(Closed) Disgruntled parents – FH and I do not want a wedding

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As a parent, I’d like to think my children would want us there to witness such  a milestone in their lives.

It does not matter what their age, your children will always be your children.

I do think you are being a little selfish as I don’t think it’s too much to ask that your parents be included.

Post # 3
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

It’s your day, not your parents day! Do what is right for you! We did the same thing and it was great. It was such a peaceful and beautiful day! I loved every minute of it. 

As far as our parents go: my mother was happy as clam that we wanted to elope. No stress for her daughter and most important – no stress for her. My dad is a man. He didn’t care in any case. When my Mother-In-Law heard about our engagement/ wedding she was like: yeah a party. When my husband said no party she just shrugged and said that we’ll have to find another reason for a party then. FiL didn’t even say anything. I assume he’s just another man 😉 

i loved my mother’s reaction. She was truly happy for us and very supportive. She helped me plan our little elopement, help me decide on flowers and the photographer. She went wedding dress shopping with me and bought my husbands shirt for the wedding. She helped me decide on the style wedding band I want and then enjoyed the pictures of our small big day. For her this day was about me and not about her. 

Sometimes people need a reminder of the latter. It’s not about them it’s about and what makes you happy 

Post # 4
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

If I were a parent I’d probably be a little sad but still supportive of my child’s choices. After all, a wedding is about the couple, not about their parents.

Post # 5
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

Your wedding is about the two of you, not about anyone else. What could be more personal? Do it the way that will make you happy.

Post # 6
763 posts
Busy bee

Since you’re doing a post-wedding reception, then I won’t worry about parents and their reactions as long as both of you are on the same page. Let us know how your small big day go!!

Post # 7
2215 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

As a parent I’d be super disappointed. A wedding isnt just about the two of you but the bringing together of two families. I couldn’t imagine getting married without our families present.

My husbands cousin secretly got married overseas and her parents were disappointed beyond words.

Post # 8
976 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

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missviolet92 :  I agree! The wedding ceremony is about the bringing together of two families and the creation of a new one, 

I agree with a PP who suggested including the parents.

Post # 9
1520 posts
Bumble bee

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littleporkchop7 :  if I was a parent I would be disappointed because a parent doesn’t want to see their child get married. 

But to be honest, at the end of the day it is your wedding. You do what is right for the both of you. Maybe have a very small meal or event soon afterwards?

Post # 10
3649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I would be disappointed if my child did not want to include me in their wedding, but at the same time I would understand that it is their day to craft, not mine. I don’t think weddings are about bringing families together. I think it’s about two people committing their lives to each other and it has nothing to do with their families.

I wanted my family at my wedding for sure and it was very important for me to have them there for that moment, but that’s not the case for everyone and that is fine.

Post # 11
3057 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Weddings are about 2 people. At the end of the day it’s up to you and your fiancé. Your parents should respect your choices. I’m a mom and if my daughter eloped I wouldn’t upset. I would want to take the newlyweds out to toast them. 

Full disclosure: I eloped. My parents and my husband’s parents weren’t surprised his dad even said it was the only way he imagined my husband getting married. (You know your kid)

Post # 13
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My fiance and I are doing something similar next month. We chose to do a private destination wedding with just the two of us as we’d rather spend our money on a nice honeymoon rather than a big party. We invited our parents, but due to the travel costs, they will not be attending. I’m really excited for our wedding, but I’m feeling a bit sad that my parents won’t be there with me. The thought of putting on my wedding dress without my mom present had me in tears on Friday. 

It is what it is at this point. It will be a beautiful ceremony and I’ll have amazing pictures, but I’d give anything to have them there. 

Post # 14
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Oh, they can’t get along but they’re upset that you don’t want to throw a party and invite them all? Odd. 

Its your wedding. I can understand why they are upset, but if you want to have a private wedding then you get a private wedding. 

The only thing I would say is that historically when people eloped they announced it *after* and no one had an opportunity to have an opinion on it. But that ship has kinda sailed. 

Post # 15
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

You aren’t being selfish just by wanting a private wedding. You can do whatever you want for your wedding as long as you pay for it. But you also can’t control how people react… it’s pretty normal for parents to feel sad if their children don’t want them present at their wedding. 

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