(Closed) Need advice from Bees who have been there with FMIL

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah I think it’s wrong that she is forcing her design on you and using the excuse that you want to be part of the family as justification.  I’m sorry I don’t have new advice but if she isn’t listening to your Fiance, you might just have to talk to her yourself which may not end well.

Post # 4
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I understand how you feel.  I think everyone has different ideas and yes she is just trying to help.  Be happy that she’s showing an interest in the wedding planning at all. Some people don’t get anyone’s interest.  Having said that.  Try giving her a task to take care of that won’t matter if she buys the right color.  For example, if you are having a candy bar… ask her to keep an eye out for some glass containers.  Then show her a picture so she knows what you mean.  Or see if she would focus on the rehearsal dinner or a bridesmaid luncheon.  And let her know that if she could take care of those things she’ll be helping out a lot.

Post # 5
173 posts
Blushing bee

As far as I’m concerned, if someone isn’t paying then they shouldn’t have that strong of a say (i.e. demand) in what YOU do. It’s you and your fiance’s day and you are the ones paying, therefore I think the decisions should ultimately be yours.  There’s nothing wrong with making suggestions and throwing around creative ideas but demands and such should not be tolerated.  Hope you all find a way to work through this.  🙂

Post # 7
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Is there any way you can just avoid telling her what you’re planning, thinking about, and looking at? Would it be too mean for you to answer her questions with “I’m working on it” or “I already took care of it” so that she has no direction to go in?

Post # 8
173 posts
Blushing bee

Gotcha – maybe you can just say stuff like, “thanks for the ideas, I’ll think about it/take it into consideration?”  As for things she’s already purchased – can you say that you had a very precise vision and will be taking care of that on your own?  As I typed this, I see Glowawber had a very similiar suggestion.  🙂

Post # 9
1207 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I agree with pp, don’t discuss any wedding stuff with her further.  Make bland statements like, “I haven’t decided yet.”  “I’m still thinking about it.”  “Thanks for the suggestion, I haven’t really thought about that yet.” etc.  That way you don’t give her a jumping off point.  I agree with you about using the stuff she already bought, but maybe you can jazz up the gold table clothes with a blue runner?

Post # 10
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

So sorry you’re going through that. I felt my shoulders tighten as I was reading your post.

I think it’s to the point where a discussion can’t be avoided, but I would recommend the importance of a three-way discussion between you, your fiance, and your future mother-in-law.  Also, you’ll want to make sure you and your fiance are really on the same page so that you can join in a unified front.

Once that’s done, my best suggestion is to simply stop sharing ideas with her.  If you don’t want her opinion — which it seems you now know you’ll get — then don’t allow yourself to be in such a position.  If she asks a question on what you have planned, maybe tell her she should enjoy the anticipation of being surprised along with other guests.  Maybe then she’ll gently get the message.

Good luck!

Post # 11
36 posts

It seems like everyone has given you really great advice and it’s great that your fiance is standing up for you.  The only thing I have to add is that when your fiance does stand up for you he should say “mom this is OUR wedding” rather than “mom this is HER wedding.”  This way it is less of a battle between you and your Future Mother-In-Law and more about what you and your fiance want for your wedding.  I hope everything works out!

Post # 12
322 posts
Helper bee

This is one battle I hope never to face… I totally sympathize with you and your Fi as well! I’m sure I absolutely wouldn’t be as gracious as you are about it… Tongue out

I would advise that since you are paying for it, go ahead and do things the way YOU want to. Anything that doesn’t fit your wedding ideas, doesn’t become a part of the wedding. Place online ads for the things which do not form a cohesive part of your theme. After one or two instances of this, your Future Mother-In-Law should get the hint.

If she confronts you about it, let her know that you had informed her you had a specific style in mind/ you had asked her not to buy it/ you were making your own already and despite that she wanted to go ahead and buy it anyway.If she felt she wanted to needlessly spend her money, thats her call to make.

