(Closed) Excluded from Family Wedding Photos while Engaged?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Should a FI be included in family wedding photos while engaged?
    Absolutely! : (58 votes)
    70 %
    No - they aren't family yet! : (7 votes)
    8 %
    Eh...it depends on how long they've been together. : (14 votes)
    17 %
    Other...and I can't wait to share my reason in the comments! : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I included my Future Sister-In-Law – my brother’s fiance – in my wedding photos. I can’t imagine not including her. At the time their wedding was 5 months away. I would also consider including his serious girlfriend but that might vary with the circumstances like you mentioned in your poll choices.

    I’m so glad you can joke about being left out of the photos. That would probably really bother me.

    Post # 4
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I say, absolutely!  Right after my husband and I got engaged, we went to visit my family.  We were having pictures done, and one of my sisters mentioned that my husband shouldn’t be included because “it (wasn’t) official yet.”  It really hurt my feelings!  I think that fiances should be considered family and included in all family activities/events, no matter how long they’ve been engaged. 


    Post # 5
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    this totally sounds like something my FI’s family would do.  They just aren’t thoughtful people and don’t have a strong sense of family and making people feel included.  My family treats Fiance as a soon.  Meanwhile FI’s family is just thoughtless when it comes to family stuff.  Right before we were engaged, FI’s sister had a baby.  So on one weekend the whole family was going to drive to SF were the sister lives.  No one even thought to invite me or the other sibling’s boyfriend of TEN YEARS.  In my family it wouldn’t even have been a question.

    Post # 6
    538 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I think it’s weird to not include you in any. I think I’d like one with just my immediate family and then of course some with my brother’s girlfriend and my sister’s soon to be husband. I’d want a mix of both, but I know these people will be family so I definitely want them included in family photos, but I also think my mom would like a photo with just her kids. I also think my fi should have photos with just his family no in laws, but then have photos that include in laws too (or future in laws).

    If that makes sense?

    Post # 8
    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would want a mix of pictures both with and without you, if that makes sense.

    Post # 9
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think you have a great attitude, I know others who would have been really upset about being left out. In my opinion, since *fiances* are basically just waiting for their turn to join the family, they should be in the pictures too. Like you said, you only would have been missing the cut by X number of weeks. Boyfriends and girlfriends though? I think they can stand to the side, as it might be a little weird for them to be in your pictures 20 years from now if they were just a passing relationship. Of course there’s always exceptions!

    Post # 10
    275 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We included my Future Sister-In-Law.  They got engaged in March and our wedding was in May.  I never even thought not to include her.  I think its a “to each their own” scenario. 

    Post # 11
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    It would bother me, too, but it kind of depends. I think if it’s bridal party only kinda stuff, then no, no big deal. But that’s if family’s not coming along (as was the case when my husdband’s sister got married). For bp only, I only say thi i have a friend (she’s engaged) and her fiance’s sister got marrried. My friend was upset she didn’t get to go in the limo, too (but she wouldn’t even be in pics), but it was a “bridal party only” kind of thing, and if everyone else got to include a date/SO there wouldn’t be room.

    But i think to be left out of the all-inclkusive family portraits? Whoa. You’re not family “yet” but you shoudl still be considered family. That woulda stung way too much in my book and I might’ve smacked my SO for saying that. That’s not cool =(

    We had some that were just me, hubs, his mom, his sister, and not her husband or child. The photographers try to get a mix of it all. But to exclude you in all of theM? all? Poopy


    Post # 12
    2641 posts
    Sugar bee

    Unless there’s a really twisted scenario behind the couple (like no one thinks they’ll actually get married, or they’ve been engaged for 3 years and have no plans on setting a date) I think a Fiance should be included.  If a spouse was included in the photos, it still doesn’t gaurantee that that couple won’t end up splitting.  I just don’t think you can make the cut off as whether or not you’re officially married.  (If you’re engaged and actively planning, I think that’s enough due diligence.

    Post # 13
    815 posts
    Busy bee

    I put other–include them in some, not all.  It’s nice to have a mix, even if it doesn’t make sense.  But I agree that a future spouse should be in the pics. 

    Post # 14
    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I think you should have been included, especially with only 3 months to go! I think FI’s should be included in at least some of the family photos unless it’s something weird where the couple got engaged within a week of meeting and/or maybe if it’s the family’s first time meeting you.

    I would even include BF’s/GF’s that had been together a really long time. For example, I have uncles on each side of my family that had both been dating women for 8-10 years before they ever got married. Sometimes people just become family after a certain amount of time even if they’re not officially married.

    Post # 15
    50 posts
    Worker bee

    hobochic.. what your Fiance said sounds exactly like something my guy would say.. typical guy eh! a little clueless sometimes haha

    about this topic though: fiances should totally be included in family photos. the couple made the commitment to get married! if the relationship is clearly serious and long-lasting, they’re family and should be included as such.

    Post # 16
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Darling Husband and I were engaged for 2 years (dated for 2 years before that).  Every year, my family takes a Christmas picture.  Year 1 he wasn’t in it, Year 2 he was.  It wasn’t that they didn’t think of him as family in year 1, it just didn’t feel as official well over a year and a half from our wedding.  And I wasn’t in any of his family pics, either.  So I think it’s really up to the family.

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