(Closed) What's With Mothers-In-Law? (Post-Wedding Reflection)

posted 5 years ago in Family
Post # 3
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 1993


Curious to see what everyone says about this one!


Post # 4
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m not sure if it’s an indicator of what married life will be like. It’s so tricky navigating that. Hopefully it all calms down now that wedding is over. Maybe it was just her stress response?

Post # 5
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I didn’t have the sdame issues you did, my Mother-In-Law was pretty hands off with the whole thing. However, I’m not saying Mother-In-Law didn’t cause issues. She was very passive aggressive about the venue because we didn’t like any of her suggestions (in her hometown, in old renovated swept up warehouses). she didn’t offer to pay a dime, not even for her guests.

In the end, all I aksed of her was she wear a bra, even if just for the pictures. NOPE.

I am assuming it’s just some passive agressive “this is my son, he’s not supposed to be happy with another woman” type of thing.

Post # 6
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Gables at Chadds Ford

@AnonymousBBQ:  I second the passive aggressive idea.  I have a friend whose soon-to-be Mother-In-Law makes comments about their apartment every time she is there if it is not up to her standards (MIL is a neat-freak), or will incenuate that she will not be a good wife because she does not iron her fiance’s clothes, but the next day she wants to be all buddy-buddy.  Moms are crazy.  Mothers-in-law are worse!   I love my Future Mother-In-Law, but plenty of things aggravate me about her as well! 

Post # 7
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think its the differences between family styles and that the mother of a son knows her ways will be placed aside for the bride’s ways… Sons tend to take on their wife’s families’ styles and customs / traditions from the littlest of things to really big things (how to fold the bath towels to how to raise your children). So even the most supportive, easy going MILs probably throw a nasty barb or two every once in a while!

Post # 8
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can honestly say that the most stressful part of my wedding planning has all been Mother-In-Law related issues.  Maybe I’ve had issues w/ own mom but I can easily tell her when she has frustrated me.  With my Mother-In-Law its “choose your battles.”  My fiance has been great and we are also a united front when it comes to Mother-In-Law — but I feel the same as you:  Is this how married life is going to be?!

Post # 9
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

While every situation is different, I can tell you that my Mother-In-Law (and Father-In-Law for that matter) where completely crazy during the wedding planning process, and things are fine now.

To make a long story short, they did and said so many things that were very rude/out of hand, that my husband had to threaten to not invite them to the wedding unless they started acting like adults. 

The actions they did before the wedding, and the day of the wedding, was not a foreshadow of how they are now. Perhaps they learned a lesson, or perhaps there is just something about weddings that made them nutty. But, their behavior now vs. then, is almost like 2 different people. 

Post # 10
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Big events just seem to trigger the whacko in people. For some bees, the nightmare begins with the engagement (or earlier) and doesn’t end until the in-law is dead. But, for MOST people, I do think it’s just the stress and excitement of a big event. In many ways, the wedding can also be a reflection on the parents. There’s a reason people throw money into their kids’ weddings and get so personally invested in it.

I was lucky in that I fought every step of the way to keep my mother-in-law’s money out of the wedding (she eventually did give my husband some money). She picked the song for her dance with her son. And that was IT. I think after the wedding is over, she picked one or two things up off the tables. I didn’t have time for her drama. My sister-in-law was a bigger pool of drama.

But I’ve found that once that big event was over, people went back to not really caring and being indifferent.

Post # 11
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@AnonymousBBQ:  It’s a power grab. Mother-In-Law is like this except we’re not close. We’re nice to each other but I don’t like her enough to talk to her or hang out with her alone really.

Mother-In-Law has said it several times before that she misses the days when H was a little kid and needed her and still doted on her and everything. Every few months she’ll put an old photo of him and his brother on facebook and say “where did the time go” blah blah blah, which is perfectly fine out of context, but with her she also will accuse H of being a bad son and not talking to her enough when he calls her every week and she resents that he doesn’t call her every day. The other day she told him on the phone, “no one will ever love you more than I do.” H, though, does not like his mom. She is very mean and controlling and if she’s nice to you one day you can almost be sure she’ll do something really mean-spirited the next.She often likes to shame him in front of other people and will just be really rude and tactless.

My mom tries to compete with my husband too sometimes and it’s annoying. She likes to rub it in his face that she makes more money than him and can take me on trips and whatever.

What they fail to realize is that the more they let go instead of trying to control everything, the more their kids will actually want to be around them. It’s that simple.

Post # 12
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sarg88:  This. Me too.

@AnonymousBBQ:  I don’t necessarily think it is going to be a part of what your married life will be like, like others said, it may just have been the stress of the event. My own Future Mother-In-Law very graciously gave us (she gave FI’s sister the same amount) money to plan, and as such we have been more under her thumb about things…for instance, we HAVE to invite her mother (they hate each other, and her mother is a vindictive, rude, vengeful, hateful, manipulative, abusive person) in an effort not to start “drama” if we don’t invite her…so now there’s a chance that this woman might actually show up and they will be in the same room together with alcohol involved. Can you say dread? 

But apart from that, Future Mother-In-Law is quite a nice, smart, lady. She drives me insane, but she means well and she always puts Fiance and FSIL’s needs (which extends to myself and FSIL’s hub) first. She does her best. So I’m not sure how this will work out for myself either.

I say maybe just have a talk with your husband and make sure you have a game plan for if these things continue to come up.

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