(Closed) I don’t think this is normal “cold feet”.. help!

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

If your emotions are not behind a marriage, then it is in fact not a logical decision to go forward with it.

If you truly do love someone else and are crying sad tears at the prospect of marrying someone else then you need to end it. It only gets harder, uglier and more expensive to end it later.

Post # 3
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m sorry your going through this!

If the feelings had never left, then I’m not sure why you decided to get married, but regardless have you sought any type of counseling? Sometimes we need help getting closure and understanding how to move on!

If you think you absolutley cannot get married and will never be happy, then you should postpone/cancel yoru wedding, even if everything is ready. For the sake of your Fiance and future, you need things to be right!

Post # 4
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

As a general rule, if you aren’t 100% sure, don’t do it.  But, just to play devil’s advocate, are you one of those people who is never happy/always looking for something better/ wondering “what if”?


Post # 5
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel like you are settling for your Fiance and even though J and you “tried and tried,” but couldn’t make it work, you need to resolve your feelings for him. It’s not fair to your Fiance to go through with the wedding…there could be someone else out there for him who will love him as much as you love J. I’m sorry you’re going through this.

Post # 6
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with the PP that suggested counseling.  It sounds a lot like you need closure on that relationship.  

Post # 6
330 posts
Helper bee

I agree with PP… as hard as it is, calling off the wedding is the right thing to do. As much as it will devastate your Fiance, it would devastate him 100x more if you married him while you were in love with another man. Your friends and family will understand and will respect you for making this tough decision.

Post # 7
4323 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I had a “one that got away” too (so I thought), and when I FIRST started dating my Darling Husband, I made myself confess my feelings to oh, let’s call him A because I didn’t want to enter into a relationship with the thougths of “what if”.   

I got shut down, like i thought I would, which solidified what I already knew, I told myself, “I needed to know that, so I can really put everything I have into this new relationship I have unravelling before me.” Once I got that shit out of my system and had my answer, I haven’t looked back.

A and I dated for like 4 or 5 months before Darling Husband ever got together, and I didn’t really get over him until I had that exchange. Sure he’s a great guy, and we’re still friends, but once I invested everything in my now Darling Husband (who at the time, I had only been dating a week or two), I see all the ways in which my Darling Husband is SOOOOO right for me, and A is SOOOOO right for someone else. 

Unburden yourself of your feelings if you think that will help, but you are going to be walking a very high tight rope if you do. Your Fiance could find out about it, the other guy could decide never to speak to you again, wedding could be called off by Fiance, etc. Ask yourself if you could live with that kind of consequence. My situation was different because my Darling Husband and I weren’t yet exclusive / serious in our budding romance, whereas you already have a wedding underway. 

If in your heart you absolutely do not feel your Fiance is the one for you, let him go. It’s not fair to either of you to go through with a situation that you greatly doubt. 

Post # 8
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@lefeymw:  This.


Just because you “cannot” be with J does not mean you should be with your Fiance, either. It is horribly unfair and dishonest to go into this marriage, not just for your Fiance but also yourself, if your heart is not completely in it. How could you even honestly say your vows?

Cancel this wedding and get yourself into individual counseling. Spring your Fiance loose too so he can be with someone who is very, very into him and being with him rather than being with him s they cannot be with someone else,

Post # 9
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with pp, if you’re not 110 percent, down the aisle is not the way you should be walking.  Honestly, even if you know that it can’t work with J, you shouldn’t be marrying someone else feeling this way.  If Fiance was the one, you wouldn’t be thinking about a guy you “tried and tried” with.  It’s one thing to casually think once in a very seldom while “I wonder where they are now” or “I hope their life turned out great”, it’s a completely different realm to want to be part of that life. This is more than cold feet, this is a series of multiple red alarms going off.  Don’t go with it just because it’s soon coming.  I don’t care how much money you’ve put into it, a divorce is much more expensive and ten times more painful for everyone involved.   I wish you the best of luck finding out what truly is right for you. 

Post # 10
4663 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I really wish I could find it but I read an article about the same thing you’re describing.  The woman was happily married but still had “one that got away” and a lot of “what ifs”.  It’s normal to not forget your first love, and to still have feelings.  But it’s up to you if those feelings are destrcutive to your current relationship.  It’s not fair on your Fiance if you’re alwasy comparing him to J.

Put it like this: I think it’s ok to care about J, miss him, even love* him; it’s not okay to compare your Fiance with him, or be disappointed/let down  by Fiance because he’s not J. Do you see what I’m saying?

Best of luck.

*not in love
Also, I agree with PPs when they say just because you can’t have one, doesn’t mean you should be with the other.

Post # 11
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The one who got away I wish him the best to find an amazing girl but Fiance is the most amazing thing ever. I agree with all the girls counselling. If you can get in to see someone in a few days hopefully they can help you atleast decide to postpone your wedding or cancel it.

Post # 12
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Why are you not currently with J? If you “tried and tried” with J, maybe he’s not the “one who got away”, but just simply not the right one.

Post # 14
330 posts
Helper bee

@anonimoose:  I would not judge a couple for whether or not they choose monogamy. Having an open relationship is fine in my book if you’re honest about it and everyone has entered into the arrangement willingly. It’s not for me, but if it works for other couples then I don’t have a problem with it.

But I think when you have a strong romantic / emotional connection with another man on top of the physical, the worst thing you could do would be to go ahead with your marriage to your Fiance. Just because he’s okay with the physically open aspect of things, does not mean he would be okay with you being in love with that other person. Marrying him without being honest with him about this is the worst thing you could do, IMO.


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