(Closed) FMIL doesn’t think her wedding day attire is important

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I wonder if mone is the issue here? Is she embarrassed to go shopping with you because she does not have the money to buy a new, fancy dress? Maybe you could get Fiance to talk to his fatehr about wearing a tux and gettign his measurements taken at he rental shop? If money is not hte concern, I think the tux nudge from Fiance to his dad would also get Future Mother-In-Law to realize everyone will be in formal attire and maybe she’ll reconsider shopping with you. Could it also be that she prefers to shope alone for body consious or other reasons? AMybe you have different taste and she would prefer to pick out a dress alone? Just throwing some ideas out there.

Post # 4
7694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


Maybe you could find some inexpensive dresses online that you think would be awesome on her, and show her?  (Maybe pic a variety of styles, so that she would feel comfortable with at least one.  And let her know that you will be taking family pictures that you’d like to display in your home, that she’d like to display in her home too.  (And how many times does she and her husband get dressed up to take awesome pictures-that they and their kids would like to have).

Post # 5
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am going through almost the same thing with my Future Mother-In-Law. She was shocked when I told her Future Father-In-Law needed to get fitted for a tux even if he wasn’t a Groomsmen. Fiance asked his father to stand with him which I thought was very sweet, but Future Father-In-Law has had several strokes recently so he may not physically be up to it. Her dress is something her sister bought for her and she asked if I thought it was too fancy. Her idea of fancy and mine are very different. If anything I think it will be on the plainer side. She is wearing one of my wedding colors but I had no problem with that.

Maybe instead of offering to go shopping with her just ask her what she is looking for and maybe find something in an affordable price range.

Post # 7
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SweetRose2011: Are they under any financial strain lately? It’s entirely possible.

Have you also said any of this to her? That you feel she’s important too? Maybe that’s the best place to start. Tell her that she does matter to you, and you want her to feel as important as she is.

Post # 8
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@SweetRose2011: if she has gained weight she may be feeling insecure and doesn’t want to go shopping since she thinks it will be a reminder that her body has changed. My mother is very insecure about a few issues and while she did go shopping she changed her mind about a million times on what she was going to wear. I thought my mom looked BEAUTIFUL on my wedding day but I know that she isn’t very confident. It sounds like your Future Mother-In-Law may be feeling similiar.

I would tell her how much you love and appreciate her and how you want her to feel like a million bucks on the day of the wedding since that is how she has made you feel for the past few years. I would ask he when she has available for a girls day: make a few wedding appointments, run a few wedding errands, have some lunch, and take her shopping. I would let her know the plan before hand so she doesn’t feel like you tricked her into shopping but do a few other things as well so it is less pressure on her.

Post # 9
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SweetRose2011: I would also make a fun day out of it.. Maybe take her to lunch or something and find a dress for her to feel comfortable with and in.


Post # 10
46 posts

@SweetRose2011:  As the MOG this has been my biggest “fear” – looking absolutely awful for my son’s wedding!  My FDIL’s mom has this gorgeous dress, she’s very pretty, does her hair, makeup, etc.


I’m a country bumpkin so to speak!  Favorite clothing?  Sweatpants and t-shirts those $5.00/pair sweats you buy at Christmas time at Walmart!  However, most days, since I telecommute – I am sitting here in pj’s!  We live out in the country, waaaay out in the country.  I don’t wear makeup, *gasp* even when we go out!!  My hair – hell, my husband just trims the back of it, and I just pull it into a ponytail or bun in the back.

And, I’m also overweight – fat if I admit it.  (though I’ve lost some, not as much as I wanted in time for the wedding).  I’m terribly insecure about how I will look at the wedding. 

My FDIL is the BEST!  She said whatever I wear will be great.  She even picked out some flattering loose-fitting formalish pantsuits.  When I emailed her and told her how I was feeling so bad about how I would look, she emailed me back with the kindest, sweetest letter, gave me tears! 

I finally found this dress (link & photo below) – it came in the mail, I was sooo nervous about trying it on, but it fits perfectly, and as old as I am, I almost feel like a “princess”!  *silly, I know*.   I think if you let her know that you would like to spend the day with her, make it a lunch date, don’t push – but also keep your prices down low, money CAN be a big factor.  Try and address her fears if you can.  But on the other hand, if she doesn’t dress up – just remember, her clothes are *not* what is important.

My MOG Dress:  (here’s a funny, I said to my FDIL, I feel like a chocolate cupcake, dye my hair blond, and I’d be a fat fluffy cupcake with buttercream frosting!!)






Post # 11
4371 posts
Honey bee

Maybe she just doesn’t want to take the attention away from you, by saying what she wear isn’t important. Or it could be a money issue as someone else had said?

Post # 12
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My mother is NOT someone who dresses up often, if ever.  Since we don’t live in the same area, my grandma and aunt treated her to a girls’ day and helped her select an AWESOME dress.  It may definitely be a self-esteem thing–it was for my mom, especially because of her weight.  I highly recommend Dress Barn, of all places–any location my mom or I have gone to have great, helpful sales ladies, and their sizing…well, let’s just say it helped my mom feel good about herself!  Their prices are pretty reasonable, too.

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