective, I would be SUPER embarrassed to have to say to my boss or to a customer, “Oh, that woman who just came in and talked to me is my friend’s mom, I’m throwing her a wedding shower, blah blah blah.” It’s just not professional. Of course, it’s not right for her to have blown up like that about your mom.

I would say, talk to your friend about all this. Explain how close you are to your mom, that it hurt to hear her talk about her like that. Then ask your friend how she’s feeling. I’m betting she’s having some big time management issues, and whether it’s from too much to do or procrastination, I don’t know. If she’s not the type who usually lashes out like that, seems like there might be some issues going on in her life. Don’t ask her to step down unless you really feel like your relationship with her is compromised. Just recommend that she take a much smaller responsibility in any future events connected with the wedding.

Post # 11
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ok, so I’m going to play devil’s advocate here…and I’m going to be honest…your mom showed up at her WORK?  The first thing that comes to mind is…PSYCHO!  Not to say this about your mom personally, but I am bad at returning emails/calls sometimes too, and yet I still check my facebook too, and that is NOT a good reason to be stalked, followed, or approached at your place of work.

I understand why she’s upset, and personally, I would have stepped down as your Maid/Matron of Honor too.  If you and/or your mom are type A, then you/your mom should have planned this whole thing but there was a civilized way to figure this out before letting it get this far.  I can see your mom’s p.o.v. too and why she’s upset that she was ignored for so long, but still I think she owed you Maid/Matron of Honor an apology for approaching her at work, and she owed your mom one for her flakiness.

Post # 12
494 posts
Helper bee

I am a little confused. I don’t see where your Maid/Matron of Honor was rude to your mom. Yes, she vented to you about your moms actions but its sounds like she was civil to your mom directly. I would have to say if my friends mom showed up at my work without my permisson, I would be ticked. And then to come to my apartment too. That would upset me. It also sounds like this all happened in a short period of time. Your Maid/Matron of Honor may have a different time frame then you do. She does still have her own life to live. It sounds like most people already know your bridal shower is May 1st so maybe she didnt feel sending the invites out super early was important. Did your Maid/Matron of Honor ever say that she was in trouble of not pulling off the shower? Or was it just an assumption? I think there was a little bit of jumping the gun here and not enough faith in a person you know enough to have as your Maid/Matron of Honor. I would be offended if I was the Maid/Matron of Honor.

Post # 13
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, not OK that your mom went to your MOH’s house AND her workplace! Your mom needs to back off. You guys need to take a few deep breaths and think about how important this really is.

Post # 14
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Well, I see both sides to this…

On the one hand, those shower invitations should have gone out at the beginning of April.  For her to take over the shower planning, refuse help from others, say several times that she would mail the invites and then just not do it is incredibly flaky and unfair to you and the guests.  Plus, she was rude to your mom and put you in an unfair position by complaining/bitching about your mom to you….Definitely not good.

I do think your mom should not have gone to her work/apt without letting her know, since she could get in trouble for that from her employer. That might have been overstepping her boundaries a bit, although from your explanation, it makes sense what she did it.

I think you should try to fix things and not kick her out of your wedding party, that’s pretty much going to effectively end the friendship.  If that’s what you want, then ask her to step down but if you still hope to maintain a good relationship with this girl, then don’t ask her to step down…

But I do think you need to talk to her, tell her how you’re feeling, listen to how she was feeling, what her thoughts on the situation were and try to resolve it (maybe both sides need to apologize?) 

Good luck and I’m sorry you’re stressed and got put in the middle of this, and it sucks to have such a negative beginning to the planning of an awesome event like your shower 🙁

Post # 15
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

OK, yes your friend should’ve called your mom back. I do agree with that. However, mom showing up to friend’s workplace and home would probably make me angry, too. In fact, I’d be livid!

Why didn’t your mom ask you to get ahold of your friend before marching down to her work and confronting her? That’s really unprofessional AND embarassing. Totally not appropriate so I can see why Bridesmaid or Best Man didn’t call your mom back right away–she was steaming! And personally, I’m of the type that if I say i’m gonna do something, I do it. Having somebody hound me is just irritating. Although I don’t know why a text wasn’t out of order. Because even if you are super busy and don’t want to call late at night, you can always send a quick message and say you mailed them off. However, I think we all know that we forget to return calls and things slip away from us on occassion.

Now, i got the impression she didn’t blow up AT your mom, but blew up at you about it, is that right? Because if they didn’t actually have a brawl about it, hopefully they can just say it was all a miscommunication and move on.


Post # 16
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It sounds like your bridesmaid is overwhelmed with other things right now… or she just doesn’t see the shower as being as much of a priority as you and your mom do.  If someone’s mom kept hounding me about getting invites out, I’d probably keep telling them I’d mail them the next day to, whether or not they were ready to go out.

And I’m sorry, but I side with your bridesmaid.  I would be absolutely LIVID if someone’s mom showed up at my office to confront me about invitations to what is essentially a party.  Yes, I know it’s your bridal shower and whatnot, but in the big picture here, it’s just a party.  And if someone’s mom showed up at my place of work – in front of my coworkers and boss – you can bet I would be on the phone to them, and I would be mad.

I don’t think you should ask her to not be in the wedding unless you’re willing to lose a friend over this.  Step back and look at it from the outside and really make sure this is something losing a friend over.  It’s just a party, it’s just one day, and presumably you’ve been friends for much longer than that.  But I also think it’s fair at this point to call your bridesmaid and tell her the other girls are feeling left out of the planning process, and since nothing’s been done yet, they’re meeting at whatever time to get the ball rolling and she’s welcome to join them.  I know your mom wants to be involved, but she shouldn’t be planning your shower anyway.

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