(Closed) Did anyone try to “take over” your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@yassim: Very common…extremely common. Whether it’s SILs, MILs, parents, siblings, friends, bridesmaids. Don’t feel alone, we’ve been there.

Post # 4
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

oh so so so common. let just say 3 out of my 5 bridesmaids felt this way, had a few friends. people dont know how to not make it about them. it stinks. but you will be fine. most of the time they feel pretty awful afterwards, so just dont freak out at them and all will be well!

Post # 5
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

Apparently this is a very common occurance.  I have yet to really have to deal with it, and I don’t think I will as interest in my wedding is kinda low among both families.  I think everyone is just depending on me to make the whole thing come to life.  But, all of my engaged friends complain about their parents and in-laws invading their wedding and trying to take over.  In these situations you have to be firm.  I think that is why I don’t have to deal with this.  I’ve been very concrete and clear about what I want for my wedding day.  I don’t force anyone to become involved in my planning, because I know that if I do, they will become too involved.  I’m not a fan of too many cooks in the kitchen. 

Post # 6
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My sister has gone ballistic, repeatedly, over not being allowed to a) be in charge of Bridesmaid or Best Man jewelry b) have a master list of contact info for BMs c) plan my bachelorette party d) plan my wedding shower.

I put a lot of restrictions in place because she has a history of throwing tantrums/getting irrational and violent and I don’t want to deal with that leading up to the wedding, but yeah. The fact that she’s not in control of it is a big source of friction.

Post # 7
1473 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yep. My sister/MOH, my aunt, my grandmother even my grandfather! Especially if you are the first to get married in a family, like I am. It’s annoying and irritating but I have never been one to keep my feelings to myself, so I set it all straight as soon as I could. I must say it has worked…for the most part.

If you and your Fiance are doing most of the planning (flowers, favors, menu that sort of thing) then do it and tell no one about what you chose so then they aren’t able to give you their input or try to chnage your mind! Luckily, my mother is my best friend and we are in this one together haha!

Post # 8
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had only been engaged a bit over a month the first time my mom exclaimed “It’s MY wedding too!”  SMH

Post # 9
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yup, My sister! I know it is because she wants everything to be perfect, but i think since she didnt get a real wedding it is hard for her to think about what i want, she thinks more about what she wants. Its more with the other plans (bridal shower – the theme was a Royal Tea Party which is not me. she changed it to a Mad Hatter Tea Party finally after our dad had to talk to her, bachlorette party – im not a drinker or bar hopper nor am i a club person and that is what she want to do… NOT FUN FOR ME AT ALL) not so much the wedding, but we will see when we get closer if that changes. And she always brings up etiquette!!! I dont care about etiquette, THERE is no book that says “You have to do this at a wedding!!!” and if there is I dont really care!

Post # 10
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

Constantly. Aunts, mother, and most recently my sister who informed me she was making the day of timeline for my wedding…uh no, I think I want to be in charge of what I will be doing on my wedding day.

Post # 11
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


If it wasn’t a keg party where all her family was invited and then people, “any people”, were entitled to come to the “after party” (reception), complete with dollar dance…then it wasn’t her “type” of wedding.

We didn’t give in to her.

OP, you shouldn’t feel pressured to give in either! (But we don’t know your story yet)

Post # 12
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I haven’t had anyone do that. Maybe you should set up a poll like “who tried to take over your wedding? nobody, mom, sister, aunt, Mother-In-Law, SIL, grandma, dad, brother, etc.”

Post # 13
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

My wedding wasn’t my wedding…it was my mother’s. Enough said! 

Post # 15
11243 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@yassim: It’s normal, I think most people get it.

Post # 16
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup, my Mother-In-Law tried to take over my wedding. Even on my wedding day she decorated with things she knew I hated!

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