(Closed) Canceling our wedding *long*

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
4933 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Stop asking her input, plan it how you want. Do not take her money if she was contributing at all. 

This wedding is for you and your husband, not her. Do not discuss details with her. Tell her where and when to show up if you want her to and leave it at that. 

Post # 5
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@sbruin99:  I’m so sorry your families aren’t being supportive of your dream wedding. I totally understand feeling obligated to please everybody, especially if they are contributing to the budget. However, at the end of the day, if you don’t like your wedding, it’s not worth the money. I hate to say cancel the wedding (especially if you will be eating the loss of any down payments), but it sounds like this is going to be more stress and misery than it’s worth. If you’re having physical side effects from the stress they are putting on you, that’s a serious problem. It’s also a problem that you are crying for two weeks straight because you are being forced to hold this event for people who seem never to be satisfied. If I were you, I’m not exactly sure what I would do, partly because I am courteous to a fault sometimes and would probably sacrifice my happiness for that of my parents (NOT a good thing to do, so I’m definitely not saying to do that). If you want to have a small wedding in the mountains with pizza and card games, have a small wedding in the mountains with pizza and card games. Your wedding should be what YOU want. If you can please others along the way, great, but if you can’t, then it’s most important to please yourself. Tell you mother and Future Mother-In-Law that if you don’t start recieving some support in your desires and decisions, that you will be cancelling the traditional wedding and having the event that you feel is best for you. You may be surprised to find out how quickly they shut up. Good luck!

Post # 6
1886 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@sbruin99:  hon, do not take that 5K from your mom, and return it if you already accepted it, since it clearly comes with strings. There is no pleasing everyone and it sounds like no matter how much bending you do, both sets of parents just want more and more of THEIR wants and are never satisfied. You should not have to be miserable at your own wedding day. I think I’d take a step back from talking to family about the wedding, and spend a little more time planning without their input – see how you feel then.  

Post # 8
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@sbruin99:  You know how they say if you try to please everyone then no one is happy? This is one of those cases. It is time to do what you guys want and just plan it on your own. Yes you do need to accomodate guests to ensure it is accessible physically and take into account food restrictions (if you are feeding them) but you do not need to do anything beyond that to accomodate guests. Good luck!

Post # 9
727 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sbruin99:  Oh man, this totally blows.  I feel your pain! 

Darling Husband and I both wanted a small ish wedding.  We just wanted a fun party with our friends and family.  We were naive enough to think that everyone would just be respectful of our choices.  Oops.  We ran into very similar issues with his family in that his mother cried and whined very frequently when she didn’t get her way.  Then she would go out of her way to do things for us to use as leverage when things didn’t go her way.

It was ridiculously stressful.  We both had trouble sleeping, my husband was literally throwing up and shaking from the stress.  We couldn’t wait for the whole mess to be over with.  We tried to go on with the attitude that we can’t let other ruin the day we’re looking forward to, but it was really hard to think that way after a while.  And unfortunately, we both regret having gone through with the wedding.  We did have a fun day, but it wasn’t worth the emotional toll it took.

Everyone will tell you that you will never please all the guests.  And you won’t.  You’ll drive yourself nuts trying.  But at the same time, it’s very frustrating trying to stand your ground while being criticized.

You and your fiance will have to really decide what you both want and what stress you are willing to put up with.  Can you live with complaints and criticisms during the process?  Don’t cancel if it’s something that you are both looking forward to.  But if you’re just going along trying to please everyone else, you may wind up not liking the result either.

Good luck!

Post # 10
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


My heart breaks for you because I understand boew you feel. I am planning a wedding for our families. If I could have it my way we would run away to joshua tree, take maybe 50 people and eat frm taco trucks. I two feel like I don’t have a choice, his mother has five children and he is the baby and no one has kids or is married. My sister has been married twice and both times we were not invited and my dad and sis have good relationship. 

But I am lucky in that both our parents are being pretty chill for the most part. I just can’t stand crowds and we are inviting about 220 people eek. I want to vomit when I think about it. 

You need to do what is best for you. I would say dont consult her or anyone else anymore. If the still give you flack tell them that you decided maybe it is best if you cancel. See what happens. I normally don’t tell people to use threats but in this case you need to get your sanity back and be happy about the special day you are embarking on with your Fiance. 


Good luck. Make sure to update us. I hope it works out. 

Post # 11
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@sbruin99:  This sucks, and as long as you take the 5K from you mom, she is going to want an input. I say don’t take it, plan for the wedding you can afford, which may be a simple wedding in the mountains and playing cards afterwards, and if your mother and Mother-In-Law are too big of unsupprotive jerks to come so be it. You don’t need stress to the point wherre you and your Fiance are both losing weight.

And if and when you do decide not to take the 5k, your mom should stay out of the planning and your Mother-In-Law. It is not their wedding, they shouldn’t have any say, and quit talking about it. Thier opinion is just that-an opinion and to avoid hearing about it, don’t include them.

Sorry they are being pains. That is absolutely no fun.

Post # 12
1226 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sbruin99:  I think you should stand your ground. This is your wedding, not your mother’s. It’s nice of her to give $5000, but that doesn’t mean she gets to run the show. If it was a gift, then she shouldn’t be guilt-tripping out or anything like that….

I don’t think anyone should have to look back at their wedding with regret like that…

If it makes you feel any better, we had a small guest list too; and no, we didn’t invite every single aunt and uncle. We invited the closest and dearest (sorry uncle _____, but I haven’t seen you years and you make no effort to be part of my life, so…).

We didn’t invite every single cousin either – again, just the closest and dearest.

Again, this is your wedding and you shouldn’t be forced to share it with anyone you don’t want to – even uif they are ”family”.


Post # 13
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@sbruin99:  cancel til you can afford to do it the way you want without anyone’s input

Post # 14
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you have no choice but to accept her money, then i think each of you should write out your vision of what the wedding will be like –and more importantly, why— and sit down and iron out some compromises on both sides. Hearing the ‘why’ along with the ‘what’ will possibly open her eyes– or yours– to some very real possibilities. 

for example, I would actually probably side with your mother on the entree choice, as a wedding can be a very long day if you’re hungry, and not increasing the menu selections means a greater chance someone will go hungry, and trust me, after you spend all this time, energy and money, you do not want someone’s first memory of your wedding to be their rumbling stomach.

That is just one detail though and i just wanted to give an example of explaining why you think something is important can go a long way to avoiding conflict.

Post # 15
1226 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You would think that your mother would be concerned about her DAUGHTER’S happiness, not her own or every single guest….

All my mom kept saying is ”I can’t believe my baby is getting married!”

She helped us out too, and left every decision to me……… But everyone is diff.

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