(Closed) Dress shopping with FMIL

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My Future Mother-In-Law refused to go with me, so I can’t really offer any advice based on my experience.  Try to be as optimistic as possible because it could turn out to be a good experience.  I’d have a couple “jokes” or something in case she’s out of line. You know something that’s funny but gets your point across… like if she says “I wouldn’t wear a dress like that” be like “not about you” lol… I’m going to guess that she knows how important this day is, and she’ll be quiet or be supportive.


Good luck!

Post # 5
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

Take a deep breath and remember that it’s only PART of your dress shopping experience.  She may be over the top and hate something, but if there’s something you think you might love, make an appointment to come back to the shop later with a less critical crowd. 

Good luck – I know it’s rough, but it’s one day, and it’ll make your man very happy that you tried!

Post # 6
46590 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is a technique that I was taught a few years ago when I worked in ER.

Picture yourself with a veil that completely covers you-from the top of your head to the floor (a  particularly appropriate visual here on the Bee)

Nothing can penetrate that veil. Not any barbs, or criticisms or complaints from your Future Mother-In-Law.

Just plaster a smile on your face and you will get through the day.

Post # 7
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve invited my Future Mother-In-Law shopping with me and she is making the four hour trip down here to go with me/my mom! We’ll have to meet back up and compare notes. We’re supposed to go shopping the 22nd!

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