Sisters just got engaged just before my boyfriend plans to propose

posted 3 months ago in Engagement
Post # 2
6823 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

anon2017 :  

  • I have just heard that my sister has got engaged to her partner this morning and I’m gutted — That’s weird.
  • (but still really pleased for her). — Oh, ok. Well good then.
  • I think there’s a very good chance that my partner will now put off proposing until they are at least married (about a year or so) — OMG, that would be so dumb of him! Like, really crazy dumb.
  • or if he doesn’t and still does propose then I really don’t want to upset my sister. — Why would this upset her? If it does, so what, it shouldn’t.
Post # 3
10013 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

anon2017 :  just talk to your sister. First congratulate her again, assuming you already have. And then in your next convo, tell her that you suspect your SO will be asking you soon as he’s been planning it for a while and you just wanted to give her a heads up. 

Dont act like it’s a big deal, because it really isn’t. Be respectful and thoughtful, but don’t cede an entire year to your sister, that’s ridiculous. 


Post # 4
5308 posts
Bee Keeper

anon2017 :  Honey I’m sorry you’re mom isn’t well (((hugs)))


until I joined weddingbee I never heard so much about thunder stealing in my life! (except on Friends when Monica and Chandler got engaged) This is utter nonsense. One of my best friends and I unknowingly (until after the fact) got engaged on the same day. We were so happy and excited for each other that if anything it added to the whole specialness of the time. Be happy for your sister but don’t put your own life on hold.

Post # 5
986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

anon2017 :  Never put your life on hold because of other people. Your sister’s engagement has nothing to do with yours. Her wedding has nothing to do with yours. You can be happy for each other, while also enjoying your own moment. No thunder stealing. Get engaged in 3 weeks, as planned. 

And so sorry to hear about your mother – you and your sister should both be able to get married and have your mom there. xoxo

Post # 6
12670 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m glad you’re happy for your sister, and I’m sure she’ll be happy for you.  Once your partner proposes, perhaps you and your sister can go out for coffee/drinks to celebrate together, and maybe discuss timelines.  Maybe she wants a longer engagement or a quick elopment.  You’ll never know until you talk to her.  Don’t try to make your weddings a competition, be gracious and happy for her, and everything will be fine.

Post # 7
1143 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Are you even close to your sister? The fact that you say you ‘heard’ she got engaged seems strange.

Its several weeks apart so I don’t see the big deal and waiting until after her wedding seems ridiculous. 

Post # 8
317 posts
Helper bee

Honestly bee I think your SO should go ahead with his proposal as planned. It’s really nice that you are considerate of your sister but waiting till after they’re married is crazy! 

Post # 9
45747 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is enough happiness to go around.

Post # 10
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve never really understood this. What does their relationship have to do with yours? I’ll answer that question. It has literally nothing to do with yours. So get engaged, get married, pop some kids out. Live your life and stop worrying about other people! It’s really a simple concept if you think about it 

Post # 11
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

 this is not a zero-sum game.  Be happy together.

Post # 12
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

anon2017 :  Are you kidding? Why would you put your engagement on hold? Life does not work that way. Your boyfriend can still propose.


Post # 13
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

My DH proposed early last year. My sister and her FI were in the process of buying a house at the time, but we all knew they were planning to get engaged soon as well. He proposed near the end of the year. We were both equally happy for each other, and I didn’t feel like they were stealing our thunder. I think that would be an odd reaction on your sister’s part; you should both be happy for each other. If you’re nervous about it, talk to your sister and see how she responds.

Post # 14
648 posts
Busy bee

anon2017 :  That makes  absolute zero sense. Don’t put your life on hold to space out life events with other people. It’s not like you’re getting married on the afternoon of her morning weddingS

Also, I don’t think talking to your sister about this is even necessary. First, what if your boyfriend doesn’t even propose any time soon? Second, what if your sister, for some ridiculous reason, does get upset and forbid you from getting engaged—will you listen to her?

For what it’s worth, even if let’s say in some bizarro world you HAD to arbitrarily space out engagements between all the sisters/female cousins/friends/coworkers in your life, well your boyfriend was the one who had been planning for a while which your family knew of. If anything, your sister’s boyfriend’s sudden proposal would have been the one that came out of nowhere and would have been considered “rude.”

Stop worrying and putting so much importance into this. In fact, it would be rude of other people to tell you to wait over something so ridiculous.

Post # 15
1282 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I also unknowingly had a friend get engaged the same day as me. It didn’t have a negative effect on either of us.

Three weeks is also a fairly long gap. He definitely shouldn’t put it off.

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