(Closed) Bridesmaid driving me nuts/how do you explain marriage to single friends

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
476 posts
Helper bee

Well I agree with your friend… What else is going to change aside from your name? If you’re not currently living with your Fiance then there will certainly be changes, but if you’re already living together then there’s not going to be any difference.

Post # 3
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Gademers:  What is that you think will change?

If you are already living together, chances are that until you have children, if that is in your plans, very little will change, except how you think about things. 

You will still get up, go to work, go to the gym, eat meals, have a shower, sleep etc. The rest of your life goes on after marriage too.

Post # 4
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Gademers:  You’re so right! The birds will begin to sing louder, the sun will always be shining on you and your husband, and your diamond ring will shine brighter each and every day now that you are a wife!!!

No. You are having a bridezilla moment. Also, it’s clear that your friend wanted to make a point that things won’t be very different and the two of you will still be great friends. She certainly wasn’t “belittling your marriage” by making a point that you two will still be friends. 

Have a nice glass of wine. 

Post # 5
794 posts
Busy bee

Gademers:  honestly I think you’re trivializing her because she’s not married. “Oh, you just don’t understand how super special life gets when you’re getting married.” Life is pretty much the same after the wedding. The love between you and your partner doesn’t magically become more powerful, the world doesn’t miraculously become better, and you don’t become a different person. Mellow out and if it bothers you, stop talking about your wedding (even of handed comments like countdowns) with your poor unmarried friends who just couldn’t possibly understand. 

In short: call the army, bridezilla’s in town. Take a chill pill. 

Post # 6
4243 posts
Honey bee

Really? She’s driving you nuts because of this? You need to relax, lady.

You don’t need to “explain” marriage to single friends. They aren’t children, I think they understand how it works. Your comment to her was kind of rude. Please don’t turn into one of those condescending married people.

Post # 7
1 posts

I have a friend who has no clue about the dynamics of marriage.  She makes fun of us all for calling our spouses during the day and caring about their preferences.  Over the years, we’ve all just gotten used to it, except for one male friend who just got married.  She sent him a joking (but suggestive) e-mail that his wife found.  They had a relationship a long time ago, but she ended it and has never looked back. Now they just joke around.  This led to her losing the friend for the forseeable future per his wife’s edict.  Now she’s very humble and respectful of people who choose to marry, even though she admittedly will never be the type to di it herself (too independent and multiple psychological issues.)

Post # 9
605 posts
Busy bee

Indeed, after I got married, people would ask me how it feels. My response was that I tended to forget that I was married – since I did not even change my name, life was exactly the same as before. 

Post # 10
11619 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Gademers: you just tried to explain that you think it will change you because you’ll be having kids, but this is what you wrote that you said to her,   “I mentioned how all our lives we’re starting to go in different directions and how soon (36 days) I would be a wife.”

That does sound like the minute you ” be a wife” things will be different. It also sounds a tad condescending and judgmental. I’m sure you’re super excited, but I caution you against lording this ” elevated status” ( that is what your words inferred) over your single friends, unless you don’t want single friends any more. Its not really kind to tell your Bridesmaid or Best Man thst in 36 days the friendship will basically be over because your lives are going in different directions 🙂

Post # 11
1985 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t know what changed. But something did when I got married. I feel like I don’t see my single friends as often. And when I need advice I gravitate towards married women because, well, they’ve been there. But other things have changed too. I care about DH’s opinion in everything, because we are one now. It’s not that I didn’t care about his opinion before, because I did, but it’s a different dynamic now. That doesn’t mean you don’t maintain your friendships with unmarried/single friends. But for some reason I feel like it’s a lot harder. My best friend is single and I don’t think I have actually spent some one on one time with her in 6 months or more. I mean I still see her every sunday and wednesday because we go to church together. But, even then, I tend to gravitate towards conversations with married women. It’s something that I want to work on. We still text a lot and we send each other a TON of innapropriate pins on Pinterest. hehe. But, we haven’t had a girls night in a while.

Getting married does change things. I don’t think it’s fair to yourself or your friends for denying that.

Post # 13
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Gademers:  I think people are are reading to much into your comment. I know what you mean. Things do change a little after marriage. Priorities become a little different and now bills, expensive become one. Time becomes less with friends sometimes because of each others family functions you need to attend for each other. Obviously your single friends are going to be able to do anything they wants without having to check in with anyone. Like go traveling. I’m not saying you won’t be able to go on a girls night out or a weekend trip but when you’re married, you do have to plan it out instead of being spontaneous. And if planning a family after marriage, your mindset and properties are a little different from someone who is single. So life does change after marriage and people do go different directions in life, but doesn”t mean you stop being friends with someone. I’m sure she didn’t mean life changes the instant you say “I do.” 

Post # 14
1985 posts
Buzzing bee

Gademers:  Your marriage is absolutely what you and your Fiance make it! Just remember that. 🙂

Post # 15
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Those big life changes will cause you to see each other less only if you let it.  Our big group of friends has people in different life stages.  Some are completely single, some have boyfriends and girlfriends, some married with kids and some married without kids.  We still all hang out together pretty often and always have things to talk about, which includes sharing parts of our lives which are all in different stages.  Honestly the biggest change for me that came to seeing people less was when I graduated university and we all went our separate ways, which often meant moving far apart. Your bridesmaid wasn’t ignoring or belittling your marriage, she was just pointing out that your lives won’t move indifferent directions unless you cause them to

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