Post # 1
I’m getting married next summer, and my fiancee and I have chosen to only have a Maid/Matron of Honor and a Bridesmaid or Best Man. We both chose our oldest friends from childhood.
I have a friend from highschool, who is assuming she will be a bridesmaid.
she even said "you’d better make me a bridesmaid, I already told your mom"
and just the other day she said " I should be your MOH"…
she keeps mentioning it, and I keep chickening out of telling her.
She calls me a best friend, but I don’t exactly think of her that way. I never feel like I can be myself around her.
I don’t know how to tell her I don’t want her in the wedding party at all. I think she will be very upset. She is the kind of person who gets very confrontational.
Post # 3
Since she feels different about your relationship than you, she is most likely going to have her feelings hurt. I’m not sure you are going to be able to avoid that. If it were me and one of my friends, I would go out and spend some time together, get a beer and food and then tell her that yall have decided to keep it as simple as possible so you aren’t "imposing" on all your friends to have to buy a dress and be your craft slave etc. I would talk it from the angle of "doing her a favor" by expemting her from the wedding planning stress. But thats ME. This is not a game plan for everyone, its just how I would handle it with my friends.
Post # 4
I’m assuming (even though I know its never a good idea to make assumptions..) that if I told her I didn’t want to put the stress on her, she would immediately say that she wants to help, she wants to be stressed. She’s very into fashion and would probably love to buy a dress.
I don’t want to hurt her, but part of me, a big part of me, can’t believe that she would just assume, and even tell my mom she is going to be a bridesmaid. Isn’t that very bad manners?? It made me pretty upset. She has put me in a very awkward position, which isn’t a very "best friend" thing to do.
Post # 5
I think you should have came clean with her the first time she mentioned it.
I think it’s kind of rude of her to butt into YOUR wedding like this.
Just tell her how you feel, that you and your Fiance have already decided on a small bridal party and you picked people that you have known longer over her and if she really thinks she’s you "best friend" she should be understanding.
A least she still invited to your wedding right? ^_^
Personally I love helping friends like a Bridesmaid or Best Man because that’s who I am… I try to be helpful, without being an Bridesmaid or Best Man b/c I don’t like wearing that dress and being in front of everyone.
Post # 6
I would just keep it simple, and explain that you’re limiting it to your one oldest friend each, but that you look forward to celebrating together with her on the day.
Post # 7
I had to come clean with my 2 best friends right after the engagement that I was just having my 2 sisters as bridesmaids. We are having a smaller wedding <100 guests, so myself and FH decided to keep the wedding party small. We decided on 2 attendants on each side (2 BM/2 GM) so my sisters were my first choice. One of my friends was sad, but also my best friends both have kids, so they will be busy with their little guys on that day as well! Just be straight, and make sure she knows its not about her, its about your preference for wedding party size!
Post # 8
I’m in agreement with Raindrops. Just tell her you have chosen your BM’s because you have know them for so long….and leave it at that.
I also think it is very rude when anyone is that pushy presuming that they will be your Bridesmaid or Best Man….
But….yeah, keep it short & sweet, I picked X & Y because I’ve known them forever and I can’t wait to enjoy our wedding day with all of you (if you’re inviting her…lol).
Post # 9
I agree that she shouldn’t have pressured you to be in your wedding. It’s unfortunate you two aren’t on the same page, regarding your friendship. If you really don’t want her in the wedding, you just have to tell her.
What you have in your favor is that you are actually having a very small Bridal Party. So it’s not like you are lying by saying that. Maybe you could tell her that you need to keep it small because it creates less stress and work for you. Or that your Fi and you talked about having people, and the logistics of keeping it an even wedding party meant just one each. Maybe you can add that you value her friendship and feel honored that she wanted to take part. And when she gets married, if she wants to ask you to be in the wedding, that you would be honored. You wished you could have worked it out to have everyone you both wanted. But it would have been difficult to draw the line.
Post # 10
I agree with pp’s.. she needs to know that you won’t be having her as bridesmaid and honestly the sooner the better. Is there any other way you could include her in your wedding? Maybe she could do a reading? If she is helping in planning in any way you could include her as a bridal attendant by name only?
Post # 11
Since you are just having a Maid/Matron of Honor, hopefully she won’t take it too hard when she comes clean. If you want her to, maybe when you talk to her about it you could mention that you’d still really appreciate her help and opinion with things like shopping, the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, etc. If you don’t actually want her help though…don’t 😉
Post # 12
Be firm with her, trust me on this… I know of what I speak on this subject. I had someone ask me to be in my wedding and I caved. It has been one of the only points of tension in this whole planning process. Be kind, but firm and tell her that you are only planning on having one person stand up for you.
Post # 13
thank you SO much to everyone who replied. I need to talk to her.. next week for sure.
aaah.. i’m scared, but I have to do it asap.
I don’t want her involved at all really.. i mentioned she could make a speech if she likes, but as far as planning or dress shopping, we’re just WAY too different for me to appreciate her opinion. she doesn’t want to get married, hates kids, hates dogs, and doesn’t like any of my other friends. Basically bases her opinion of people on what they’re wearing and how much it cost. She stresses me out big time!!!
anyway, thanks again everyone!!
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
If all you have is an Maid/Matron of Honor, then it should be easy enough to tell her you’re only having one person in your wedding party. Maybe you can ask her to do a reading or something if you want to keep the peace?
Post # 15
This friend sounds like she has a very disrespectful personality overall–she’s confrontational, she’s pushy about saying what she expects rather than asking a question, and she’s judgemental of other people based on her own values. Hmmm, I wouldn’t recommend a kind/gentle/open-hearted approach to this one. I would keep it simple and to the point. She sounds the kind of person who will react big time no matter what you say, so I don’t really think there’s any point in trying to cushion the blow with too many niceties. She won’t hear them, she’ll just react. Maybe I’m way off base here, but I’m just going based on what you’ve said so far!
Post # 16
Shu really just sounds like she expects to be in your wedding. I know you don’t want to confront her, but it’s probably best to at least pick up the phone or tell her in person.
Let her know that you are your Fiance are planning to have just 1 person each and you’re terribly sorry she won’t be in it, but now she can relax and enjoy the wedding!