(Closed) Is my bridemaid being selfish?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Is there a point when enough is enough?
    No, be there for your friend and don't highlight it : (12 votes)
    24 %
    Maybe, see how things develop and just mention it if it worsens : (16 votes)
    33 %
    Yes, I would have already nipped this in the bud! : (21 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    9630 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    @Idealistic_hippy28:  she is talking about her own wedding? is she even engaged or with anyone? if she isn’t with anyone don’t let this go, move this talk back to YOUR wedding which is REAL and coming up, not just dreamy imaginings, for somepoint in the future!

    Post # 4
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Idealistic_hippy28:  Seems like she wants nothing more than a wedding for herself and shes not getting one therefore perpetually talking about it will have to suffice for now. 

    At this point though I think I would have already pissed her off by telling her to shut up already. 

    I think what you wrote above is right along the lines of what you should tell her.  This is your wedding and you’d love her support and complete attention to your wedding. 

    Maybe even put it in perspective by saying when you get married would you like for me to non stop talk about my own wedding or to focus on you?

    Post # 5
    420 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I think it’s pretty likely that she’s still got some issues/insecurities about either her past breakup or (more likely IMO) she’s starting to doubt if she’ll ever get married herself.  Maybe it’s a bit of jealousy too?  I think you should cut her a little slack, but also make a stronger attempt to steer the conversation back to your wedding.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure how I would word things, but maybe you should try to tell her that you’re excited to hear her ideas for her own wedding, you also need to convey the details of your wedding to her.  Maybe allow for some “you time” and also some “her time” for wedding stuff when you do talk about weddings?  That would be a suitable compromise I think.  Maybe helping you plan your wedding is giving her ideas about how she’d like to do her wedding someday and since you’re her friend, she’s telling you all the details and just getting a bit carried away?  If you guys are close friends, my guess is that she doesn’t even realise how much she’s de-railing the conversations you’re trying to have.  A gentle reminder that you do need to discuss things about your day might be all she needs.  🙂

    ETA: I didn’t vote, because you don’t have an option that conveys what I’m thinking.  I think you need to gently bring it up so that the convo is more focused on you, but also allow her some time to talk about her potential wedding too.

    Post # 6
    11752 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Clearly she has issues. No normal person would do something like this! I say be there for her for now and assume she really has some hurt going on fromher breakup.  Maybe gently mention it to her and ask her about it in an “im worried about you are you okay” way…

    Post # 7
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I wouldn’t let anyone go on for hours about their hair and makeup, whether they were planning a wedding or not.   Honestly, I think I would just put the wedding talk on hold for a while with her.

    Post # 8
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    ‘Should I just let this go and realise that she is maybe feeling a bit sensitive about it all underneath’

    op i think you got it spot on with this statement. 

    Post # 9
    1294 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    This is clearly just jealousy on her part and I feel bad that she is feeling that way.. but honestly you are right, it is your day and she should not be bringing her personal issues (jealousy and insecurities) into it as much as she is. It is too much if you have it on your mind while trying to organize so many other things. You need her to be supportive and available to you and although I understand that it may be difficult or hurt her feelings, what you wrote above to say to her is absolutely not unreasonable, I feel that you have put up with enough of it already. 

    Post # 11
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    This would make me insane.  She’s clearly jealous which is making it impossible for her to be happy for you.  I dunno how to fix this but I’d def try and tell her that you need her to be there for you.

    Post # 12
    36 posts
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It sounds like your friend is jealous and prioritizing herself at your expense. There comes a point when she needs to get over the past events and friends need to go from sympathetially allowing her to do as she pleases (in your case disregarding the real wedding) and go to a point of speaking to her about realistic goals. Perhaps gently saying, the wedding is nearing and you’d appreciate her input about your day, so you can finish off some of the planning. If she still persists perhaps addressing that although you’d love to plan her day, right now its crunch time to get yours in order. Hopefully she gets the point sooner than later. Good luck!:)



    Post # 13
    5963 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Oh dear, it sounds like your friend is really quite sad and unable to be happy for you.  Surround yourself with the people that give you what you need just now and leave your friend with her fantasy.  A confrontation will just drive you farther apart, and upset the both of you, while yielding no consrtuctive result.  Not everyone can see their friends joy and sincerely celebrate it with them, if you have a friend that can, focus on them.

    Post # 14
    3121 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My best friend went through a hard time, as well.  Her boyfriend actually told her he had been cheating on her the DAY AFTER we got engaged.  The beginning of our engagement actually was centered around helping her out of her funk.

    Again, this is my best friend in the world.  I KNOW that our engagement and wedding was met with mixed-up feelings for her.  She was over the moon happy for me, but couldn’t help but be jealous. 

    At the end of the day she stepped up to everything…the bachelorette, shower, and wedding.  Unforunately, she couldn’t be there for me on the day-to-day discussions.  My other BMs were my sounding board and that’s OK.  She just couldn’t talk about it day in and day out…it was hard but I had to understand.  ‘

    Honestly, we’re no worse for the wear.  It was tough at first, but as they say around here, “you get one day” and she was there for me for more than that, but not quite what I would have expected.  I blame the douchy ex, not her.

    Just give her space, go to her on the most important and just be to-the-point and don’t leave it up for discussion. 

    Post # 15
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Mars62312:  I agree with this. I don’t think you can have these talks with her because she wants to focus on anything but the reality of your wedding.

    Post # 16
    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    As a girl who is waiting and who was also a Maid/Matron of Honor July 14th, I can’t help but relate a tiny bit to your friend. Of course her discussing details ad nauseum is ridiculous. But I know for me I’ve found it sooo hard because I was helping my friend and researching/discussing/planning her wedding and you can’t HELP but imagine the things you will do when it is your turn. She probably doesn’t realize she is doing it and if you say “focus on me, I’m actually having a wedding” it might come across as insensitive/bridezilla-y. In my sitch, my friend was eager to know what I’d do because I’m suuuuch a planner and she isn’t. So we probably talked about my ideas more than we should’ve. Maybe approach it by giving her specific tasks/timelines if you need help. Or as others have suggested, maybe use your other BMs as a sounding board. I don’t think it means she isn’t happy for you! Just another perspective : )


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