(Closed) I do NOT want to invite my dad’s girlfriend to the wedding. Advice?

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You invite your dad and a +1, the rest is out of your hands.


Sorry, I know that isn’t the answer you want.



Post # 4
3942 posts
Honey bee

Is your wedding in October 2013? If so, you do not need to make any invitation decisions right now.

Post # 5
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Ugh, that sucks. It’s not like they mutually split up, he cheated. I wouldn’t want to put my mother through that either. I’d probably speak my mind once and hope he doesn’t make things difficult. “Out of respect for my mother, I’d really prefer if you didn’t bring your girlfriend. I hope you can understand that, I just don’t want any problems if it can at all be avoided.” If he raises a fuss, let it go and give your mom a heads up. You might have to even say thanks but no thanks to his financial help if it gets bad.

Post # 6
2649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

“We have reserved 1 seat in your honor ” put just his name on the invite.

Post # 7
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Without knowing your dad or what your relationship is/was like outside of this issue…

Can you just talk to him?

‘Dad.  I know you have the right to make any choices you see fit, but this particular choice has taken a tremendous toll on our family as a whole.  I’m still working on it, and I know mom is.  I want to be able to enjoy my wedding with you there, but I just cannot have your girlfriend there.  I hope you are able to understand and respect my decision.’

Post # 9
5531 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

To be honest, I wouldn’t invite him at all. If you don’t care if HE is there and def don’t want the GIRL there… just avoid them all together. Personally, I wouldn’t accept money from someone for my wedding if I didn’t care that they were there.

Post # 10
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Use reverse psychology. Tell him you inderstand that his gf will not want to come as it will be too uncomfortable for her. That’s exactly what I’m going to tell my dad.

I’m going through the same thing (sort of). My dad’s gf has beef with my mom’s sister. 

Post # 11
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

talk to him, let him know that you would feel more comfortable if him and your mom came to the wedding alone with out any dates

Post # 12
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Can you have a sit-down chat with just him? and explain that your wedding is about you and your FH and you just want those closest to the two of you there? Maybe also tell him that you are hurt that he cheated on your mom and having the “other woman” there would be very uncomfortable for many people.

He should respect your feelings on this. If he was recently divorced and started dating some, i would probably say sorry, he should get a plus one but because it’s the woman he cheated with… it’s just so awkward on so many levels.

Unfortunately, if she is always around when your sister visits (and by the way, what grown woman sleeps over a man’s mother’s house????), he’s probably not going to take your request very well.


Post # 14
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was in a similiar situation when my niece invited my ex and his skanky Girlfriend for her wedding. I ignored them but during the actual wedding for my niece’s sake. However, some idiot had me at the same table as them! I quickly traded places with a good-natured soul at another table.

My point is that he might bring Girlfriend regardless of what you want. Be prepared and have THEM seated far away from your Mom!


Post # 15
6253 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I think you either have to tell him not to contribute and not invite him (and then deal with the fallout and potential estrangement because of that), or let him make the decision whether or not to bring her. It sucks that you don’t like his girlfriend, but it’s not your decision who he dates, nor is it your mother’s. If you let him know your feelings and he chooses to disregard them, that’s a reflection on him.

When making your decision, though, you really have to remember that while you won’t have to deal with him if you don’t want to, your sister will. From your post, it seems like you care about her and her situation. She still has required visitation with him (and his girlfriend, who imo has the right to be there, since she is a part of your father’s life whether you like it or not) for the next 3 years, and I think that making the decision not to invite him, or not to invite his girlfriend, will put her in an awkward place, since she is the one he will most likely complain to. It wouldn’t be fair to her to put her in the middle, and that is certainly where she would end up if your father is anything like mine, even if he only talks to her about it to ask her how to fix things with you.

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