(Closed) More of my meddling FMIL

posted 9 years ago in Family
Post # 3
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Aw that’s a bummer, sorry you have to be put in an uncomfortable position like this!  Have you guys generally explained to her that your after party is not at all formal, there’s no such hosting going on at all, and it’s mostly a friend thing.  I’d certainly leave the option open for them to come if they want, since they were already told about it, but maybe call them individually yourself to explain what the nature of the after party is, and leave it up to them to decide.  If I heard that one of my cousins was having a wedding after party, I’d definitely be interested.  But if they told me that it was primarily a friends-going-out type of event, I’d probably not go and just let them have friend time.  I mean,  you already get such a heavy dose of family for weddings I think it’s fair to try to do something with your pals.  If I were you, I’d just say something along the lines of "Hey we’re glad you’d like to celebrate more, we’ll be out at such-and-such bar with all of our friends who are coming into town, FYI, we’re not hosting or serving anything, we’re just going out blah blah blah."  I bet a lot of them would just choose not to come – obviously your Future Mother-In-Law was giving a skewed picture to them of what the after party would entail (first round on you?!  haha).  Good luck with it though – that’s kind of a hard call.  IF they do end up coming anyway, hopefully you guys will have tons of fun still!

Post # 4
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You could tell her that it is just planned for this small group of friends and the place you are going does not have the capacity for everyone. How many cousins are we talking about? Does your Fiance want his cousins to come?

Post # 5
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’d stick the soon to be hubby on his mom and get him to straighten things out. If you don’t want to have family there you shouldn’t have to. It’s time to de-stress. Let the family do their own thing amongst themselves… tell your fiance to talk to his mom. That is what I would do.

Post # 6
2680 posts
Sugar bee

This may be shady but can you tell her you decided not to have the afterparty and have it with just your friends and not say anything?  Or maybe you can talk to your cousins (or have your Fiance talk to them) and explain the situtation.  Just let them know you are so excited to see them at the wedding, rehearsal and brunch but you are getting togther with a few close friends after and thats it.  Or tell them your friends are taking YOU out so then it would definitely be imposing.

Post # 7
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

I think lagiggle has a good solution, have a small venue for the after party, so only a select few can come!


That is actually what we’re planning, to just have the after party for just ourselves and those we invite (even though etiquette-wise supposedly everyone invited to the reception should be invited to the after party).  But because our families are mostly stuffy and boring, and don’t know my Fiance and I like to have fun (a.k.a. have more than 1 or 2 drinks and do something other than sit around and chat about nothing), we’re limiting the after party how we want.  We’re going to include a separate invite with the regular invites, a kinda cheesy but fun "After Party Golden Ticket", and just put them in the invitations for our friends. And we’re holding it on the first floor of our two story bridal suite, so it can’t be a huge party, which is our back up plan for if any of our friends let it spill about the after party to those not invited.  We’re just doing pizza and wings and a make your own cocktail bar and beers, nothing that crazy, just a more private party for my Fiance and I to relax after the reception.


I say just reiterate to your Future Mother-In-Law and the cousins that it’s just a small get together with a couple close friends, to relax after the big party, and you’d rather just keep it simple and small.  Hopefully everyone will get the hint.

Post # 8
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree you should ask your Fiance to talk to his family and explain that they took it out of context and its only an intimate affair with your friends.  Make sure he mentions that its not a family thing.

Post # 9
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Why is your Future Mother-In-Law always calling YOU to tell you these things?  Is it because if she told your Fiance he would have shot that down?  Again, and as always, your Fiance needs to tell his mom that she is not the wedding coordinator, and she needs to STOP INVITING PEOPLE TO YOUR EVENTS.  Especially saying things like "Oh yeah, they’ll pay for the first round!"  WTF?  I would also stop telling your Future Mother-In-Law your plans.  Clearly she’ll keep doing this (for the rest of your lives!) unless you only tell her what’s up after it’s gone down (did you get that?).  If she’s not invited, she doesn’t need to know until after it has happened.  Don’t tell her anything!  And Fiance better tell her to UNINVITE the cousins, because if this is a SMALL shindig with buddies, you shouldn’t feel obligated to inform people who were never invited by you and Fiance in the first place!

Post # 11
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I would call your Future Mother-In-Law back and tell her that you appreciate her help in trying to get the word out, but that everyone that is invited already knows about it. Tell her that you know that she understands how difficult it is to make everyone feel special and for that reason you and your Fiance have invited a very select small number of people to share a drink with you after the ceremony. It is not a party and not open to additional invites.

 I would then personally call the people that she has invited and tell them how much they mean to you and your Fiance and thank them for being willing to come to the after party. Tell them that your Future Mother-In-Law misunderstood and that you are not actually having an afterparty per say, but that you had made arrangements to have a private drink with certain friends following the ceremony that had been especially helpful to you during the planning process. Just a quick little thing for only a few people outside of the family.

Then tell them that you would love to spend time with them and have a family style get to gether after you get back from your honeymoon and that when you begin planning that they will be the first to know.

After all of that, please smack your Fiance on the back of the head and tell him to grow up. Honey, problems like this don’t generally get better with time. He either will grow a set and be a man or he won’t. You need to know which it is before you say I Do.

Good luck!

Post # 12
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018


After all of that, please smack your Fiance on the back of the head and tell him to grow up. Honey, problems like this don’t generally get better with time. He either will grow a set and be a man or he won’t. You need to know which it is before you say I Do.


Great advice. I agree 100%. You need to let him know that it’s time to tell her mother to BACK OFF. Good Luck. She sounds like a dream. @@ You poor thing!

Post # 13
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I 7th or 8th or whatever all the people who are saying that you should not be dealing this.  Let alone so close to your wedding. Sorry to be blunt, but Fiance needs to "man up" and let your Future Mother-In-Law know that you’re going to be his wife v. soon, he’s going to be a husband, and you both will be making decisions together.  Seriously, this will not get better after you’re married, and it’s something that you need to work out.  I don’t know if you both went through pre-marital counseling, but it might be worth it afterward.  This isn’t about you having a bad realtionship, it’s about learning tools to make a better marriage.

All that aside, though, I think it would be hard to un-invite the cousins now, as they are probably looking forward to it.  but the "drink on the couple" is waaaaaaaay out of line.  I think your Fiance needs to explain to your Future Mother-In-Law that you simply don’t have it in your budget to pay for that, and weren’t planning to do that.  Hopefully Future Mother-In-Law will step up and offer to pay rather than put you in a situation where word needs to get out that the plan has changed.  If Future Mother-In-Law is that much of a meddler (and one who used to pay his phone bill for him), then hopefully he can flat out ask her to do that.  It seems like the least awkward way of doing it.  If the point of going out was friend time, I’m sure after the first drink or two the cousins will figure it out and leave anyway.  It might not be such a bad way to get to know them also.

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