(Closed) Engagement Announcement advice.

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 4
11419 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I do not believe it is your responsibility to share this information with your FI’s family. You are who you are, and there is no need for you to provide any disclaimers about yourself to them.

Your Fiance should evaluate whether or not he believes his family should know this information in advance, and he should act accordingly. 

Best wishes on your engagement! I hope all goes very well with your family visit!

Post # 5
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No, I probably wouldn’t say anything.  Leave that up to your Fiance and he obviously doesn’t feel it is important.  You’re the same person that he’s been telling them about!

However, I would prepare myself for stares/looks of shock, and potentially whispering or inappropriate questions.  Your FIs family has had a picture of you in their head for the last several months, and I can just about guarantee it didn’t include a wheelchair.  It doesn’t mean that they’re terrible people, it just means there will be an adjustment period.

Good luck–I hope the visit goes smoothly!

Post # 6
1715 posts
Bumble bee

He loves you. Thats all that matters and should be all thatr matters to his family. 

It’ll be okay.

Post # 7
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If it eases your anxiety, I would just ask your fiance to let his parents know about your braces/wheelchair ahead of time.  Otherwise the parents will be surprised and will probably ask right away if this is a recent injury or something else– they will have more conerns and questions vs. if they’re assured about it and told right off the bat.  Plus, depending on how they react it could be awkward for everyone involved if they don’t know.  However, once they know, they should have no reason not to be accepting of you! 

Post # 8
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@alittledifferent:  I would ask your fiance to tell them ahead of time.  I’m sure he would be super supportive about it… “I never mentioned it before because it’s such an unimportant detail, like the color of her eyes… I love her exactly how she is…. etc”

But I do think this would be the best way to avoid any awkward surprise on their part, since I’m sure it’s not what they’re picturing.

Congrats on your engagement!  

Post # 9
132 posts
Blushing bee

I personally (from personal experience) think it would be a good idea to say something to his parents beforehand so they don’t say anything inappropriate out of surprise.

My son-in-law has a physical disability – he walks with a very pronounced limp, can’t stand up completely straight and has unusual gait due to nerve damage in his hip from a very bad car accident. My daughter told me about it before I met him so it wasn’t a surprise.

I forgot to mention to a friend who invited them to dinner.  Afterwards, my friend told me “you didn’t tell me he has a disability, I noticed him struggling on the stairs.” I told her what my daughter had said and that it doesn’t cause him any pain. I  forgot to mention it again when he met my parents (her grandparents). My 87 year old dad asked “Is he lame?” (not the politically correct term) as he was worried he had just injured himself. I explained about the accident again and that his disability doesn’t cause any pain.

In both cases, I realized that I forgot to mention it because to me, it’s just a part of him, I understand how your fiancee feels and ultimately, it shouldn’t make a difference.  However, it probably would have been better to mention it in advance, to avoid awkwardness.

Post # 11
228 posts
Helper bee

I understand your fiance’s POV but he should give his family a heads up so that they don’t spend the time they should be getting to know you wondering about your braces/chair. I really hope it goes well. I have a debilitating pain condition that has some affect on my fertility. It hurt a lot to know my FI’s family was counseling him against staying with me because in all the dreams they had for him they never included caring for a disabled partner. We found out that my fertility should be good, which has helped. Also, over time they have seen us together and realized how good we are together, and that while I bring challenges into his life, I am a net positive for him. they have gotten over their reservations and are very supportive of us. 


I really hope everything goes well. If it doesn’t, it will hurt, but don’t get too down. They may come around, though it hurts that they have to.

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