Seems to me she wasn’t trying to help, just trying to push HER vision of what your wedding should be like onto you. And even if your ideas don’t work, its still “your mistake” to make. Don’t be browbeaten into keeping the peace while she runs around playing the victim card.

I know what I’ve advised is a little ruthless, but it seems she is being thoroughly inconsiderate of your feelings and you have been very patient with her so far, despite her running all over your plans for your wedding. Stand firm on your convictions by politely, kindly and FIRMLY explaining to her that those items were not what you wanted, but now that she has bought them anyway you plan to recoup the loss by putting the money from the sale towards what you really want.

Post # 14
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

This is so tough.  Any Future Mother-In-Law issue or Mother-In-Law issue is a struggle because of the delicate balance that she is your family now but you don’t want to be walked all over.  I was having some major issues before the wedding and was so angry, frustrated and hurt, but that is a whole different story.

I’d encourgage you to maybe talking with your Future Mother-In-Law like others suggested.  I think avoiding talking about specifics with her may help.  Or if you are doing any DIY purchase the supplies yourself and then have a DIY/Craft time with her just helping.  That way she feels included, is helping you but didn’t make any of the decsions.  So basically I really need help with the putting together of ____ so she is still included.  Another job would be something like the rehearsal dinner or another event. 

Even though he is frustrated, I’d encourage your Fiance to talk to his mom.  At the end of the day she is his mom and she will probably be less defensive with him and he can stand up to her.  I really struggled with standing up to my Mother-In-Law because I new the relationship was “more delicate” while his relationship with her was unconditional no matter what was said.  It is so important that he sets boundaries not just for the wedding but for your life after.  You don’t want her to continue to intrude and want to enjoy the relationship.  Even though it was so hard for Mr. Ducky he really worked with his mom, had some tough discussions and set boundaries and in the end the wedding day was perfect she loved all the details she at one time complained about and the relationship has been really healthy since then. 

I hope things go better.  Keep us updated. 

Post # 15
30 posts

AVOID HER!  I am serious.  I had to do this with someone in my wedding party and so far it’s worked! Don’t asnwer her phone calls or emails. When she buys stuff just say “thanks!”  and put it in a closet or sell it in the classifieds.  When she asks you what you’re working on BE VAGUE.  If she presses you for answers why don’t you give her a taste of her own medicine and play the crying victim, hide in th bathroom and play tetris on your cell phone. On the day of the wedding assault her with nail, massage and hair appointments to keep her occupied.  Send your friends to decorate.  What is she going to do when she walks into the reception and everything is yours and all her friends are complimenting her on how crafty and creative you are?  She’s gonna smile and act like she was on board all along. 

Post # 16
34 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Having a Mother-In-Law that is pushy, outspoken, and harsh is no joke.  I, unfortunately, have been dealing with such a person for the last seven years… so I understand your situation.  I think it is important for you to stand up for yourself.  Be prepared though, if you do confront her with her rather RUDE behavior, she will deny, deny, deny.  These “gifts” that she is purchasing for YOUR big day have strings attached, and you do not have to accept every gift you receive. 

I agree with the other ladies that you should avoid giving her any more details and give her a special task.  This will get her off your back and still make her feel important and special.  My Mother-In-Law loves to take pictures so I asked her to capture all of our wedding weekend events… it kept her busy and she took some great pictures that I probably wouldn’t have had! 

Although I didn’t accept every idea or gift she offered, I knew some key ideas were important to her and I tried to incorporate those into the wedding.  For example, when Tim and I first got engaged, Mother-In-Law had given us a figurine that “we could use as our cake topper!!”  I thought it was lovely, but I had already had a cake topper in mind, so I displayed the figurine on the guestbook table… she was so pleased. 

Your story reminds me a lot of my own… respect her, but do not cave to her demands.  Remember it is you and your FH’s big day… include others, but make it special for you! 

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