FI wants to invite his ex

posted 2 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
7750 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t think this is a black & white situation. Every relationship is different, every ex is different, etc. In this case, it sounds like it’s more the principle of it that’s weirding you out than the actual relationship/history your Fiance has with this woman, and that’s fair. So I would mention it to him – not super confrontationally like “I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS” but just something casual like “I noticed [ex’s name] on the guest list – is it a little weird to have an ex at our wedding?” and see how he responds – and just hash it out. Hopefully your Fiance will be really understanding about your feelings and won’t go on the defensive…and you’ll feel a lot better after the convo, whatever the resolution.

Post # 3
3293 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Let him invite her. 

Post # 5
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Elope! Just kidding. 

I would express to him how you feel. And you also have to be true to yourself. If it weirds you out something is there that doesn’t sit right with you. 


Post # 6
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

There are lots of women here who are going to tell you that you’re overreacting or something.

You aren’t. I would feel the same way too honestly.  And your feelings should come before her, remember that.  But calmly tell him that you are not okay with it. Just like tiffanybruiser :  said. Good luck bee! 

Post # 7
1279 posts
Bumble bee

some people are very insecure about their person having a past, while others don’t mind so much… the advice you get here is going to be all over the place.

i think this is an opportunity for you work through whatever weirdness you are feeling, since its clear there is nothing romantic between them anymore and their relationship has been plantonic for probably 10x as long as they were a couple. 

Post # 8
7418 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Remove the fact that they used to date from the scenario. Do you still feel the same way? If so, can you explain why? 

If you can articulate why (she was rude to me on Facebook; I think she still has feelings for my fi; she’s extremely loud when she drinks; something like that) then you may need to set your unease aside. If you ask your fi to do the same thing, you’ll probably get an answer like “she’s genuinely happy for us” or “she’s been a good friend to me since college” or something.  If you’re weirded out just because it goes against social norms and he’s got legit reasons for wanting her there, to me the choice is clear.

Post # 9
3486 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

It’s different for every couple. I invited two exes to my wedding. One of them I would be fine with my Darling Husband saying he’d rather he not be invited, but the other ex is still one of my best friends. He was a must invite and there was zero flexibility on that. And it would not be a matter of putting my friend’s feelings before Darling Husband, as a PP suggested, but it would be about Darling Husband respecting the fact that there was a person in my life whose friendship I deeply valued, and it was important that he also acknowledge MY feelings on that matter.

I think not inviting her just because they dated ages ago seems silly, but that’s just me. it’s certainly worth having a discussion with your Fiance about so you can both share and understand each others feelings on the issue.

Post # 10
588 posts
Busy bee

I think the main thing here is that you haven’t met her! I think this would be a different issue if you knew her. I agree that you will get a mixed response on this page…I, for example, would find it strange because I have never met SO’s ex and don’t fancy the first time we meet to be my wedding day. My sister, on the other hand, is friends with her ex and her husband and him are good friends too. 

Is there a way you could meet her before the wedding? That might help. 

Post # 11
12308 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

There is no right or wrong policy when it comes to maintaining relationships with exes, or a philosophy of leaving the past in the past. What is important, however, is being on the same page. 

Ten years or ten months, if thought of her being there makes you uncomfortable on your wedding day,  that should be enough of a reason for Fiance to take your feelings into account. 

If she doesn’t know you as a couple, I don’t know that  it’s necessary to invite her regardless.

Post # 12
2845 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I personally would not want someone that my Fiance was romantically involved with at my wedding at all. Maybe I’m weird, maybe I’m a bit extreme but it would make me uncomfortable and I don’t want that on my wedding day. I don’t think there is any right or wrong answer here so you will need to discuss it with him. Go about it calmly and hopefully he will respond calmly. 

Post # 13
656 posts
Busy bee

It’d be a no from me. If they’re that close, you probably would have met her at some point during your relationship, even if it’s just a phone or Skype call. My fiance and I both have friends the other has never met in person, but they have had some kind of interaction. 

I’m also very anti meeting exes. What’s the point? My fiance has wanted me to meet exes before, and both times I said “if your dick’s been in her hand, I have no desire to shake it.” He stopped asking after that. 

Personally, I would not ever consider inviting an ex to a wedding, even ones that were a million years ago or that I’ve stayed friendly with. They don’t need an explanation – “you’re my ex and it’s my wedding” is a pretty common sense one. 

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