Post # 1
Does anyone else have this problem? I have only one sibling, my younger sister. She is my Maid/Matron of Honor. She lives far away so has basically helped with nothing for the wedding. Sometimes I will email her about advice on what song to pick etc, and she doesnt reply. I text her and ask her can you please respond. Nothing. I get nothing. Always! She is so frustrating! I wish I had a normal relationship with sisters who like to talk to each other and go shopping together. I wasn’t blessed with such a sister. I will just be happy when this wedding is over and I wont have to talk to her for anything.
Post # 3
How old is she? I’ve kind of got the same problem with my younger sister who’s 14 and will be my Maid/Matron of Honor. She’s better now because our wedding is coming up soon, but it’s a pain to get her to do ANYTHING labour-intensive. Have you tried to talk to her? I did that, and it seemed to help a little.
Post # 4
She is 26, so certainly not immature. She hasnt done anything for the wedding which I didnt expect her to since she lives for far away and can’t be here. But at least she could respond to a measly email. Frustration!
Post # 5
We all want that picture perfect sisterly relationship with our sisters, but the fact is, we are all still individuals and just cause youre sisters doesnt mean your personalities willl mesh and you’ll be best of friends. Sorry you guys arent closer and things w.her arent more close and fun.
Post # 6
I’m sorry this is so frustrating and that you cannot share in the happiness of your day with your sister, try though you may. I feel this way toward my mom. Do you think perhaps that something might be wrong in your sister’s life and that is keeping her from responding to you? What do you think is causing her to react this way?
Regarding the help you need, though, are you wishing to just plow ahead and continue with her as your Maid/Matron of Honor or do you really need a Maid/Matron of Honor who can help you out? If you need help, would you consider talking to her and letting her opt out of the Maid/Matron of Honor role? Perhaps you can talk to her and offer a deadline to get back to you and if you don’t hear from her by that date pick a different Maid/Matron of Honor. That ought to get her to respond. 😉
Post # 7
I am sorry you are going through this. Sometimes people get so busy in their own lives that the barely have time to care
Post # 8
I think the problem may be that it is easy to judge our relationships with family and others based on what we see in movies etc.
The reality is that there are very few “functional” families.
There is no happy family that lives in a Cape Cod house with a white picket fence.Most of us grew up and still exist in “dysfunctional” families. We have our coping techniques but sometimes they don’t help as much as we want.
The solution may be lowering your expectations so that your sisiter can be who she is- not you trying to fit her into some mold or image of the perfect sister.
Post # 9
I dont feel my expecations are too high. All I ask is when I email her about something or just filling in on day to day things and nothing serious, that she could respond to me. The last time I seen her in person was two years ago since we live far apart. The only time we talk is through email, so all I ask is for her to respond to me. Its not like I’m asking for an instant response. She NEVER replies. I can email her and months go by with nothing. I do not feel that asking for a response is asking her to fit into some mold I have created for her asking her to be someone she is not.
Post # 10
She clearly is not someone who responds to your emails. You can’t change that. You can only change your reaction to her lack of response and involvement with you.
Post # 11
@julies1949:I agree. Its hard to change a person’s actions, so you will have to change what you do.
@LaDollyVita:But I know what you mean, this is important to you and your sister is not helping. I am sorry. Can you call her on the phone. I know this is a childish response but can you get your mom involved? Maybe?
Post # 12
Yea, my sister lives 10 hours away. She is my Maid/Matron of Honor because I love her, and remember the days when we actually spoke to each other. Now we text every few months about random things. But I’ve never had that sister relationship that a lot of my friends have. She facebooked me once to ask about wedding plans and how they were going. I told her a few details and she was like, “Great! Well I know it’s exciting, and have fun planning”. I was satisfied 🙂 I guess the difference here is that I don’t expect her to do anything or help me in anyway. She’s too far away and she has 3 kids to take care of. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not wrong for you to expect your sister to help you or be excited. I just am not disappointed in her because I don’t have any expectations. Sometmes I wish we were closer (physically and emotionally), but you get what you get I guess. I am very close to my brother and mother and so that has been a blessing! Also, my Future Sister-In-Law has been very excited about the whole wedding. She seems to be the only one on his side that asks for details, is planning a shower for me, or cares in general. God bless her! 🙂
Post # 13
My sister is my Maid/Matron of Honor too and she lives in Oklahoma, while I live in Iowa. I only get to see her about once a year. She is 10 years older than me. She hasn’t helped me out but that is only because she lives so far. We are super duper close, I just never get to see her. On the other hand my mom lives 20minutes away and we never talk/she never has any interest in my wedding it seems. I know how you feel in that sense. Do you think that you could call her instead of just emailing her so that way she can not just keep avoiding your questions. Maybe you could ask her if she really truly wants to be your moh. If she doesn’t seem to care that much than maybe you could ask a very close friend to be instead. Your sister should understand if you guys are not that close anyway.