(Closed) help me avoid FMIL venue drama!

posted 9 years ago in Family
Post # 3
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

tell her you really have no idea yet but will have her help you finalize it when you’re down to your top 3?

Post # 4
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If she’s not contributing, then she doesn’t have veto power, at least.

Why don’t you tell her that you and your fiance are doing the first round of scouting, and tell her that she’s free to come along to decide among your finalists.  That way you’ve limited her choice.

On the positive side, bringing along a critical person could actually be quite useful.  She may see more than you guys will about things about your venues that could create problems.  You could ask her to try to keep her comments constructive if she gets too negative, i.e. tell her that she should make suggestions and comparisons rather than just being Debbie Downer and hating everything.  Tell her that she should phrase her comments as I don’t like this Venue as much, I thought Venue One was better than this one for dancing, and dancing (or whatever) is your priority.  If you get get her to channel her criticisms to specifics, she can be really useful.

Post # 5
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is a tricky one!  Any way you could spin it as trying to be considerate of her (i.e. oh, it’s goign to be such a long day going from venue to venue to venue, we wouldn’t want you to have to go through that, etc)? 

Or maybe something along the lines of “oh, this is such a romantic thing for us, picturing where our wedding will be, I hope you wouldn’t be too upset if we wanted it to be just the two of us.”  Good luck, and I hope she doesn’t react badly however you approach her!

Post # 6
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Can you tell a little white lie? I’d say that since your mom can’t come along on the venue scouting trip, she would be upset if you let Future Mother-In-Law come along. That way if Future Mother-In-Law insists, she’s being insensitive to your mom’s feelings, and she can’t resent you for wanting to make your mom happy (well she could, but that would be totally unreasonable). Btw, if it were me, I’d let my mom in on the lie so she’d back me up in case of further questions later on.

Post # 7
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Tell her you’d hate to waste her time and that you’d love to show her the final pic (or even top 3) when the time comes. You could also say that you’re running a number of errands and meeting with friends admist these site visits to deter her from joining you 😉

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