(Closed) Sister can't be happy about my engagement

posted 6 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017


It shouldn’t matter that it’s your second time getting engaged/married, and your sister should be able to be happy for YOU even if she wishes it were her. I’m so sorry your family isn’t sharing in your joy. That’s very hurtful.

Is it possible that your sister is just depressed? Had you asked her to help with planning, or did she just text you that out of the blue?

Post # 3
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m sorry your sister doesn’t sound ultra happy for you. Maybe your sister doesn’t care much about weddings? Did she care about hers? Maybe if you see her and tell her how much this means to you she may react differently. Or she might just be too immature/ selfish to celebrate in your happiness for whatever reason. If so, don’t let this bother you, you can’t change her and maybe she’ll come around in time. 

Ps. My sister couldn’t care less that I’m getting married, the only reason she contacts me it to tell me I’m a bad person, sister etc. I’ve accepted her and her reactions and will be happy to celebrate with others. Sounds like you have some ppeople very happy for you, congrats. I hope things get better with time, maybe the shock of it needs to be processed by your sister? 

Post # 5
1974 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My sister text me about her engagement and put it on Facebook too. I won’t deny that I thought it was pretty crappy. I’d have preferred her to have told me in person, and Facebook is as impersonal as heck. That said, I was over it pretty quickly. So hopefully your sister will be too.

Not everybody is going to be elated for you. People will be happy for you (heck, I’m happy for you!) but it doesn’t mean they’re going to be jumping for joy and dancing on rooftops. Engagement and marriage is all about you. It’s yours. You should be the one jumping for joy. Everyone else? Not so much. It’s completely normal.

You also said yourself that your sister has been through a recent divorce. She may be happy with her boyfriend, but there may also still be some demons under the surface. She’ll come round, just give her time and go easy on her. Don’t expect much.

Enjoy your engagement OP. Try not to dwell on other people’s reactions and just be happy for you. Good luck and congratulations.

Post # 7
921 posts
Busy bee


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howdoiknow:  I assume from your description of how much your sister used to enjoy weddings that she helped out quite a bit at your first wedding? If so I guess it’s fairly reasonable of her to want to let you know asap that she can’t help out this time so that you don’t start planning things to do with her in your head only to be disappointed when you then start suggesting them to her.

That said, I’m sorry that her response was’cool’ rather than something more congratulatory but try to remember that she’s been through a tough time lately and that just because she’s struggling with her stuff doesn’t mean that really she isn’t pleased for you she might just need more time

Post # 8
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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howdoiknow:  Could you and your sister talk on the phone or Skype? I think that would help a lot. You’ll see each other smile, react etc it will give both of you the opportunity to share what’s going on in your lives. 

The ‘cool’ text wasn’t great but I’d be sad if my sis texted me to let me know. I know you said that’s how you guys communicate but an engagement announcement deserves a phone call when you’re miles apart.

Post # 9
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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howdoiknow:  First of all, congratulations on your engagement! Regardless of whether it’s your first or second time around, it’s still exciting for you! It’s a shame that your family doesn’t seem to be on the same page, but don’t let that ruin the fun of it all. 

Like other posters have said, maybe your sister is just in a dark place right now. I would let her know that you’re there for her and avoid wedding talk with her for now. Hopefully in time, whatever’s got her down won’t be as much of an issue and she’ll come back around. Best of luck!

Post # 10
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It sounds like her divorce is still fairly fresh.  It takes a LONG time to get over something like that, and her now being surrounded by your wedding planning stuff could be triggering things for her.  I’m sure she IS happy for you, but she is probably having mixed feelings, even though she is in a new relationship now.

For example my aunt divorced about 7 years ago and at my cousin’s wedding about a year after the divorce, she lost it.  She WANTED to be happy for my cousin, but it triggered her emotions, especially when talking about faithfulness and loyalty in their vows (her ex husband cheated on her for over a year).  She ended up excusing herself and leaving early before the reception even started…and she wasn’t even involved in the wedding!  My point here is please give your sister some slack.

Also a text isn’t very personal and she might have felt like you should have called her with the news.  Texting takes zero effort, but pickiing up a phone does.

Post # 12
8600 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Well hey at least she’s being honest about it. Id just lower your expectations of her as a wedding planning buddy/confidant. Maybe once the dust settles and you can say “hey I know this is hard for you but I really need my sister” and hope that she can be there for you in some capacity. 

Post # 14
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

“No one is going to be as excited about your engagement as you.”

Surprised that hasn’t been mentioned yet. You can’t expect everyone, even your sister, to be over the moon about your engagement.

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