(Closed) To Have the wedding ….. or break up???

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
2934 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Are the only options “wedding” or “break up?” If you stopped planning the wedding now, do you think things would be good between you again? Could the two of you maybe go away for a night (or even out for a long dinner) and really talk about this? Do you think she doesn’t want to get married? Or is it that the stress of the finances/wedding are too much for her? I think you two really need to sort out what the real problem is…

Post # 4
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Have the wedding. You’ve been together 9 years, so you obviously get along great and are the love of each other’s lives.

She is behaving like a typical groom so to speak. To alot of men/people, it’s just not their thing. Planning a wedding seems like a frivilous waste of money to her right now ~ but I guarantee your wedding day will be fabulous and she’ll be incredulous and appreciative that you put together such a fun day.

My fiancee and I have been together for almost 9 years. Trust me, I’m doing all the talking and planning, but I know when he is surrounded by friends and family on that day he will have a great time. Once I can commit him to a date that is……grrr…..

Don’t let her get you down. Plan away. Have fun doing it. She’ll finally have fun at the wedding.


Post # 6
1619 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’re at a stage when it’s either wedding or break up, I would say break up.  But dude, wedding planning is hard on both partners and I can say that from experience.  I never fought more with my husband than I did during the planning.  He didn’t care about any of the wedding stuff except for the marrying me part and it was so hard for him to try care about any of it.  As far as he was concerned, this was MY thing and he left me to it, leaving me to become entrenched in the total type A basketcase that I now know I can be.  It was ROUGH.  He didn’t understand why we needed to feed all these people or give them chairs to sit on or why we had to have a DJ or a photographer and most of all why it all had to cost so much!  I mean, he REALLY REALLY didn’t get it and we had so many arguments about it, many of which included me red-faced and screaming in frustration.

So this is my advice, as a fellow bride who’s been through the war and won.  Take a step back.  Your wedding is not until August.  You’ve got 8 months.  Let it go for a month.  Re-evaluate your relationship with your fiance.  Reconnect with each other over something that isn’t your upcoming wedding.  If you can guys can find a way to bring those pre-wedding planning feelings back, I say move forward.  If you can’t, then at least you know and you can stop dumping your money into a lost cause.  I have to say though, I strongly suspect that what’s happening here is the same thing that happened with me and my husband.  A case of the wedding planning crazies.  There’s a reason why most brides are SO HAPPY it’s over!

Post # 7
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

Oh you poor dear.  If I try to see her side to it I would think that the wedding isn’t important because she already knows yall are together.  But to see your side I agree she shouldn’t have left you in such a state.  Maybe she’s apprehensive about it but being together for so long maybe she thinks that the wedding part isn’t necessary, perhaps she isn’t religious?  I don’t know.  BTW…good for you in planning a wedding.  I can only imagine that she feels the wedding is an unnecessary expense when yall have been together for so long, maybe she feels like it’s a ‘test’ of some kind.  I think that anything involving same sex marriage should have the same rights as male/female marriage, but if it’s not recognized by the state, it’s a waste of money.  If yall are together in heart then who cares what the legal system says.  I don’t think she doesn’t care about your feelings, maybe you should talk to her and see what her feeling are on the matter.

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What if you brought up the subject of eloping? Would she be happy with that idea? If so, then it’s the big wedding planning craziness and expense that is getting to her. If she doesn’t want to elope then maybe there is more to it.


Would you be okay with eloping? Or having a small destination wedding, then maybe a big bbq type party this summer?

Post # 11
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Aw. 🙁  I feel you, my fiance had zero interest in helping me plan the wedding either, but then he’d turn up his nose at some of the things I’d decided without him. We’re set up for a no-win situation!

What you could try is asking her to take on only one or two tasks (like music or the cake), and take care of the rest on your own or with a friend. Oooor, if you really, really want her to be involved as much as possible, do what I did and narrow every decision down to two or three options, then ask her to help you choose. Just make sure they’re options you love, too. It was a lot less overwhelming for my fiance, and I even got to be surprised by some of his selections!

And I agree with the PP who suggested spending some time together without any wedding talk. I know it’s easy to get wrapped up in wedding wedding wedding, which is taking up so much of your time, but once in a while try to be the person your fiance fell in love with, rather than the Wedding Planner version of yourself. 🙂

Post # 12
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

You have been together for almost a decade – I would seriously take a step back and just breathe because it is not worth throwing away almost a decade of a loving relationship over wedding planning fights.

If your fiance wants nothing to do with the wedding planning, then maybe you should listen and not ask for her opinion or involve her anymore. While that may sound overwhelming and perhaps unfair because you will be doing all the work, peace in your relationship, IMO, is more important. I believe you deserve to have the day you’ve been dreaming of, but then again, so does she. I think you need to sit down and have a very open dialogue about how you are both feeling. You speak and she needs to open herself up to you, and then she speaks and you open yourself up to her. Once you both have a total understanding of the other’s feelings, then you decide how you can compromise and come to an understanding about this issue. She may not 100% get what she wants, and you may not either, but the compromise means that you both win in the end and so does your relationship. 

Post # 13
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@LBalazi:  I agree with previous posters that you should spend some time together without focusing on wedding planning.  I can tell from your posts that having a wedding with your friends and family present (along with the dress, the dancing, etc.) is really important to you.  Yes, the marriage is more important than the wedding (by far!), but you shouldn’t have to give up on your dream wedding just so you and your fiance will stop arguing.

I definitely understand that wedding planning isn’t for everyone.  I was honestly not even a little excited about the prospect of planning a wedding when my fiance proposed, but you know what?  I’m actually starting to have some fun with it.  Sure, it’s stressful and costs a ton of money … But I use looking for inspiration/ideas, using sites like WeddingBee, etc. as a way to unwind after work (or pass time if I’m just feeling bored).

My fiance has actually been very involved in the wedding planning process, but I think that’s because he’s the one who initially wanted the big wedding.  He’s definitely not the kind of guy you’d expect to enjoy this sort of thing, but he’s helped me make all of the major decisions so far (he will not, however, be helping me choose my dress!).  It sounds as though she initially wanted to be involved in the wedding planning … I’m wondering what changed.  Do you think it’s really just that she’s nervous about the cost?  After taking some time away from wedding planning, you should discuss this with her.  I think it’s worth it to know why she had such a change of heart after the initial excitement.

Post # 14
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Does she want to marry you? Wedding aside, does she want to have a marriage with you? 

My Darling Husband was similar to PPs, he wanted to be married, just not have a wedding. Maybe the wedding is bringing up her fears about forever or what “being a wife” means. I would highly recommend reading the blog ‘Practical Wedding’. Lots of talk about redefining what ‘wife’ means.

Post # 16
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LBalazi:  if you’re options are get married or break up you probably shouldn’t be getting married.  

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