(Closed) FMIL causing issues

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
484 posts
Helper bee

While I think its great that you want to keep things even, I don’t think you can force your Future Mother-In-Law to include people she doesn’t want there. Now, if your FH wants them there that’s another story. I would definitely ask his sister for her guest list and then go over it with your FH. After you’ve done that, sit down with your Future Mother-In-Law and talk it out.

No one is going to know that his great Aunt wasn’t invited. I promise. Everyone’s family is different so I am sure your family will understand when his guest list doesn’t mirror yours exactly.

Good luck!

(also, just to give you some perspective. Our guest list is 75% MY family/parents friends b/c my parents are paying for the reception and we just happen to have a larger family/know more people than my FHs)

Post # 4
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

In the same boat. Nearly 50% of our guest list is my FI’s family. The rest is split up between my family and my Fiance and I’s friends. Maybe 5% is my family. Literally my mom, dad, and my aunt. Yeah. People are always telling me it should be more split evenly, but it’s not really feasible. This is also mostly why my parents are not paying. They don’t want to pay for all of HIS family. I can’t blame ’em.

Anyways, I forced my parents to give me an invite list, even though we knew they would never make the trip. I told my dad it was the PROPER thing to do, and it was etiquette to let them know we were getting married. It’s rude (in my opinion) to not let your family know this just b/c they live far away. Well, that convinced dad. Sure enough, i sent out invites and they all sent back "no" rsvps, but well wishes. 

we did get the entire invite list from my FI’s sister’s wedding 3 years ago. Copy/paste/send. But i made my Fi look it over and make sure all those people were legit. 

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree that while it’s nice to try to make things exactly even, the guest list really doesn’t have to exactly match.  For example, it made sense for my Fi to invite his great aunt, her daughter, and her sons.  He didn’t invite any of his cousins, though.  It made more sense for me to invite all of my cousins and their kids instead.  Different families have different relationships.  My family on my dad’s side is really close, not so much on my mom’s side.  My Fi’s dad’s family is much closer (but also much farther away) than his mom’s side.

Instead of waiting around for your Future Mother-In-Law, could you ask your Fi for the list instead?  The guest list should be made up of people BOTH of you want there, anyway, so I think it makes sense to ask him who he wants to see instead of his mother.  This might not work out if you Future Mother-In-Law gets mad at who is eventually invited, but it might be worth a shot.  Good luck and keep us posted!

Post # 7
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Unless there is some other constriant I am not recognizing, why is it up to your Future Mother-In-Law to decide who comes to the wedding from your FIs side? 

I would ask your Fiance who he think is important to have there, and then ask the Future Mother-In-Law for those addresses.  I can see where you Future Mother-In-Law wouldn’t want to get involved in family drama, but maybe she is making a large deal over something that doesn’t even invovle your Fiance, so I would let him decide who he wants there.

Post # 8
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Out guest list consisted of about 120 of my relatives from my mother’s side of the family, exactly 0 from my father’s side of the family, about 12 of my husband’s relatives, and about 60 of our friends.  I can understand you wanting to keep things even, but frankly just being related to someone is not enough reason to invite them to your wedding in some families.  And it might not be enough reason for them to attend – or they might show up only to make trouble of some kind.  Every family is different.  My father hasn’t spoken to his siblings in over ten years – and while obviously that’s not an ideal situation, it’s really not my place to fix that problem.  Inviting them to my wedding would just have caused my dad a lot of mental anguish – because he doesn’t want to see them!

On my husband’s side of the family, they just aren’t close (as near as I can tell).  They don’t write or call each other, or even send Christmas cards.  We finally invited a few of his cousins, at his request, but his mother actually had no guest list at all (a little like your FMIL).  The tricky thing here is to figure out (and here is where your Fiance comes in) whether your Future Mother-In-Law has no guest list because she has some kind of serious hate relationship with her family, or whether she just doesn’t think they will be interested.  If it’s the former, I would suggest that you just back away carefully, and plan to fill FI’s side of the church with friends, and look at it as an opportunity for some of your family to sit closer to the front of the church!  If she just doesn’t think they’ll be interested, then figure out who your Fiance would ideally like to have come, and invite only them.  Do make sure that you run that list by his mom – tell her that your Fiance proposes to invite these family members – and then let him and his mom work out any issues that come up between the two of them.

Trust me, this kind of thing is going to go on throughout your marriage, and even if the way your husband’s family relates in a way that seems really weird to you, you can’t change them and probably shouldn’t try.  My husband’s family would barely bother to put each other out if they were on fire – certainly not if it involved getting up off the couch.  They almost never even pick up the phone to talk to each other.  I talk to my sister and my mom almost every day, and my dad several times a week, and we do things with them all the time.  The thing is, it’s not just that my husband’s family doesn’t spend time together – it’s more that they don’t actually enjoy each other’s company (at best) and actively don’t get along (at worst).  While it would be nice if that wasn’t true, they have spent years working up to their current level of disfunctionality, and there is really nothing that can be done about that unless they want to do it.

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