(Closed) Engaged, first date postponed, second date cancelled…stay together?

posted 5 years ago in Waiting
Post # 31
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Helper bee

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avintagegrl81:  I’m really nervous for you because this does not sound like a good fit. You’re 34 and definitely want kids, and he’s “not set” on them? So what will happen if you get married and he’s dragging his feet about TTC, or decides that “not set” has become “set against”? Do you 100% want to be a mother, or would you be happy with a childfree life if he ultimately decides against kids?

I would take these canceled weddings and extra time engaged as an opportunity to make sure you really want the same things. Perhaps you two aren’t as much on the same page as you think. 

Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If your relationship can’t withstand the stress of wedding planning (which is nothing compared to real life stressors), then it cannot withstand the stress of marriage and ‘forever’.

I would not be marrying someone who called off the wedding because our sex life and “funsies!” decreased. Marriage and life will hit you in the face like a ton of bricks if you can’t handle this now.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee

I’m sorry honey, but it sounds like you need to move on. You’ve been together for just three years and already had such serious issues in your relationship, and aside from your mother being sick (which I’m very sorry about, that’s awful), it sounds like most of the problems weren’t from external forces. I can understand having ups and downs in a relationship, but if they’re changing your mind about wanting to commit to someone, that points to a more serious incompatibility. Neither of you are so young that you shouldn’t know your own minds by now. If it were me, I wouldn’t wait any longer for things to get better. I’m sorry.

Post # 34
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Worker bee

I think you should straight up ask him if he wants to get married. Put it the way you did, and maybe that will show him how you are viewing the situation: 

“I dont want to wait around forever for him to decide if i am good enough to be his wife or not.”

I think you should allow him time to think about it from your view, don’t rush into breaking up (but dont wait  a year to make that choice either..). 

As for your mom, I hope she can find a therapy or clinical trial that might help her feel better. (If youre in MA, dana farber has tons of trials and support). I am 100% sure your mom would not be happy to see her daughter marry into something she and her husband-to-be are unsure of. No parent wants to leave their child in the hands of someone who can’t support and be there for them forever.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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avintagegrl81:  Sorry, but that statement makes little sense to me.  What does your parent getting sick have to do with getting married?  If you feel like you’re getting rushed into marriage, that means you’re not ready to get married and make a commitment to be with each other through the good and bad, IMO.  I’m not saying he’s not being supportive.  Being supportive is one of things that FH should do, but there’s a lot to it than support.  All I can say is that all I know is that when my dad was sick (he’s in remission now, Thank God), the only thing that kept me going on a lot of days is knowing that I was marrying DH soon and that DH couldn’t wait to get married either. 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

Personally, I was surprised to fin out that you guys are in your 30s. These are the problems of people 10 years younger. It’s not unusual for us to hear about guys in their 20s who don’t quite know when/if they’ll want to get married, but at his age, dragging his feet to actually marry you isn’t cute. It’s not insecure. It’s just plain rude. I agree with PP that he may have been placating you and isn’t actually interested in settling down. The reasons he gave are ridiculous. 

Do some soul searching and ask your self the #1 most important question.

Do you really love him, NEED HIM, and want to spend the rest of your life with him, or could you be just as happy or happier without him? If you don’t feel like you MUST have him in your life to feel complete, that says something.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I worked with a guy in a situation like this. He shared way too much information with us, so we knew what was going on. They had a wedding planned for May 2015. In March 2015, he called it off because he couldn’t deal with her temper. He moved out and all that jazz. He told us at work beforehand that he was calling it off. They reconciled in May and set a new wedding date of November 2015.  In August, he told us he just didn’t think he could do it; nothing had changed. He was all set to break up with her again, and suddenly her mom comes into town and they plan a quickie elopment/DW in Maine for two weeks later. He was trapped basically as she caught on to his unhappiness. He went through with it. They divorced by Christmas.

Sometimes, it just isn’t meant to be. Getting married shouldn’t be the hard part.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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avintagegrl81:  I’m sorry to hear all that.  I think you should have all of that in your life as well, but now I’m pretty convinced that your current Fiance is probably not going to be that person. Why would he postpone the wedding if your mom is so sick?  Doesn’t he know that it will make you so happy to have your mom at your wedding and it will make her feel better knowing that her beloved child has someone to take care and support her.  My dad’s cancer relapsed about one month before my wedding after less than two months in remission.  His doctor, the top in the field, told us that he was that rare one in 1000 cases and basically the best they could do was salvage therapy.   This cancer most likely cannot be cured a second time.  The one cure that they could think was was not a possibility, because my dad was too old and weak to survive that kind of treatment.  They didn’t give a timeline, but basically death was inevitable.  Our wedding did not get postponed.   It’s a freaking miracle that he’s in remission now.  All the doctors are shocked. Sorry, bee, that you’re dealing with all of this, but my two cents is that it doesn’t sound like you’re with the right person.  I’m sorry.         

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee

First of all, I am really sorry to hear about your mom! I’ve lost a parent and from my experience- it won’t matter how hard you try to become happy or work on things with your fiance, when your mother dies it will be a bomb of depression. I was miserable for a very long time. So if your man can’t deal with current-you, how the hell is he going to support you when she dies? It doesn’t sound like he handles pressure/stress well at all, he runs away from it (like he threw away both wedding dates last minute). Life happens, struggle happens, committed people support eachother. How do you think he’s going to act after the wedding, you think he’l magically change because he signed a piece of paper? HA. He’s not committed, he gave you a ring to buy time. Committed means the guy will marry you when/where/however you wants it to happen- at the drop of a dime even- because he just wants to be tied to you forever.

“I don’t want to throw away 3 good years together”— this is a super common reason women stay in bad relationships longer than they should. You think you’ve invested so much money/effort/emotions you don’t want to give up, but you really need to take a step back and see if it’s worth saving. Don’t beat a dead horse!

 

 

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you need therapy in order to “fix things”,  you shouldn’t be marrying. Does he think life is all sunshine and rainbows, just like when you first met? With regard to children and marriage, his actions speak volumes. Don’t listen to his words, truly they are meaningless without action to back them up. I’m afraid I’d be gone, OP. 

 

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