(Closed) "Friends" thinking they will be bridesmaids

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sorry to hear you’re dealing with this! 

Honestly, weddings bring out people’s CRAZY. (Especially if they don’t realize how they come off). DH’s fake ‘sister’ asked right away if she could be a bridesmaid — Um, never in a million billion years!! 

Just gotta brush it off. I’m sure they’ll be pissed that you’re not including them, since they seem to be super self-centered, but that’s got nothing to do with you; just their hurt egos. 

Post # 4
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Happy birthday!

Otherwise, who cares if they want to be bridesmaids?  Unfortunately, not everyone can be, and it’s really clear why you chose the bridesmaids you did.  They might get their feelings hurt a little, but understand.  And, even so, it doesn’t seem like you like them much.

Post # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@StephieBee:  +1 Truer words were never spoken – “weddings bring out people’s CRAZY.”

Honestly, we had people thinking they were invited, thinking they were part of the Bridal Party (when we didn’t even have one), people thinking this was THEIR wedding too (parents/siblings), etc. Clearly, these people are terrible friends considering how they act even though you haven’t officially given them the boot. I wouldn’t even call them friends and if that’s how they act for your birthday, I probably would’ve even invite them.

Post # 6
947 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Fair weather friends! Sounds like they’re only there for you when it suits them or when they can get something out of it. Who needs friends like that anyway?

If you want to let them down nicely, say that your vision involved a small bridal party. You wish you could ask them to be bridesmaids but you simply can’t because the bridal party only has X amount of bridesmaids…

But frankly, if I were you, I’d be honest about how hurt I am that they blew me off like that. I’m a New Yorker. I’m blunt.

Post # 7
9792 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If they’re bad friends…why are they still your friends??

Post # 8
1425 posts
Bumble bee

@newcitylights:  + 1 to

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@kes18: .  Those past couple events with your birthday proved that little fact even more.  I would have cut ties a long time ago, if not most definitely now.

And Happiest of Birthdays today!!!

Post # 9
7638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@newcitylights:  These people are the opposite of real friends. My real friends wish me happy birthday, were happy for me when I was engaged, and didn’t expect to be bridesmaids (I only had my best friend and my sister as BMs). Your Maid/Matron of Honor, at least, sounds like a true friend. Happy birthday!

ETA: As for how to handle them, just tell them next time they ask or hint, “It’s just , my sisters and my FSIL”

Post # 11
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@newcitylights:  Happy birthday! And sounds like they’re shitty (non)friends. Why even bother inviting them to the wedding? To have a few more mouths to feed? Pffft. Let them hang out and be snotty somewhere else. 🙂

FWIW: I don’t have many ‘real life’ friends either, most of mine live elsewhere.

Post # 12
3051 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Why are they still your friends?? You need to get these people out of your life. Don’t even invite them to the wedding.

ETA: Happy birthday! & IMO it’s better to have NO friends than fake friends

Post # 13
11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think you need to tell them they aren’t bridesmaids – they’ll get it when you don’t ask them!  I also don’t think you need to give them a reason either.  If they demand to know why, it sounds like you have plenty of examples of what crappy friends they are!

Post # 14
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@newcitylights:  Hun, having no friends at all is better than having bitchy friends. It is NOT a friendship if you are doing all the work. They do not appreciate you. They probably only want to be BMs to wear the pretty dress and not do the work that comes with being a Bridesmaid or Best Man (helping put together invites, planning the shower and bach party, support the brides et al).

Phase them out your life. Heck I would not invite them to the wedding at all. I doubt they will show up. Heck they might even try to bring random people.

Post # 15
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

They don’t have to be your friends! I have friends-of-friends that I barely talk to. And I don’t think you have to say anything about them not being in your wedding. They will notice they aren’t bridesmaids when they (hopefully) aren’t invited and you’ve already been married!

Post # 16
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Could you join a hobby group? I know that there are MeetUps and things depending on your area. Maybe you could make new friends through those? Or maybe through voluneteering or joining a church or taking a community college course on something fun?

I can imagine that it would be hard to move to a completely new area and not know anyone but having the friends you have sounds like no fun. 🙁

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