(Closed) What to do about mother-in-law?

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
46408 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can have the best of both worlds. Plan an intimate wedding or elopement, then ask her to plan a reception when you get home.

Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

First off, sorry to hear about the passing of your Dear Mother… always sad, but especially so if one is in the midst of another emmotional milestone event in life like a Wedding

Agree with @julies1949: , upon reading your post 2 obvious ideas came to mind for me…

1- A small intimate Destination Wedding, still get to enjoy the perks of having a Family Wedding, but at the same time it isn’t over the top, and can be combined with a nice vacation / honeymoon for the two of you

2- Go ahead with the Elopement idea, and then do a Back-Home Reception afterwards.  You can make the Reception then whatever you choose… BIG or small… Formal or Casual.  Your Mother-In-Law can most certainly help with the planning of that… infact, if you marry and have your Honeymoon, she can do the majority of the “heavy lifting” iin seeing that things fall into place while you are away

Hope this helps, and (( HUGS )) to you as you work thru all this.


Post # 5
340 posts
Helper bee

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I think you should explain to your Mother-In-Law that wedding planning has been unbearable with the loss of your mother and really want to elope, but have a wedding reception afterwards. I think she would be hurt if you didn’t tell her you were planning on eloping and I think you would feel better about everything. That way you are putting you and your fiance first and also including the family in a reception that your Mother-In-Law can plan.

Post # 6
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@julies1949:  +1


@crescentloon23:  I would not do a true elopement (just the two of you). Let your Future In-Laws and immediate family know about and attend the wedding. Then let the reception be as big as Future Mother-In-Law want to host.

Post # 7
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. My mom passed away when I was 19 so I understand how sad it is planning a wedding without your mom but I couldn’t imagine losing her so suddenly while already planning with her. I’m so sorry. 

From what you’ve said it sounds like your Future Mother-In-Law would probably be understanding if you could jsut sit down and talk to her. Just explain how this is very difficult now without your mom and you feel a smaller wedding is what’s best and what you can emotionally handle. 

As PP mentioned the idea of planning a small elopement or ceremony could be done and then have your Future Mother-In-Law plan a reception back at home for you. 

Post # 8
35 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m so sorry for your loss.  I would hope your Mother-In-Law would understand how wedding planning would be difficult for you right now and respect your decision.  That said, my Future Mother-In-Law is very into the idea of weddings and had a breakdown when she heard we were going to elope. 

I’m not sure if it will help you with your decision, but we decided to elope for several reasons.  It’s definitely cheaper, which was one of the big factors.  We live in DC and I can’t even begin to fathom how much a wedding here would cost.  Our elopement will be at the beginning of a 2-week trip, so it’s straight into the honeymoon, and the whole thing will still cost less than what we would have budgeted for a wedding. We really didn’t want to invite anyone to go with us, mainly because we’ve both traveled with our families before and it can be really stressful.  We are eloping to Italy, and since we’ve both been to Italy before, our families would kind of just assume we should be leading them around doing things for them the whole time.  This is what happened when they came to visit while we were both living in Europe as students, and while it was fine for a family visit, it’s not necessarily how we would want to spend a honeymoon. Since we didn’t really want to invite our parents, it would seem wrong to invite friends, and having a romantic few days for a wedding will be nice.  Since we decided to have a party at my parents house when we return home, it’s really just the ceremony that everyone will be missing.  I feel like that’s more for the bride and groom anyway, and can be a very intimate moment.  When Future Mother-In-Law was crying about how she wasn’t going to see him get married, it felt very demanding and just wrong.  I’m still upset thinking about it.

That said, we’re having a legal ceremony in a few weeks with all of our parents.  This is partially to appease his mother (mostly, really) and also because it would be a real pain to get legally married in another country.  His mom seems more ok now that this is happening, along with a party in a couple of months, but she’s still giving attitude here and there. If Mother-In-Law is being insistant that she absolutely must see him get married with her very own eyes, that might be something to consider.  You can always have a courthouse wedding and a civil ceremony somewhere else with just the 2 of you, and let her plan a party for later.

I sort of understand how the groom’s mother probably feels left out of all the fun and the planning, but at the same time they already got to plan a wedding (their own) and have that experience, and now it’s time to let go.  It’s hard to convey that eloquently, so I’ve been mainly biting my tongue and avoiding.  Probably won’t work for you since it sounds like you all live near one another, but so far it has served me well- I’m just thinking of it as practice for the future 🙂


Post # 11
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

It is heartbreaking without your Mom, and may be you need to elope. If your Mother-In-Law wants to plan a reception for you let her.

We eloped just the two of us and let our families know beforehand. I said to both Moms that they are welcome to plan something small for us in their perspective cities if they would like to celebrate. My Mom went all out with a big reception in my hometown. My Mother-In-Law never even got the invites out before they got into a big fight over something else and we didn’t have anything in DH’s hometown.

We both loved that we got our ceremony just the way we wanted 🙂

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