(Closed) What do you think?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is this an etiquette no-no or am I being too sensitive?

    Etiquette no-no

    Too sensitive

  • Post # 3
    9995 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think the best thing to do is to ask your Fiance and his parents how they’d feel.  I think it’s really awkward to have an ex’s parents at the wedding and that it might give off the wrong impression to your FI’s family, especially if it’s a small wedding.  

    Post # 4
    2894 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t even see this as an etiquette issue. Just a “would this make sense for you and your situation” issue. Are your ILs even going to know that these people are parents of your ex? If so, how? Will they care? Why or why not? IMO, the answers to the preceding questions should guide your decision.

    Post # 5
    1141 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think it’s totally personal, not etiquette-related.


    It might also deal a lot with the break-up too. This would influence the foundation of your relationship with their parents.

    Did he pass away? Did you peacefully part ways in a completely mature “we’re not in love?” Were you both extremely young and have grown-up dramatically since then?

    or did you break up with hurt feelings and tears? 


    Just talk to Fiance and his parents about it.


    Post # 7
    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Overjoyed:  Agree! This seems like a case-by-case issue as opposed to an etiquette issue.  I would first evaluate how your Fiance and ILs feel, and if they flat out are uncomfortable – think about how you’re going to tell them now that they’ve booked everything.  It seems like they are important to you, so I would express this to your Fiance and ILs.  I dont think a normal person would book all of that if they didn’t consider themselves a large part of your life, though!

    Post # 8
    1604 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it depends on how big the wedding is and who else is invited. If it is 95% family, then I think it would be insensitive to invite them.  Do your ex’s parents know your parents so they are sort of like family friends? If your wedding is larger than 100 people, then I don’t think it would be a problem.

    Post # 10
    1388 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I would stop talking about them as “my ex’s parents” and start referring to them as “my dear friends”. There’s no rule that says your friends all have to be from the same age group, and it sounds like your relationship with them is a friendship that stands independently of your relationship with their son. Since you’ve stopped seeing him a long time ago, but you remain close with them, I don’t see what the issue would be. I think considering it as a possible etiquette issue is making a mountain out of a molehill. They’re your friends who want to see you get married, end of story. 


    Post # 12
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t think it has anything to do with the size of the wedding, I think it has everything to do with how close you are to these people, ie. you obviously have a relationship with them beyond that of being with your ex, especially if you think of them as “parent surrogates”.  I certainly think it’s a good idea to discuss it with your Fiance, and I would hope that he’d understand that you’re close to these people and it has nothing do to with your ex (at the present).  And as for everyone else, you introduce them as your old friends, Jill and Jack and leave it at that.  I don’t  think there’s anything inherently disrespectful about inviting them as long as your Fiance is fine with it, and who cares what other (immature) people think?

    Post # 13
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette Snob here… lol

    This isn’t a HUGE etiquette issue for sure… altho traditional Etiquette would be that one wouldn’t invite someone as a Guest that was going to make any of the Guests of Honour feel awkward…

    At this Wedding you and Your Hubby will be the Guests of Honour… with a close second Places of Honour given to both sets of Parents (Yours & His)

    So from a Traditional Etiquette POV, one wouldn’t invite any Exes of the Bride or Groom to the Wedding out of respect for the other.

    In this instance, you haven’t done that… the Question is actually about an Exes Parents… sure maybe a tad “unusual”… if you were actually to introduce them that way… but I sincerely doubt you’d be doing that… More than likely they’d be “Mr & Mrs X” no further explanation required … OR “My longtime Friends Mr & Mrs X”.

    (BUT if word was to get around “So how do you and MissMeowMeow:  know each other”… and they replied “Oh she used to date our Son”… ya that would be awkward, especially if it was your Hubby-2Bs Parents asking the Queston.

    On the other hand…

    I have to say the actions of your Ex’s Parents were in the least a bit presumptuous…

    I get that they were excited to hear you were getting married.  BUT to make the asumption that they’d be Invited in so much as to go buy plane tickets and book a hotel, BEFORE getting an Invite… well that borders on as far as RUDE in so much as they were clearly fishing for an Invitation.

    I get the fact that they now have you Questioning all this, and in some ways being between a rock & hard spot… in regards to the Etiquette Question you just raised.

    But if this truly is a small intimate Wedding, don’t for a minute feel you have any obligation to this couple and MUST issue them an Invite just because they’ve gone ahead and made arrangements assuming they’d be getting invited.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 14
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Would his parents know they were your exes parents?  

    Post # 15
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i mean i thnk it’s kind of strange/uncomfortable for your FI/his family, but if they already booked hotels and flights i think it’s a little late to do anything about it


    Post # 16
    2884 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m pretty sure that if nobody makes a seen about “HEY Y’ALL, these are Meow’s ex’s parents!” nobody will even be the wiser. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

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