Should we invite finance's aunt to our wedding?

posted 9 months ago in Family
Post # 2
13326 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, you should invite her.  She is family.  She seemed to be really interested in helping your wedding and, yes, maybe she overstepped her bounds, but now she’s clearly really hurt with how things turned out.  

If it were me, I’d be the bigger person and reach out to her now.  I would also send her an invitation to the wedding and genuinely hope that she would attend. 

Post # 3
3588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018


Post # 4
1274 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You should invite her. Don’t stoop to her level of pettiness.

Post # 5
10688 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

How do FI’s parents feel about her being invited? If the family connection and the history is quite important to the in laws, I’d be the bigger person and let her look like the one throwing a tantrum. 

Post # 6
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’d still invite her to the wedding,  yes she’s overstepped boundaries and is having an tantrum,  but she doesn’t seem to have done something horrible enough to warrant not being invited. But what really matters is if fi wants to invite her.

Just know that she’s still family and not inviting her will probably cause a lot of family drama.  Plus,  if fi was close to her,  he’ll probably be bummed that she missed his wedding because of a conflict with you. 

Post # 7
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Still invite her. But maybe ask Fiance to speak with his parents. Maybe the brother/sister can get her to mind her own business

Post # 8
1707 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

caparker :  consider it a blessing that she isn’t responding to you and being an ass. Let her be an ass. Do not get on her level. Do not engage. And don’t uninvite her. Yes, she’s being a petty a&&hole but that doesn’t mean you have to be a petty a**hole too. 

Good luck to you!

Post # 9
863 posts
Busy bee

I think you should invite her. It seems like it will mean a lot to her daughters if they are there. Give her time and hopefully she will come to the shower. As others bees have mentioned, maybe he can have his parents speak to her. 

We didn’t invite one of DHs aunt to our wedding because of drama with my Mother-In-Law. I really regretted it. Because she wasn’t invited, his cousin (her daughter) didn’t come either. And now, almost a year later his aunt still isn’t speaking to him. In my opinion it wasn’t worth it. 

Post # 10
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

caparker :  She is his aunt. Although that’s close family, it’s not like her role is typically involved in the wedding itself like the his mom would be. Treat her like you would any other guest. Invite her to the wedding, but she doesn’t get a say in ANY of the planning because she is a GUEST not a HOST. It’s up to her to decide if she wants to come or not. If she doesn’t, no sweat. If she does, again, treat her like your other guests. Make sure you greet her and thank her for coming but continue doing your thing your way. 

The exception to this would be cases where the aunt has been somewhat of a maternal figure for him growing up, in which case you could either treat her as a mother of the groom (if mom isn’t in the picutre) or use recommendations for incorporating stepmothers into the wedding as inspiration. 

Post # 11
2261 posts
Buzzing bee

I am curious about these rules.

Post # 12
8 posts

From your post I thought she had already been invited? I would not uninvite her based on what you have shared. But I also would absolutely not give in to her demands. Depending on what the other incidents and rules are that you mention (but you have have not told us details of) I could change my mind.

I have close friends with family members who cannot be in their lives due to their dangerous actions. So I agree that being family is not always enough to maintain a relationship.

Is there a reason she is behaving like this? Is this how she always is with everything? Did she help raise FI? I guess I would suggest following your FI’s lead on this. You say he is pretty done with her? What does he want? If she has hurt him badly enough that he no longer wants her at the wedding then it must have been pretty bad. Equally if he wants to have her at the wedding but keep more distance in the relationship going forward then that seems reasonable too. 

Post # 13
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Yes you should.

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