(Closed) FMIL's email just put me in an awkward position (long)

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What would you do in this situation?
    Ask FSIL to be a bridesmaid via the public email chain : (0 votes)
    Contact FSIL directly and ask if she's interested : (14 votes)
    20 %
    Get FI to contact FSIL and ask if she's interested : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Just don't respond to the email (no one else has) : (17 votes)
    25 %
    Wait until FSIL responds to email (could be days!) : (6 votes)
    9 %
    Respond and say you have your BM's picked out but FSIL can be a reader? : (20 votes)
    29 %
    Something else, see comments : (7 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think you’ll have to ask her and hope she says no.

    Post # 4
    435 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    OMG! So annoying! I’m so sorry that happened to you. I’ve had a somewhat similar situation happen to me so I can empathize. It is so unimportant but it is SO frustrating and, what’s worse, it’s AWKWARD!

    Since your Future Sister-In-Law is a lot older, she’s probably mature enough to understand that the assumption was wrong and that you want your friends as BMs. I think asking her to be a reader would be a beautiful gesture and a nice way to tell her that your Future Mother-In-Law made a mistake and that you don’t want her to be one of you Bridesmaid or Best Man (without saying those words). I doubt she’ll take offense! Good luck and don’t worry about it!! In one year, no one will even remember this email or this situation. I mean, but really, come on Future Mother-In-Law, think a little before you CC people, ANNOYING!

    Post # 5
    7679 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You definitely do not need to ask her to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man just because of something Future Mother-In-Law did!

    I think you either do nothing, or you or Fiance privately conact Future Sister-In-Law and say no offence but she won’t be a Bridesmaid or Best Man, because there are other girls you’ve known much longer.

    Giving her a reading is a nice alternative: I did that at my brother’s wedding.

    Post # 6
    7679 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Actually I think I have a better idea: Fiance contacts his mother and tells her off, saying something like, “Why on earth did you put that in the email? Don’t you know that tradition is I pick the GMs and the bride picks the BMs! Now, thanks to you, my sister is going to get her hopes up for no reason!”

    ETA: that should be “my sister in law” not “my sister”

    Post # 7
    1860 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @FutureMRS3lastnames:  +1

    I think you might need to try to get to Future Sister-In-Law before this goes any further. Just tell her you already had your near/dear/close friends in mind for bridesmaids. And yes, you could offer to have her read (or maybe make her a personal attendant??).

    Post # 8
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t agree at all with the assumption, the choice should be fully yours on bridesmaids.

    But I do have a bridesmaid that is about 20 years older than I am. I get along better with older people, always have, and I definately didn’t want to leave her out.

    Post # 9
    129 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    You can say that you have your BM’s picked out already, but dont say “but Future Sister-In-Law can be a reader!” It would probably go over a lot better if you say something like “I was actually hoping Future Sister-In-Law could be a reader/I was going to ask Future Sister-In-Law if she wanted to be a reader”.

    Unless Future Mother-In-Law is usually a controlling person or if she steps out of her bounds often, having Fiance contact her and tell her off will just make things very awkward.  

    Edit: Youre not obligated to ask her. Dont ask and hope she declines if you really dont want her to be a BM! 

    Post # 10
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think your Fiance needs to field this one and tell his mom that it is your choice who your bridal party is and both you and him would appreciate her not starting needless drama with public assumptions. I do think it be nice to ask your fsil but I personally get why you might not. Fwiw my sil wasn’t involved in our wedding in any way.more than being in the family pictures because we just aren’t close and I think and hope especially since this isn’t some volatile teenage sister that she is mature enough to understand it isn’t a slight against her to not be include d. 

    Post # 11
    5886 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would do a reply all email and say you haven’t decided who go going to be a bm yet. Let that lie for a few weeks/months then have Fiance ask fsil if she would like to be a reader. 

    Post # 12
    520 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble

    @LessIsMoore:  yeaaaap, plus 1.

    my darling OP, if you know your fsil well enough, give her a shout and explain the situation, but without blaming fmil. just say, hubby is Bridesmaid or Best Man, and fmil thought you’d WANT to be a bridesmaid! if you don’t, I completely understand, what with your kick ass job, blah yada etc. BUT I’D LOVE if you were involved regardless!

    all you can do now is damage control. and pray fmil doesn’t start adding more Bridal Party members, love! whatever you do, don’t let her know you never had the intent to ask. it’s possible this can be smoothly crossed over, with a haha, and a no harm, no foul mentality!


    Post # 13
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @paula1248:  “Actually I think I have a better idea: Fiance contacts his mother and tells her off, saying something like, “Why on earth did you put that in the email? Don’t you know that tradition is I pick the GMs and the bride picks the BMs! Now, thanks to you, my sister is going to get her hopes up for no reason!”

    +1. I would have Fiance talk to his mother. Saying something like that above is perfect – not only does it let Future Mother-In-Law know she over stepped the boundaries, it also lets her know that Future Sister-In-Law is not going to be part of the bridal party.

    I think the difficult part is going to be coming up with something to say to Future Sister-In-Law if she directly asks you if she is going to be a bridesmaid.

    Post # 14
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Do not ask her to be a bridesmaid unless you want her to be. Just because your future mother in law did that does not mean that you said it to her. Don’t worry about it!

    Post # 16
    14656 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would respond to Future Mother-In-Law directly saying that you already had BMs in mind that you have known since whenver and that you dont want to put any added stress on her with her demanding job and all and maybe she can do a reading or be involved in another way.  Then I’d write a separate email to Future Sister-In-Law apologizing for FMILs awkward behaviour and let her know that although Future Mother-In-Law put you on the spot and made assumptions, that she means alot etc, but you already had BMs in mind that you’ve known for years and you maybe dont want to burden her with being a Bridesmaid or Best Man, but would love it if she would still be a part of it and do a reading.

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