Category Archive

family drama

Oof. From momzillas pressuring you to lose weight to not inviting family to your wedding to dealing with angry siblings to estranged fathers to angry sisters and bridesmaids… this is our archive of how to handle family drama from wedding planning. We also highly recommend our conflict resolution posts!

Lanterns, swords, and romance at this royal winter wedding

Should I invite my dad and brother to my wedding, if they don’t like my fiance?

My boyfriend and I have now lived together for over a year and a half, and have decided to get married (yay!)… But my dad and my older brother still don’t like him. Do I ask them to come to the wedding, or no?

My biggest wedding regret: don’t let someone else pay for your wedding!

It’s for me to hard to look at my wedding photos, because of wedding regrets. I have many regrets, but my biggest golden kernel of advice to couples is this: Never, never EVER let someone else pay for your wedding.

Not if you’re marrying a trust funder, not if your parents are insisting, not if you can’t pay yourself. Save up your dollars and have an extended engagement, then use those cold hard Benjamins to have the wedding YOU want.

D&D, costumes, & epic music at this heavy metal wedding in Utah

How I handled pressure from family during wedding planning

We just have so many people who are SO STOKED to FINALLY be able to do things that they’ve always wanted and expected to be able to do at a wedding! As wedding planning went on, juggling all of those dearly held expectations and figuring out how to handle pressure from family became more and more a part of our wedding planning process…

A sweet Philadelphia elopement with an homage to some of the best photo spots in Philly

I never wanted a big wedding: here’s why I wish I’d gone with my gut & eloped

Not everyone has dreamed of a big wedding. So when you’re confronted with the planning of one, there might be some lessons learned the hard way: “If you want to have a gorgeous and huge wedding with all the trimmings, go for it! But if you’re more like me, who never really thought hard about a wedding until you were with your life partner, and you love the outdoors, more intimate ceremonies, and really just can’t wait to marry the love of your life without all the trappings of a more traditional wedding, I’ve got your back…”

Do I need to invite someone's adult daughter to my intimate wedding?

Do I need to invite someone’s adult daughter to my intimate wedding?

My sister wants us to invite her boyfriend’s adult daughter to our wedding, even though we’ve never met her. Her family already accounts for five invitations for her household already.

We have worked so hard to keep our wedding small and intimate and quite frankly don’t want a stranger there. Are we being selfish?

How do we communicate that we sincerely want no wedding gifts?

How do we clearly communicate that we want NO wedding gifts?

When it comes to gift-giving, the general consensus among my peers is that you give what you can, if you wish. As far as we’re concerned, your presence is present enough — especially considering that we are a bunch of broke Millennials.

My extended family, however, hardcore-believes in tangible gifts. Some of them are sticklers for the traditional (and comfortably middle-class) notion of extensive and expensive gifts at shower, hen party, and wedding. It’s generous, but also uncomfortable, at odds with our values, and not always string-free. How can I discourage gifts at my wedding?