Heartbroken by FH's parents

posted 12 months ago in Family
Post # 2
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I’m sorry, that must have felt really terrible.

Could they be thinking you expect them to contribute financially? Maybe your fiance could clarify that point. Hopefully they were just surprised and bad with surprises (to give them the benefit of the doubt…)

Post # 3
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would suggest your fiancé talk to them on his own to try to figure out what their problem is. If they’ve been supportive of your relationship until now it’s very strange that they would have such a negative reaction. Maybe there is something going on in their lives that triggered an unreasonable response? 

I’m sure their response was very hurtful but if you’ve never had any problems with them before I would try to give them an opportunity to apologize and explain thier unacceptable behavior when you told them.

If they don’t budge then you and your fiancé will need to decide how to move forward in your relationship with them. That may involve distancing yourself or possibly not inviting them to the wedding. But before taking an drastic steps I would give them at least one chance to explain themselves and apologize. But like I said, I do think your husband should take the lead on confronting them.

Post # 4
378 posts
Helper bee

Guess they’re not invited to the wedding. 

I’m sorry they were so unsupportive. 

Congrats on your engagement! 



Post # 5
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ugh, I’m so so sorry, that is infuriating and absolutely heartbreaking.  They have NO reason to have acted that way ever, but especially because you have been together a long time, are very committed and are PLENTY old enough to decide what you want!  Sending hugs. 

Post # 7
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

My mom’s reaction when D.H and I got engaged was “oh” and that’s about it. It really does hurt and I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. *hugs* 

Post # 8
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Damn -hugs-!


I can’t believe that was their reaction after so many years together and no issues. Hopefully your fiancee can talk to them and see what is the real issue is. Worst case they’re not invited to the wedding. You and you’re SO are happy continue moving forward as a strong couple. Congrats! Be happy! You can’t please everyone.

Post # 9
1806 posts
Buzzing bee

What we’re their reasons? Do either of you still live with your parents? Do you have immense student debt? 

Post # 10
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

You both finished school are working and have been together for 3 years I think that’s reasonable. Why are they upset? Do you two live on your own or with them? It sucks but I would distance myself from them let your fiancé talk to them. Hopefully things get better in the future. 

Post # 11
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My mom had an interesting reaction too when I got engaged. Weddings make some people act weird. She eventually got super excited but at first she was like “ohhhh that’s great….” and didn’t have any interest in planning and now she’s obsessing about decorating and how she’s going to wear her hair, and what kind of table numbers we should have. Give it some time and they’ll come around. They’re probably just surprised. 

Post # 12
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Oof, that sounds awful 🙁 I am so sorry Bee! 

I’d give it some time and have your FH talk to them. A lot of times peoples reactions to weddings are more about their own experiences than about you. 

Congratulations on your engagement! I hope it all sorts itself out! Best of luck xo

Post # 13
10032 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Congratulations on your engagement, I’m so sorry your fiance’s parents reacted so poorly to your happy news.  He needs to talk with them to find out their concerns.  I agree with PP’s saying give it some time, especially since they’ve previously been supportive of your relationship.  HUGS!

Post # 14
1442 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Weddings bring out just the weirdest behavior from people, for real.  I’m so sorry, Bee.  Even if they had concerns they could have at the least been pleasant and happy for you, and voiced them appropriately.  More than likely they are just scared for you guys, even if they have no reason to be.  People project their own insecurities and fears onto other people in very, very strange ways.

As hard as it is, maybe just give them a bit of space and then try again.  As other PP’s have mentioned, perhaps have your new fiance speak to them alone, calmly.  If you rise above and keep your composure, chances are you’ll come out on top and things will blow over.

Post # 15
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

So sorry your going through this! I can relate as my husbands parents were just like this and it sucks so bad. We didn’t include them in any plans and eloped instead. We were in the process of buying a house at the same time and we had no emotional support from them on either front. Now that we are under contract for a house,they can’t stop talking about it and happy for us-doesn’t excuse their behavior in my eyes but I’m cordial to them in person. Hopefully things turn around for you bee! *hugs* biggest congratulations to you guys! 

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