(Closed) Horrible aunt…. only gets worse. (warning, kinda long)

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 18
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wouldn’t invite her.  She’s your father’s sister and even he doesn’t want her there, so I would let him be the one to decide whether or not she gets to come.  The fact that your aunt told her own brother that he’d have to sue her to get his money back only goes to show how combative she wants to be and how unreasonable she is.  It seems that she has been holding things (perhaps a LOT of things) against your father for a long time and is now looking for excuses to lash out.  This nonsense she was getting on with about “I used to be afraid of you but not anymore” is French for “I’m feeling self-righteous so all I want to do is fight and I don’t care if it costs me my family in the process.”  I’d have nothing at all to do with her until she grows up and stops trying to cause drama.  She’s like an Internet troll–at some point, you just have to stop feeding into her drama because she’s clearly ENJOYING all of this!

I’m really sorry you have to go through all of this, though. 🙁  It’s SO unfair…

Post # 19
20 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

My mean streak is telling me that were I in your situation I would invite your cousin (her daughter) but not her. After all, this whole mess started because the cousin was not your bridesmaid. Inviting her, and sending her the “I know things have been crazy between our families, but I hope we can still be friends, and I very much want you here on my special day” would make that mean part of me very, very happy.

Plus, then I would seem like the bigger person (“I always DID want cousin as a part of my weddding. I was going to have her say a reading”), and while she would likely decline, I would be able to tell everyone who mattered that it was on HER head not MINE.


But the part of me that likes seeing people happy, and the part of me that shies away from fights – the bigger part of me that makes the decisions in my life – would do the same as you have done. Don’t invite them, cut ties etc.

I would very much wonder about someone who could take such a 180 turn to life, and destroy the relationships that mean the most to her. I would seriously wonder (as others have) whether there was something more to all of this than she’s letting on. Maybe the family stuff is just a cover for something else.

Good luck, whatever your decision. While a few random people on the internet may not be much, we’re here for you!

Post # 20
852 posts
Busy bee

Pyschoooo. o_O

Seriously – how low can some people go? You are infinitely better off with out her, OP. Inviting her in the hopes of pacifying her and mitigating further madness on her part is just prolonging the issue. Feeding the lion in the hopes that it won’t eat you doesn’t work. It only means it’ll eat you last.

Be confident in your deicision to cut her out of your life, or at least this period of your life. This is a happy, joyous time and it is not over yet. DO not let her steal another minute of you peace.

Post # 21
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

This is so toxic and you need to let go….and believe me I KNOW how hard it is.

I have an abusive ex but the hardest person to let go of was my sister. She was my best friend (or so I thought) but now looking back I can see how toxic our relationship was and I’m much better off now without all the bad feelings and stress. I had people tell me over the years but was never ready to admit it until she went over the top one day and said a few things that more than just hurtful. I haven’t spoken to her since and she has gotten worse…sending me letters that are nasty. She will definitely NOT be invited to our wedding.

I understand that your grandmother will be sad but she loves you and obviously understands the situation. In my situation, my mother has basically told me that I just need to ‘suck it up’ and take it like the rest of them do.

This wedding is YOUR (FI and you) day so don’t invite anyone that is this toxic to your celebration of love. Your date is a way off still so this leaves plenty of time to change your mind if you do and still invite her if she has a change of heart. Just don’t send her an STD and that leaves your options open.

Post # 22
3767 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Don’t invite her, you will be so much happier.  It may be stressful now and leading up to your wedding trying to regain that family connection, but the day of?  You won’t have to worry about her criticizing, whining, being rude to your friends and family, flying off the handle at the slightest imagined insult… you will be MUCH happier.

Post # 23
2185 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

If your own father, her brother asked you not to invite this vile woman that has treated you and him SO horribly then you shouldn’t invite her. Don’t send her a Save the Date or invite. I’d also block her and your beyatch cousin from facebook so they can’t even search for you. Block her email too. I know she was a motherly figure to you when you were growing up but clearly she didn’t see it like that because a mother doesn’t act that way (normally). She is bat shit crazy and you all need to just cut her out of your lives and be happy and healthy together without the crazy.

Post # 24
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s also practically guaranteed that if you do invite this drama queen aunt of yours, she WILL cause drama and upset at the wedding.  She will find something–ANYTHING–to create a scene about!  I’m sure your grandmother will understand why this daughter of hers is not invited to the wedding.  Your aunt is the one who has done this, not you, because she’s the one who is alienating her family.

Post # 25
1524 posts
Bumble bee

I’m so sorry that she’s still causing drama!!!! I remember your last post. I would try to move on and not invite her; she obviously isn’t mature enough at the moment to be able to appreciate you trying to be the bigger person. It seems like she is just trying to ruin her relationship with your family for whatever reason. I’m sorry it’s stressing you out so bad, though. You don’t deserve that 🙁

Post # 26
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would not invite her. She seems to care about her needs only. Good luck

Post # 28
2266 posts
Buzzing bee

You need to cut ties. And your grandmother will be sad, but she’s still being very understanding. It’s not her wedding anyway, it’s yours.

And where the hell did this all come from? Just because of the cousin thing???? 

Post # 29
3681 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You need to write her off.  She’s not going to invite you for coffee or lunch.  She clearly doesn’t want to fix the relationship (at least right now), so you have to just let her be.  Maybe someday she’ll change her mind, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it.  Move on without her.

Post # 30
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Your relationship with her unfortunately can never be salvaged. This was proven when in the wake of a disaster she deliberately snubbed you. I know it hurts and will continue to hurt but if you can, put on a brave front and cut all ties.

Do not entertain her pettiness and ignore her. It’s up to your father and grandmother how they want to continue to deal with her, but I think you should let it all go, cherish the good times, and look forward to your new and happy life w/your Fiance.

You sound like a nice, sweet person and you don’t need her drama. Maybe one day shell realize how she’s done you wrong and will apologize, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon, so don’t waste anymore time or optimism on her. 

Good luck OP!

Edit: To move on, it may help to think of her as two completely different people: the one in the past was your awesome aunt, but this current person is an unrecognizable stranger who is only embarrassing herself with her childish behavior. 

Post # 31
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honey I am so sorry you’re going through all this. 

But personally, in your situation, there are no circumstances in the world under which I would allow this woman and/or her daughter at my wedding. 

I understand about your grandma being upset… I would suggest seeing if perhaps your dad can talk to her and explain why your aunt is not being invited? Your aunt is so far out of line that she’s not even in the stadium anymore. And quite frankly, even for family, there’s only so much lunacy you’re required to cater to. 

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