(Closed) Future Mother in Law. HELP!!

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
1170 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Okay so take a deep breathe, and count to ten, heck make it 50. Hugs..and sorry your going through this. Sometimes its hard for moms to let go of their sons, that being said I dont agree that you all should continue you living situation after your married, as you pointed out whats the point of being married if your not going to live together.


As for former addicts and recovering alcoholics. That is there problem. You and your Fiance are paying for your wedding so she has no say so. A compromise might be that you serve some non alcoholic beer or sparkling cider to those who can not partake in the drinks.

You wont be able to monitor everyone and you shouldnt have too. If they dont have enough sense to stay away from their addictions they really arent ready to attend a wedding. Im not saying you shouldnt invite your Future Mother-In-Law but you need to be firm in your resolve and also ask Fiance to help make her understand that you and he are making all decisions with the wedding and that her suggestions are appreciated but that you mean to begin and you intend to go on.


Im lucky, my Future Mother-In-Law hates me so bad she isnt making a single suggestion for our wedding. She keeps hoping I will drop dead before the date even gets here.

Good luck.

Post # 4
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m sure your relationship will grow and be better with her over time.  If not, I guess you just have to do your best to live with it. I personally couldn’t marry a man whose family I didn’t get along with but that’s just me.  

I do have to agree with her and I think she has a legitimate concern that you guys should ensure you are financially sound to be able to live alone after the wedding.  I know my 21 year old bf and I couldnt have had we gotten married.  I don’t think it’s a good start to a marriage to be living each with your own parents separately.

Post # 5
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stop talking to her about any of this.  Do not discuss the wedding.  Do not discuss your financial life.  None of these things are any of her business.

If she tries to engage you on these, politely change the subject.  “You don’t have to worry about that…did you get a change to catch the olympics last night?”  “We already have things taken care of…gee this bean dip is fantastic, don’t you think?”

Post # 6
2780 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsWBS:  +1 

I would never be able to marry someone whose family I didn’t get along with, really its only a matter of time until that drama would cause the man to choose between his wife and his family, or the family ultimately causing problems in the marriage.


OP: Im sorry your in this situation, I agree it would be silly to get married and then live separately. The two of you need to sit down with his mother and address what the real issues are.

Post # 7
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

you are not living separately after you are married, then why would you even get married. I thought you were going to say she was going to suggest you BOTH live under her roof-still not a good idea but thats where i thought this was going- that would have irked me that she said it. Do you and Fiance have plans to get a place together after you are married, will you be able to afford it. Again not ideal, do any family members have like basement apartments that might be cheaper and you can pay rent to live there? Idk this is a toughie 🙁

Post # 8
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This sucks! The great thing here is you guys do have positive aspects to your relationship. The one thing you haven’t metion is your Fi’s reaction to her. He needs to the main one to rein mom in, he needs to have big talk about boundaries and her realizing you guys are grown ups. Certain things you should automatically defer to her son, for example bring up living situation tell her to speak to your Fi about it. He shoud have a firm response and let her know you two have made choice and the topic is up for discussion.

I think providng a united front and letting him be firmly in the drivers seat will mean she will have to listen and she can’t place blame for things on you. This is a transitional time for everyone and given your age the fact both of you are living at home it will be a little tougher. Have boundaries and strong backbone, with a little compassion and understanding that she needs to adjust her thinking. You guys can set the tone for your future relationship with her and both set of parents. Hopefully once wedding over and married life has started, those things will fade to the background.

Post # 9
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

“That’s what we’ve decided.”  “Thanks, I’ll think about that.  We’ll let you know what we decide.”  Repeat, with a smile, which ever one of those works better, over and over until she gets the hint.  But be firm now – you don’t want her thinking she can control you later.

Post # 10
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MeghanV  perfectly said.

Post # 11
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I broke up with an Ex beacuse he was too big a momas boy and had this issue-

So I say good luck

Post # 13
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My future Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law are *kind* of like this too. They like to make all the big choices and have us follow them. Honestly, the best suggestion I can give you is to follow something that my BFF (and MOH) does when people make counter-suggestions.

She says (in a very tactful, kind, smiling way) “Okay, that is a wonderful suggestion and I really appreciate your input, but this is what we’re going to do (has been decided, has been already planned,etc.)” It seems to work a lot better than arguing, fighting, or trying to explain why.

I’ve used it when my my Future Mother-In-Law bought the UGLIEST FAVORS ahead of time and insisted we use them because they were “sooo cute” and when my Future Father-In-Law tried to get a giant fish ice sculpture for our recpetion venue. (Idk what he was thinking with that one)

It may not solve all the issues, but it’s a pleasant way to resolve the wedding-butting-in.

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