(Closed) Do I have to make FSIL a bridesmaid?

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Should I make her a BM?
    Yes : (5 votes)
    17 %
    No : (20 votes)
    69 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I asked my Future Sister-In-Law to be a bridesmaid but she is 34 🙂  I think that because she is young it shouldn’t be an issue.  I think 14 is a suitable age for a junior bridesmaid though..

    Post # 4
    105 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    You are under no obligations to make anyone a bridesmaid, and reading your reasons for not picking her solidify the fact that it’ll be extremely difficult for her to participate in the way you want. Can you honor her in another way, maybe with a reading or something?

    Post # 5
    775 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    You do not have to make her one of your Bridesmaid or Best Man if you don’t want to.  I would ask FH what he wants though.  My FH is having my brother be a Groomsmen even though he never had met him but he knew I wanted him standing up with us. 

    Maybe you could have them do a different job?

    Post # 6
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If you don’t ask her to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man is there something you can do to involve her? Why aren’t you asking your sister? (just curious)  I think the immediate family should be included in the wedding unless there are issues. 

    Post # 7
    495 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’d mostly say no, but DON’T give her some pity job like guestbook attendant unless you absolutely know she will love it. I’ve had that done to me, and I wasn’t very happy. I would’ve prefered to have just been a guest.

    Post # 8
    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    If your own sister isn’t a Bridesmaid or Best Man, then it would be strange if your FSILs were BMs. 


    Post # 9
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think if you were making your sister a bm that it would be a nice gesture to also ask your Future Sister-In-Law, but you said your sister is not going to be a bm, so I don’t think you have to ask her. 

    As for your other “cons”… I don’t know if they are valid reasons to not make her a bm. I had bm that were states away from me but they still helped out when they could. The only valid reason that I see is that you aren’t making your sister a bm.  The money issue, the bachelorette party issue, the distance issue, the helping out issue are things that can be adjusted for her circumstance. 

    Oh, also, what does your Fiance think? Does he think it would be nice to include his sister in the wedding party.


    Post # 11
    521 posts
    Busy bee

    I think it is more up to your FH than you to be honest :/ there is no reason why you and your 3 friends can’t go to a club to celebrate your wedding without her, and if he wants her in the wedding that is REALLY much more important than any of the reasons you listed in my opinion. I was a Jr bridesmaid at 14 and I was just honored to be in it, maybe she’ll feel the same way?

    I have 3 brothers and they are all in it because of me even though they are guys, and I would be really sad if they weren’t included because my Fiance didn’t want them. I am also having his sister because I would love to get closer to his family, she seems amazing! But she also lives hours away and won’t be able to attend many of the bridesmaid-y events.

    Weddings are really a short period of time, but pictures and memories within family last for the rest of your life.

    Post # 13
    8375 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    My own sister won’t be a Bridesmaid or Best Man

    That would make me say no, make your own sister a Bridesmaid or Best Man over her. If your Fiance wants her in your wedding, she can stand on his side. Your sisters take precedence, IMO, when you’re talking about “your” side versus “his” side.

    The 14 year old could be a junior bridesmaid.

    Post # 14
    521 posts
    Busy bee

    OH, I got confused… yeah… I would say that is too old for a JR Bridesmaid. I think you have to talk to your Fiance and see how important having her stand up for him is and how close they are.

    If they aren’t close, no biggie! If they are, I think you have to respect his wishes and only include her in the pre-wedding parties when you WANT her there. Maybe have a tame Bachelorette party with her and then go off with your girls for the real party later?

    Sorry that’s a toughy.

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