Getting down on his knee. Irene said yes. They had so many things in common and were so in love. Everybody knew the match was made in heaven. They set the wedding date, and that's when the trouble started.
Parents from both sides decided to get in the act. After all, they thought the "children" needed help planning the wedding, reception, even the honeymoon! Does this sound familiar?
Given the vast amount of work a wedding entails, some couples may want the extra help offered by family, Planning a wedding can turn into a full time job. Some of the important decisions the bride and groom need to make are the following:
This list gets longer as the date approaches. A growing trend is for both sides to contribute equally to the expenses. If you go by the traditional wedding protocol, it calls for the bride and/or her family to pay for the following invitation, wedding dress, groom's ring; event/wedding planner; reception fees, including food and drinks, all flowers for the ceremony and reception; photographs, videos; and transportation.
The expenses for the groom and/or his family usually include: marriage license; personal attire or clothing rental; bride's engagement and wedding rings, rehearsal dinner; corsages for mothers and boutonnieres for groomsmen; and honeymoon trip.
Luckily, our couple decided to present a united front in their quest to navigate the treacherous terrain that is the relationship with their mothers-in-law. They came up with the following solutions:
Set up boundaries, Then determine which boundaries you don’t want crossed
Communicate your expectations to the mothers-in—law Let them know in a gentle, kind, but ﬁrm way that the ﬁnal decisions are yours to be made.
Make sure your Future husband or wife takes a hefty share of the responsibility of dealing with mom Brides‘ don't fall! into ﬂle common nap of being the one who has to deal with all family turmoil! Your Future husband is a big boy, and he can deal with his own Family.
Get your mothers—in-law involved in some of the wedding planning tasks. They may just be feeling left out and la citing attention.
Allow For minor misunderstandings. No relationship is perfect Using kindness and tact will go a long way
Our couple decided to hire a wedding planner, who was worth every penny. She had the expertise and contacts to make everything run smoothly. She stuck to their budget, and they had more time to spend planning the rest of their lives together.
I can happily report that I attended Irene and Jim's wedding Everything went beautifully and without a hitch. As I was leaving, I overheard the bride's mother-in-law say to a friend "Irene is one tough cookie. She didn't let herself get pushed around. We are going to get along just fine."
By Elena Brouwer