Mom threatening not to come to my wedding

posted 10 months ago in Family
Post # 2
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

Don’t let her blackmail you. Don’t accept her money. Don’t consult her about anything. Have the wedding you and your fiance want. Her not coming would probably improve everything, but she’ll show up in the end, after tormenting you about it if you let her.

I’m sorry your mother won’t give you the loving, cooperative mother/daughter experience you long for, but she won’t. She only does Mother In Charge, It’s All About Mom.

Move. Way. Back.

Post # 3
2892 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

sweetarts445 :  That’s pretty shitty of her, but I would not give into any demands that go against what you and your fiance want. It’s your wedding, if you dont agree with certain rituals/traditions then you don’t do them.

Do you think your mom would really not come to the wedding or is she just making threats to get what she wants?

Also, what do you mean in regards to “sponsors”?

Post # 4
146 posts
Blushing bee

Sorry that your mother is making your and your fiancé’s day about her. She had her day now it’s time for your day. I say call her bluff and do not share any wedding planning details. Not the venue, the food, the guest list; share nothing with your mother. She sounds like she will complain about everything unless you do what she wants. Also decline the $1000 from your parents. I would rather find a way to cut costs than “owe” someone like your mother anything  It’s not a gift if strings are attached. If decides not to come that her decision and hers alone. 

Post # 5
1216 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

sweetarts445 :  This woman has no boundaries. The next time she attempts to call the shots on something you’re not comfortable with, tell her simply and firmly that it’s your wedding, and you just do not want to do x,y,z. If she says she’s not coming (as tough as it may be), tell her that’s too bad and she’ll be missed. With NPD, it doesn’t matter if they’re family- they don’t get to stomp on your fences. It’s just harder when it’s family. If strings are attached with the money situation, it may be worth it to you to say thanks but no thanks- and figure out something else. 

Post # 7
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Lol I love how the most confusing part of this post is about sponsors rather than her villianous mother.

Bee, is your event an advertisement for vendors? Are they paying you to display their stuff? 

Post # 8
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I think sponsors is a cultural thing – I vaguely remember reading something about it before. 

Post # 9
363 posts
Helper bee

sweetarts445 :  Do what you want, let her simmer and refuse to come. Enjoy your life, remove the toxic people from it.

Post # 10
2456 posts
Buzzing bee

Don’t negotiate or engage with people who are emotional terrorists.  

Post # 11
115 posts
Blushing bee

No matter how complicated your relationship with your mother is, you would be very unhappy if she wasn’t at your wedding. Trust me. Write a list of all the issues that are up in the air. Ask her out to lunch just the two of you. Say “Mom, I know you would like some things to be part of our wedding.” Why don’t you pick the 3 most important things on this list that are important to you. Give her a victory and a compromise. Then say, “there are other things here that my fiance and I want to pick.” Can you give us the respect and trust that our wedidng will be beautiful and classy? We want you to be a part of things but we are finding our way as a couple and need to make decisions together. Then stick to this. Mothers have feelings about being cast aside that are not always rational.



Post # 12
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

If your mom really is a narcissist – You can’t make a narcissist happy. They THRIVE on manipulation. Once they do get what they want, they start in on something else. They’re never satisfied because their brains are wired differently than most people’s. Please try not to drain yourself to make her happy because it’ll never end, it’ll just be onto the next manipulation. 

Post # 13
4661 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

sweetarts445 :  I have one of these. My mother threatened to kill herself on multiple occasions (pleaae don’t think I don’t take this seriously it’s just become a littlw tedious as it is her MO).

Darling Husband and I “gave in” to a lot of stuff but still wasn’t enough and never will be. I know it’s easier said than done but you know you’ve done nothing wrong so hold your ground. I also understand that that it’s easy for us to say “don’t take her money” if you’ve already budgeted for it but do consider it. If your mum chooses not to come to your wedding that’s HER choice. I can’t imagine any mother wanting to miss their daughter’s wedding and whilst I wouldn’t suggest calling her bluff per say I would take it with a pinch of salt.

Fwiw my mum didn’t kill herself or try to.

Post # 14
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

sweetarts445 :  My mo mpulled the same thing for the exact same reasons. She threw a huge fit when I told her we were nto having our ceremony in a church.

She screamed, cried, threw a temper tantrum like a child, adamantly refused to attend the wedding and even went so far as to state our marriage would not be a real marriage unless it happened in a church.

I called ehr bluff.

In response to her tantrum I said: “Well, I love you very much, and I would really like to have my mother be there on my wedding day, but I cannot make your choices for you, so I’m sorry you will not be there”.

And now, several months later? She is still upset, still has her idea’s and wants. But understand she does not get to make the decisions. Oh, and she of course is attending the wedding. She never really intended to skip it.

It’s a scare tactic. Call her bluff.

Post # 15
4225 posts
Honey bee

Sponsors? Are you planning to walk down the aisle wearing an advertisement? Your mother is being ridiculous. It’s not her wedding and she’s not paying for it, so her opinion is just an opinion not an order.

She’ll come to the wedding, she’s just throwing a temper tantrum.

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