(Closed) Family picking member for groom's party?!

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We need a bit more information. How old are the niece and nephew? Do you have any other nieces and nephews? Or if they are adults, do you have brothers/sisters in the bridal party?

I’m guessing they’re both young and the niece is a flower girl. I’m also guessing the nephew’s parents have been complaining to your parents: “Why is their child in the wedding but not ours?”. Personally, if he is a young boy, I say suck it up and make him a ring bearer, because he doesn’t need to interact with your Fiance much (or at all). Flower girls and ring bearers aren’t really part of the bridal party in that sense. But it is most inappropriate for him as an adult to be demanding to be a groomsman.

My parents (mostly) paid and weren’t pushy at all. They did make some guest list requests, which we compromised on. Like I said, I think a ring bearer is a fairly small compromise.

In my experience: It is common for young nieces and nephews to be flower girls or ring bearers. It is uncommon to have them as bridesmaids/groomsmen, because they don’t tend to be among the bride’s/groom’s closest friends. (Even if they are adults, usually other family members tend to be closer to the bride/groom).

Post # 4
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

A bridal party should be made up of people that are close to the bride/groom.  I don’t really get why your parents would expect the nephew to be included.  Being that the average age of a bride is about 27 last I checked, I don’t think including nephews as a groomsman is any kind of “tradition” since most wouldn’t have adult nieces/nephews.


Post # 5
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

On the first issues, I think just because your nephew is a boy doesn’t mean the he there for your Fi party. The wedding party should be people important to you guys from both of your lives. For example my twin borther is a groomsman. While he gets along great with my Fi, we are long distance so they havent spent that much time together and don’t have a deep relationship. So while he is techinally a groomsman he in the wedding party for me.Personally I think you and your Fi are being kind of petty, if you truly had no reason for wanting him in the wedding party it would be one thing. But standing on it because of “respect” I think its a flimsy reason and you guys should pick your battles wisely so your wedding doesn’t become one big giant fight. I do think your Dad was out of line

Second Since you mentioned if money is part of the factor, when mom and dad are writing checks it means having to bend a little more then you normally would if you guys were writing the checks. I would hope your parents aren’t holding the money above your head or provding too much strings.

I would sit down and address these issues, then decided can you live with the conditions set for the money? If you can’t then perhaps it’s best to say no thank you to them.


Post # 7
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Bhotel21:  Could you maybe include him on your side?  In the UK we have ushers which are usually one person from the bride’s side, and one from the groom’s side.  They are usually at the door greting guests that are arriving and directing them to their seats.

Post # 8
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Bhotel21:  What the… I really did not expect that. Well that’s messed up on their part. He is an ADULT. He doesn’t need mommy and daddy (or aunty and uncle) begging to be in the bridal party. If he thinks he should be in the bridal party, he should ask Fiance himself. (Which by the way would be rude too, but at least it would show they have a relationship).

I would dig my heels in on this, Offer to compromise in other areas perhaps, but your parents are being ridiculous. As the poster above says, usher might be a good compromise. But spell it out to your parents: the groomsmen are the guys closest to the groom, they are the ones who get ready with him on the day and support him on the day (just like the bridesmaids with you). Having an in-law member he hardly knows makes no sense. Even if the niece is his sister it makes no sense – I’ve been to lots and lots and lots of weddings where a girl is a Bridesmaid or Best Man and her brother is not a Groomsmen,

Post # 10
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Heck no, I wouldn’t give in to that. It would be one thing if we were talking about a kid to be used as ring-bearer, but a grown man trying to be forced into the grooms side of the wedding party, NO! 

I don’t at all think you are being petty or silly, this is your FI’s decision, it would be unfair to force him to exclude someone he is actually close to just so your nephew can be something.

How about offering for your nephew to be an usher or do a reading.

Post # 11
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My nephew is an easy going guy.  He probably has no idea my parents are trying to force him into the groom’s party

Why don’t you call your nephew up and explain to him the situation (say you love him but it’s not your place to force your Fiance to include someone he doesn’t know on his side or somthing to that effect). If he’s reasonable maybe he can call up your parents and tell them that he doesn’t even want to be in the wedding party? Or you can tell your parents after you talk to him. That way you can tell your parents that he doesn’t even want to be in the party!

Post # 12
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


If you want to be the one in control, pay for the wedding yourself. Otherwise, just let it go.

Post # 13
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@TwoCityBride:  +1

@Sugarpug2012:  +1

Sorry OP, but in my opinion, if you are not paying for the wedding, then you are going to have to acquiesce to some of the things your parents want in the wedding. You should find out what is going to be required before you go ahead and take money from your parents. If there are things you can’t compromise on then you should start thinking about footing your own bill.

I like the idea of trying to compromise by having him as an usher. I would look into that if I were you.

Post # 14
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013


@Bhotel21:   I agree with some of the other bees. If you aren’t paying for the wedding, you should probably suck it up and let your nephew be in the wedding party. Making him an usher would be a perfect way to include him and make your parents happy without forcing your groom to make him a groomsman.

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