(Closed) Here comes the not-so-happy bridesmaid (LONG)

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would talk to her about the situation, I would say I really want you to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man but I’m a little worried about asking you because of ( name all the reasons you stated above). Just tell her you consider her a very good friend and would honestly love for her to be in your Bridal Party but you want her to be happy too. You know make it sound like you empathize with her so she gets your point but isnt insulted or whatever 

Post # 4
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Maid/Matron of Honor told me that after my wedding it was very relaxing and simple to be a “regular” bridesmaid in another wedding the following month.  Yes there was stress about the dress, drama, not liking the colors etc.  But after being Maid/Matron of Honor it was nice just to have to show up. 

I’d talk with her and let her know that she’s special but if it’s too much (money, time etc) that you’re fine with doing something else – handing out programs, reading, usher etc.

Post # 5
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with FutureMrsChaney.  Talk to her about it and make it sound like she’d be doing YOU a favor by declining.  If you’ve already got colors and everything picked out, let her know, but watch her reactions to when you’ve told her what FutureMrsChaney said. 

If her expression turns sour, be really apologetic like “oh, wow, I am so sorry!  These are my most favorite colors and we both agreed we just HAD to use them!!!”

kill her with sweetness and kindness.

and, you can even offer the “You know, I know how busy you are and understand if you can’t stand with me. I’d hate for you to become over-stressed by it all!” 

Since you work with her, making enemies really wouldn’t be a good thing.  You could even give her the option that if she doesn’t like something she’s free to talk to you about it.  (Just don’t say you’ll change it for her, lol).

good luck!!!! 

Post # 6
2742 posts
Sugar bee

I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man at a friend’s wedding and she told me she expected to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man at mine. She is a really close friend but I told her that she couldn’t. I only want two people, I have two sisters I’m close to. Case closed. If you don’t want her to be in your wedding, then let her know. I don’t think her attitude is going to change magically if you ‘oh so gently’ categorize her flaws and the reasons why she can’t be in your wedding. If I were you, tell her you don’t want a big wedding party. Case closed.

Post # 7
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

You need to decide if you’re willing to put up with the potential stress she will cause you during the planning process. It’s critical to have people around you who are nothing but loving and supportive and HAPPY to be doing all teh Bridesmaid or Best Man duties. And since you two are sort of in each others faces all the time by design, you should really think carefully about this before deciding. I had a Bridesmaid or Best Man like this but it worked out because she lives a 4 hour plane ride away and couldn’t even make it to all the wedding events. So she really only bought her dress and showed up for the wedding and as a result we avoided all of the drama.

If you decide not to have her, I wouldn’t necessarily pull her aside to explain. Telling her why is not a good idea because you will be basically critisizing her to her face and girls especially don’t take too kindly to that. If she asks, I’d just say something like “Oh, we wanted to keep our wedding parties small. It avoids a lot of unnecessary drama!” And hopefully she’ll be understanding and take the hint.

Post # 8
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

She may have just complained alot because thats what women do (read our boards!! 🙂 ) Better she vented to you then to the brides that she was the Maid/Matron of Honor for!

Im in a wedding soon, and i hate the colour and hate where it is…to be honest i hate everything about it! Do i tell the bride that nope! never! not in a million years, do i vent to my Boyfriend or Best Friend about it and husbad…absolutley…being in a wedding party isnt all glits and glamour..sometimes it just really sucks. Im really really happy for my friend though, cause although her dream wedding isnt mine, she is marrying a stellar guy and thats what im happy about. Lets remember its always easier to complain then it is to be “happy”.

The one thing that concerns me though is that she didnt throw and shower or stagette, thats kind of lame. So i WOULD talk to her about it (but if she isnt the Maid/Matron of Honor then it doesnt matter anyways)


I hope you can figure something out!!! Good luck!

Post # 9
177 posts
Blushing bee

I agree that being a Bridesmaid or Best Man is way different than being a Maid/Matron of Honor. When I was in so many high stress weddings (which caused me to complain to friends/coworkers) I would never have said “I want to be in your wedding” to anyone. I was grateful that my other close girlfriends weren’t that close the marriage and my only sister was married. I think sometimes girls just complain to have something to talk about. I would check with her first and make sure she REALLY wants to, but she’ll probably be happy to have less responsibility.

Congrats, btw!

Post # 11
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Since we are having a small wedding it seemed like all of the gang could be in the wedding party or none of the gang. So we are having his son/daughter as our witnesses and the rest of our friends/family are guests. That being said I am requesting the guests to wear blue (or black, or red, or orange- lol havent decided yet) so when the photos are taken- it will look like an awesome wedding group

Post # 12
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Tiny Tina…h my goodness!!! if she complained to the BRIDES abut everything!! dont have her. Thats so so so so wrong.

I agree though, just say you are keeping it small, she will probably be upset but she will get over it 🙂

Post # 13
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think Baileyh may have a point: she could just be venting to other people outside of the wedding. When people are venting you usually just get the down side, while she might be very happy for the women she’s standing with.

Also, I would be hesitant to talk to her about your concerns over asking her to be Bridesmaid or Best Man. Most people do not want to hear the truth, and she might get really offended if you tell her how she came across to you when she was talking/complaining about the other weddings she was in.

I would decide one way or another. If you chose no I’d either  tell her you’re having a small wedding party, or really want even numbers of Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen or something along those lines. If you decide to ask her to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man I’d let her know the expectations up front, and give her an out if it will be stressfull or too time consuming for her.

Post # 14
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would just caution you that if you want your MOH/BMs to plan any parties for you, you should be explicit about that when you ask them.  There is a wide variety of expectations, and some believe it to be their duty only to wear what is instructed and show up on the day.  You want to come to a common understanding early, because this seems to be a subject of much wedding party drama.

Post # 16
1011 posts
Bumble bee

You could just limit the Bridesmaid or Best Man to your sisters, aunt, & Future Sister-In-Law.  Then you could tell her you would have loved to have asked her, but are keeping it to only family.

I know one of my friends thought she’d be in my wedding, but when I told her I was only having my sister, it was the end of the story.  Of course, she was really critical of everything about my wedding until I had her son as my Ring Bearer.  That worked out perfectly.  She was distracted by him and still had a vested interest in helping!

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