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My MIL Needs Us To Invite Everybody To All the pieces


Q: Assist! My mother-in-law, who I genuinely adore and have an excellent relationship with, desires my fiancé and me to ask her complete household to our rehearsal dinner.

We have now already gone to nice lengths to make sure everybody was invited to the marriage (200 folks!) and are having two extra occasions that weekend which might be open to everybody. My fiancé and I needed to have a extra intimate rehearsal dinner, an informal picnic at a lodge with garden video games, and a meals truck, however nonetheless had the visitor record at 80 in order that we might embrace all of her siblings, their kids, and grandchildren.

I come from a small, dysfunctional household and most of my visitors are shut pals and never household. The rehearsal dinner ratio is already 50 from the groom’s facet and 30 from mine. I’m okay with that and perceive he has an enormous household and actually desires to incorporate the people who find themselves invited. But when we associate with his mother’s hopes, there shall be 100 folks at a “informal picnic” and solely 30 of them shall be my household and pals. I don’t really feel prefer it must be an excellent match, however I additionally don’t need to really feel like I’m attending their household reunion. It’s speculated to be about my fiancé and me as a pair, not them as a household.

I spotted yesterday that his mother is beneath numerous strain from her personal mother, who doesn’t need her siblings and their kids and grandchildren to be offended as a result of they’re being excluded. “Everybody else” within the household had an open rehearsal dinner. We’re one of many final of his cousins to get married, so by now everybody has a partner and a few have a number of kids. It’s only a lot MORE folks than I believe she understands. We’re additionally getting married in California which is costlier than a few of the southeastern states they stay in.

Fiancé is on the identical web page as me and has been very supportive. However now his mother is speaking about paying hundreds of {dollars} for an extra occasion area rental in order that these different relations have someplace to go the night time earlier than the marriage, with the intention of us stopping by after the rehearsal dinner to say hello. It appears ridiculous to me. His mother and father gifted us a number of thousand {dollars} for the marriage, and although there have been “no strings connected” when it was given to us, I really feel obligated to think about their needs when spending cash on marriage ceremony plans. I additionally actually do need them to be comfortable and be ok with the marriage, and don’t need to embarrass his mother in entrance of her household.

Sigh. What do I do?!


A: You most likely already know what I’m going to begin out by saying… however I’ll say it anyway.  That is your marriage ceremony, and also you and your fiancé are very a lot allowed to deal with issues in no matter method makes you are feeling finest. That features internet hosting totally different occasions all through your marriage ceremony weekend with totally different visitor lists and bounds. I’ll additionally level out that you’re removed from alone on this feeling. It’s actually onerous to really feel assured in any marriage ceremony decisions when there are so darn many opinions (and sometimes funds) concerned.

Now, my private opinion… I don’t need to sound overly harsh right here, so forgive me… What’s the distinction between 80 folks and 100 folks? I imply… is that 20 additional folks going to make-or-break the extra intimate vibe you’re aiming for? It’s nonetheless half of the quantity you’re anticipating for the marriage day itself, so I think about it is going to nonetheless really feel a bit cozier. I’ll be trustworthy, that for me 80 visitors doesn’t precisely really feel ‘intimate’… like, that’s not the phrase I’d select. So including some extra looks like it’s possibly not an enormous deal. However I additionally honor that for you, and compared to 200 folks, it’s actually extra intimate.

Additionally, as somebody who can be from a small dysfunctional household and married into a bigger extra cohesive household unit… relating to life (and marriage ceremony stuff), it has been my option to lean into the household I’ve chosen and gained. I completely perceive your perspective, and I do know that the sensation of imbalance in numbers may be odd, however I’d simply recommend that you simply attempt to see the great elements of marrying right into a household that desires to assemble round you each in celebration. Attempt to let go of the need to ‘even the scales’ relating to the variety of household/visitors that shall be with you that weekend at any given second. So long as you and your fiancé every have the people who matter most to you with you, that’s what actually issues. And as you stated, it will really feel fairly crummy to make your new MIL really feel unhealthy or spend a bunch of cash internet hosting household individually.

Wedding ceremony planning is stuffed with onerous decisions and troublesome conversations. In the long run, it’s you and your fiancé who want to be ok with the place you land, so take the time to verify in with one another and make decisions that give you the results you want two.

Good luck!


What do you assume, APW? Would you invite the additional people to the occasion? Would you stick along with your plan and let your Mom-In-Regulation do no matter she desires individually? How do you deal with these conversations and struggles relating to attempting to please everybody with out attempting to please everybody? 


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