(Closed) How would you feel if your friend got engaged at your destination wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

chrissy0308:  Call your friend and explain the situation.

It was rude of him to use your Destination Wedding for a proposal in the first place.  Life doesn’t stop just because someone is getting married but in this instance, the Boyfriend or Best Friend did the right thing and asked the bride and groom what their feelings were about the situation.  He followed your request and he needs to get over it.  If he didn’t like the parameters he had two options: 1) be a douche and ask at the beginning of the Destination Wedding like he wanted (and dealt with fallout); or 2) waited and proposed at a completely different time rather than on a Destination Wedding.

Post # 3
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

I think you asked them to wait until after the wedding, they did honor that, even if it was the day after the trip.  If you were cranky during the proposal, that wasn’t very nice.  I would just call your friend and tell her you’re sorry you were so cranky (you were exhausted!) and you are so, so, so happy for her!

Post # 4
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I don’t think your request was unreasonable at all.  I think that her Boyfriend or Best Friend proclaiming you to be a bridezilla and telling everyone that you were angry at them was ridiculous – shame on him.  I also think it’s kind of petty that your friend would get angry at you over something like this.  What exactly is there to be angry about I wonder?

Regardless of whether the Boyfriend or Best Friend wanted your opinion or not – you guys gave it.  He could have refused to wait, but he didn’t.  He waited because he CHOSE to.  So I don’t know why he is complaining.  

Post # 5
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I personally wouldn’t care, but I’m guessing I’d be in the minority.  I also wouldn’t care if someone wore a wedding dress to my wedding, announced a pregnancy, etc., however, I don’t mind sharing the spotlight.  I know a lot of brides feel that the wedding is “their day” so events like these may threaten to take that feeling away from them.  My wedding was just a big party with family and friends and all I cared about was having a good time, but if you’re hosting I think you should get the final say.

Post # 6
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The first few days after your wedding can be rough, it’s a big let down after all of that planning and excitement! It’s hard to understand if you’ve never gone through it. I do not think asking him to wait until after the wedding was rude, I think it was rude of him to plan to propose during your destination wedding, although I do get that it was their anniversary and whatnot. For him to call you out as a bridezilla is obnoxious, he has no clue what it’s like to pull of a wedding, nevermind a destination wedding. I’m sorry you’re fighting with your friend over it. I would apologize for being cranky, and explain to her how exhausting it is (she’ll understand that one day..) and hopefully it will blow over. 

Post # 8
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would be delighted if someone got engaged at my wedding or on my wedding trip. As long as they’re not popping the question right when my fi and I are exchanging vows, I say, hooray for love, and all the more reason to celebrate!  

I would go visit your friend and her fiance— you can’t have this conversation over text or email, and in person really is best but phone would work if you can’t physically get there– and explain that you were just exhausted from the wedding, and offer to mend any fences by taking them out to celebrate a bit. Nothing extravagant, just a nice dinner in a local restaurant or a few drinks in the neighborhood pub.  Even if you did not intend to come off as angry or mean, that’s the perception people have, which means unfortunately it’s on you to clear that up.

Post # 9
1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wouldn’t have cared if he proposed before or after my wedding. A snarky comment if a bride didn’t want someone proposing during her wedding would be out of line though. IMO, you get to have a preference about what happens during your wedding, but you should not have asked him to delay the proposal until after your wedding. Before or after are both fine. 

Post # 10
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you need to think about how it looks to them: you told them you were saddened he wanted to do it then, and insisted he wait, then when he did it the way you asked you were in a bad mood. If I were them I probably would have asusmed you weren’t very happy for us either, and as your friend I’d be upset, seeing as my Boyfriend or Best Friend did everything you asked, and was smart enough to ask in the first place. Call your friend and apologize for how you may have come off, and smooth things over.

For the record, I wouldn’t have cared in the first place: if anything I’d be thrilled that we’d have more wedding joy to celebrate that week, but that’s moot now.

Post # 11
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would have been excited for my friend but I wasn’t the type of bride that thought it was all my day. I know many brides don’t feel that way. If you told them beforehand how you felt and also apologized then I think they just need to get over it.

Post # 13
10382 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

It was rude and inconsiderate of your friend’s fiance to propose during that trip,  anniversary or no anniversary.   However, one thing I don’t understand is why you were upset the day of when you were also the one who helped plan and organize the whole thing.  I would have had nothing to do with any of it. It does seem like you were sending some very mixed messages. 

Post # 15
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Honestly, I think it was pretty rude of you to ask him to wait until after your wedding.  As long as he didn’t want propose on your wedding day, it should have been fine.  She would have gotten a day or two  (maybe? the timing is unclear) to enjoy being engaged and then the spotlight would have been totally on you for your wedding day.


I would apologize to the newly engaged couple, and with a smile on your face, blame wedding stress for your ‘bridezillaness’ and wish them the best. 

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