(Closed) My future MIL picked my ring!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sarah_martina:  I’m really unsure of why his mom picked it out?? And why he let her?? Tell him that it is HIS job!!!! It’s crazy that his mom is picking it out. Please post a picture!!!!!!!


I would just show him exactly what you want, if I were in your shoes I would not be happy!! I’m a little picky about these things.

Post # 4
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

this happened to my friend and she hated the ring? her now husband ended up showing her the ring he was going to get and she loved it.  incidentally the ring his mother picked and he bought looked just like her wedding ring….she tried to upstage the bride at every turn including by another dress once she saw the brides and bridesmaids dresses and getting a shawl made that looked like the brides veil….and she and her husband had a “first dance ” at the wedding :/   long story short, he knows you so he should pick the ring on his own

Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Tell him you want to marry him, not his mother. I love my in-laws, but there’s a time and a place.

Post # 6
6738 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

+1 to what everyone said.

Tell him to man up and do his job – pick out the ring for YOU!

Post # 7
4953 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

This would be kinda red flag-ish to me. If he’s letting her pick out the engagement ring, what else is he going to let her pick out? Everything on your registry? Your honeymoon? Your house? Your kids’ names?

Post # 8
2417 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It seems so weird to me that he is letting his mom pick out your ring. To me, that is something either the two of you should decide on or he should pick out on his own.

Post # 9
903 posts
Busy bee

Would really like to see the ring!


I would be upset if he didn’t pick out the ring or didn’t even buy what you showed him you liked … if not the exact ring then something at least close enough! GEESH! Some boys are clueless.

Post # 10
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree with the others.  Major red flags coming up left and right for not only a horrendous Mother-In-Law, but maybe a momma’s boy too?  She should not be picking your ring.  If you already know Fiance is planning on buying you a ring, why not pick it out together so you get something you like?

Give some Mother-In-Law an inch and she will take a mile.  My ex tried to keep his mother in line (she had some psych issues and wouldn’t admit to it) but every other week there was some other treat from the nearest Goodwill in the house, or she would swing by to weed my flower beds and pull up everything I had planted.

Inevitably, it was a great thing we never got married.  Two years of putting up with her was enough.

I hope that’s not the way you feel about your future Mother-In-Law, but might be time for your Fiance to man up and cut the apron strings and make a decision this large on his own.

Post # 11
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

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@mepayne:  +1  This is one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard!!!!  You are marrying HIM, not his mother.  Beyond strange, and in my opinion, not okay at all!  Please talk with him about this.

Post # 12
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

Oh, wow, never heard of this happening…that sounds extremely odd, and yes, sounds like FH is a momma’s boy, sorry! The engagement ring is for you to wear forever and is a symbol of the love you share between the two of you. If he is surprising you with a ring, he should take the care to pay attention to your tastes, not leave it up to his mom to pick it out. My FH & I looked at rings together to see what I liked (although I really had no idea that a proposal was on the horizon; I thought we were just goofing off). I would tell him that you appreciate his respect in his mom selecting the ring, but that you would really like to pick out the ring with him. Maybe she is paying for it and has told him that that is the reason she is picking it out? In that case, I would tell him a simple but beautiful ring would suffice because at the end of the day, the sentiment of the ring is what counts, as long as its from him, not mom.

Post # 13
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

its not being materialistic….to me the ring is a symbol and when your fiance picks out the engagement ring, its perfect because he thought about you WHEN he picked it out…. Now I am sure your fiance probably thinks that a woman’s point of view is better than his but damn a mother? how about one of your friends? or a relative to you who knows what you like? She is choosing what she thinks you should like…This is something for you and him not the entire family. I would have a talk about this before this blows up further. I know you like simple and don’t care if she chooses out a tacky dress, etc., this is a day for you and your significant other and YOU and him should be choosing things out, not the entire family! 

Kinda crazy though that you aren’t even engaged and they are choosing this stuff out…luckily you are relaxed slightly about this, any other person that would freak them out…

Post # 14
4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yuck. Why did she pick it out instead of him? And if he hated it, why did he give it to you? He needs to say “mom, I appreciate your help, but I’d like to go the traditional route and pick out her ring myself.”

Post # 15
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Honestly, this wouldn’t be ok with me.  It seems your Future Mother-In-Law doesn’t know your style and is just picking random rings.  I understand being unique, but you would think she would go a little safer with her choice at least.  I know how you feel though.  My Future Mother-In-Law tried to “help” pick out my ring, but my Fiance cut her off because she was more concerned about what she thought was nice more than what I might have liked. 😐  I would talk with him and ask him if there is a way he can take some of the ideas you have shown him and come up with a ring himself.  If you have sent him examples, he should be able to pick SOMETHING.  I mean, if he can’t do this himself, what else is he going to want others to do for him?

Post # 16
1863 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

To be honest you need to tell him NO. You will not accept a ring that his mother picked out and you are very hurt that he would even be okay with that. What does he say when you talk to him about it?? Why can’t he just shop by himself. And why doesn’t he tell mommy dearest to back off?? You need to draw the line right away before his mom continues stepping into your lives in the future. And, before he allows it to happen. Nip it! 

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