(Closed) Too Bad Family Time = Drama Time

posted 12 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
2640 posts
Sugar bee

  So sorry.   Are your parents divorced?  I’m thinking maybe he’s nervous for you, rather than simply being angry.  I can only guess the ultimatum about going to pre-marital counseling was a way to contorl you, or show his lack of support.  But when you agreed to go, he had to find something else to show you he disapproves, and try to control your decision. (Not giving you any money).

Maybe you can have a more in dpeth talk with him about what’s bugging him.  Maybe he can meet with your fi to help break down those walls, that you’re marrying a good guy.

Post # 4
82 posts
Worker bee

Have you been able to talk to him about why he’s unsupportive of the marriage?  It sounds like he feels pretty strongly that you’re making a poor decision, and I think you owe it to him and to yourself to discuss it calmly.  His request that you attend premarital counseling was likely his wish to have you think very long and hard about building a durable and successful marriage with your fiance.  Instead of viewing it as a punishment or "jumping through hoops," why not view counseling as a wonderful opportunity to become closer to your fiance and get your marriage off on the right foot?

Post # 6
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

He is probably just nervous and looking out for you.  Although us brides-to-be know our relationships and level of readiness, sometimes our decisions are not so clear to others, especially adults.  My advice would be try the pre-marital counseling, but look at it as an investment in your marriage, not as a requirement from dad.  Although I personally am not attending pre-marital counseling, I have heard it is a wonderful experience.

 As far as money goes, your situation is tough, especially with the added expense of a child.  The only advice I have is to make budgeting a hobby…make it fun!  Spend time seeking out all options. 

Good luck!  I wish you the best.


Post # 7
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009


This sounds like a really difficult situation and I really hope it starts to feel better for you soon! 

It sounds like your dad is likely having a lot of feelings about you, your relationship, marriage in general, and isn’t knowing how to deal- evidenced by him demanding you do therapy in order for him to help pay and then saying he can’t help pay anyway.  I always figure when people do weird flip flops like that it is because they are just having so many layers of feelings they don’t know how to deal or what to think.

Instead of talking to Dad about logistics right now, just ask him about his perspective on this to get a feeling of where he’s coming from.  This may help pave the way that you’ll go to plan for the wedding.  Don’t allow him to pay for part of it if it comes along with lots of demands and weirdness- it just isn’t worth it.  Look at budegting, like heathaah recommended and make this wedding your own.  Have pride in your life, relationship and plans for your future and it WILL come together. Start to take notes on the basics- how many people do you want at your wedding, how much time do you want to wait before the wedding, where do you want to marry, etc and then start researching how to budget for it.  It need not be a super expensive affair if you make smart decisions and you are okay with having a simple set-up. 

Good luck!

Post # 8
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Aww I’m so sorry your dad and brother aren’t being supportive (((HUGS))) but PLEASE don’t let it ruin this special time for you! You should allow yourself and your Fiance to be happy now and be excited about the planning process. While I understand that you may have expected a bit of financial assistance as his only daughter, I think it might be better for you to just say to yourself "If he’s not going to support me in my marriage, I don’t WANT his help." If you get yourself in the mindset that it is YOUR wedding and you know you and your Fiance are making the right decision, then f**k it and anyone who doesn’t support you in that. I know he’s your dad and it’s hard, but be true to yourself and your love for your Fiance and don’t let anyone suck the joy out of your engagement and your marriage. It’s about the two of you, not about your father’s hangups, and if he can’t or won’t support you, you don’t need him or his negativity. Just be excited about your future and your life together and don’t let it get you down. Again, it is HARD to do this when you’re getting negativity from others, but at the end of the day, you and your Fiance are happy and really that’s all that matters.

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