(Closed) Putting the wedding off…?

posted 12 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Put them in a room together, explain that you cannot be the decision maker when in making a decision you unavoidably hurt someone that you love very much.  Make them talk out their different opinions face to face instead of avoiding the confrontation by laying it on your shoulders.  Maybe they don’t realize the jeopardizing position that you’re in.  Have they talked to each other about it?  (I realize this suggestion may be way easier said than done depending on your FI’s relationship with your parents.)

Post # 4
1481 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think you should have a family meeting with everyone including your parents and fiance. You are stuck in the middle a little because your parents are paying and you dont have a job so you cant pay for the wedding. But again weddings are about money but marriage is not…its about love. And I say that if you want to be married on your date, get married…but maybe have the "wedding" at a later date when you can all afford to have such a big party. Good luck to you.

Post # 5
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

Are you currently in school or simply out of work?

Post # 6
21 posts

I think it’s very insensitive of both sides to make you choose. How can you side with your parents over your fiance and vice versa? That’s like when parents get a divorce and ask the kid who they want to live with. I think you should do what you want to do and both sides should respect your desicion. This really is between you and your fiance unless your parents are worried that they will financially be supporting you both. Then I could see their concern. But in that case, you can assure them that you will both find a way to be self sufficient. Good luck!

Post # 7
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with the above advice – ideally you should get the family and your Fiance together and discuss this. But if you can’t, or even before then, I would tell them both that they’re putting you under a lot of stress and it’s not fair that they’re forcing you to choose between the two of them. They may not be completely aware of the position you are being put in.

Finally, I see what your Fiance wants, and what your parents want, but what plan do YOU want? I think you need to think over what you’d prefer (assuming you could do either without grief from others) and start building from there. Good luck!

Post # 8
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I’m so sorry you’re in this position.  I wonder how long you’ve both been out of work.  How likely it is to easily find a job.  How much you already have saved.

You said you see both sides.  I do too. On the one hand, your parents are right.  It will be difficult for both of you if there is no income.  And are they worried you’ll be moving in with them?  Or eventually moving in with them?  What will you do without income?  On the other hand there are plenty of families already married, who are right now facing no income.  Yet they are still married, and trying to figure things out.  Also, what if you cancel and he finds a job in 3-4 months?  Do you have to start over and plan the wedding for an entire year from then?  Perhaps your Fiance is speaking with ultimatums out of his own frustration and insecurities.  What your parents are saying about him not supporting you, is maybe what he’s feeling too.  Just a guess on my part , but I think sometimes being out of a job hits men harder than women, some sort of masculinity thing. 

He certainly thinks your mom is strong arming you.  So maybe the first thing is to make up our own mind on whether to marry with the lack of income.   For me, I might be likely to wait, even though I wouldn’t wan to.  But that would depend on how easily he could get a job (or me.)  Good luck.  Keep us posted.

Post # 10
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Given that money issues are one of the biggest reasons for divorce, I can see why your parents are worried.  You’re proposing to marry a man who has no job and lives with his parents.  You also have no job.  When you do marry, he will need to begin paying off his debt, and there is no money for that.  Additionally (and you may not have thought of this) neither of your parents will be able to carry you on their insurance once you’re no longer students, so with no insurance yourselves you will be responsible for the full price of any medical bills that you have.  I would be worried too – really worried.

And honestly, your Fiance is being unfair, and more than a little manipulative, and pretty immature.  He is never going to talk to your mother again?  How is that a reasonable threat?  

Seriously, unless you think that living with your husband in his childhood bedroom in his parents’ house is going to be a great way to start a marriage, I would think really hard about your mom’s advice.  If your relationship is meant to last, waiting a few months isn’t going to damage it in any way.  And I would maybe try to talk to your Fiance in practical terms about a few of the things you haven’t mentioned here – like where exactly are you going to live?  How does he plan to pay off his debt?  How will the two of you support yourselves?  I would think that you would want to know.  Possibly the answers to some of these questions will help you with your decision.

Post # 11
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I feel for you.  I was there.  Not so much with the parent v. Fiance thing, but I was losing my job (it was a long-term temp job) and he didn’t have one at all.  It was terrifying.  We together sat down and came to an agreement: if one of us couldn’t find a full time job, or at least a temp to hire job (we were both temps at the time) by April 1, we’d push it back.  My parents ended up offering us their downstairs bedroom/bathroom for us to live in until we got our feet under us, just in case.  Luckily, Fiance got a permanent job, so we’re still getting married.

But based on your position, I’m kind of worried for you.  Your parents make an excellent point.  Neither of you have jobs, and your debts will start being collected once you get married.  It would be one thing if you had a job and he didn’t, but you’re both unemployed, and that’s not a good position to be in.  At all.  Your Fiance is also acting scarily controlling: he wants you to cut your parents out of your life just because he disagrees with their viewpoint.

Here’s the thing: your parents are paying for it.  What if they refuse to pay, since you two can’t really start a marriage with no income at all?  In your current state, you can’t pay for it yourself.  You need to sit down and talk, all four of you, to figure out a plan of action.  The one that worked for us was that we had until the invitations needed to be printed to find a job, and if we didn’t, we pushed it back.  No harm, no foul.

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