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Pay/Say

My godmother recently offered to pay for my wedding dress - which is so generous of her! I wasn't expecting that, and have fully budgeted for everything on my own. I found one I liked, and asked her her come with me when I tried it on again, thinking that if she also liked it, that would be something to check off the list.

Not only did she hate the dress, but she insisted that I try on dresses for hours that are completely not me. I'm looking for something simple, classic, and elegant (for a garden wedding), and she was pulling out 80lb princess gowns covered in fake jewels and sequins. Which can be gorgeous, but not what I'm comfortable in.

I've had a difficult time wedding dress shopping in general (I have tough proportions for most common dress necklines, and look super boxy in most), and this left me feeling defeated... I may have gone home and cried to FI about feeling like a failure as a woman because I couldn't pick out a damn dress. Okay, I know, chill TFO Bizzy, it's just a dress.

Anyway, I've decided to have one made. There's a lovely dressmaker in town who is confident that she can make the simple dress that I'm hoping for. But I'm not sure what to do about my godmother - if I include her in this process I know she'll hate what I'm going with. But if I go ahead with it, and pay for the dress myself without including her, she'll likely feel slighted.


Re: Pay/Say

  • ^^^^^

    what she said

  • Ditto what she said.

    Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself with what you want.   
  • MobKazMobKaz Chicago suburbs
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    Your aunt's offer would be generous if there were no stipulations attached to it.  Sadly, this is not the way to "gift" someone.  While I agree with the script @adk19 suggests, if the intention of your aunt was to truly "gift" you, an "agreement" upon which dress to select should not be necessary.  Your aunt should give you a monetary guideline and you should be able to select the dress of your choice.
    SP29
  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's
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    Yes, usually when you pay you get a say.  But I think picking out your dress is the exception to this rule.  I think it is really shitty that the person paying feels that they can dictate what you are going to wear.  So tell her thanks for the offer but that you want to be able to pick a dress of your own choosing so you will be covering the costs.

    thisismynickname2thespeshulestsnowflakelevioosa
  • MobKaz said:
    Your aunt's offer would be generous if there were no stipulations attached to it.  Sadly, this is not the way to "gift" someone.  While I agree with the script @adk19 suggests, if the intention of your aunt was to truly "gift" you, an "agreement" upon which dress to select should not be necessary.  Your aunt should give you a monetary guideline and you should be able to select the dress of your choice.
    _____box?_____

    Maybe the godmother will hear this and realize that she's putting these stipulations on a gift.  Maybe she'll end up buying the dress anyway.  Or maybe she'll just write a generous check and say that it's to go to the dress or anything else the OP wishes.
  • I definitely do need to stand up for myself on this, as much as I like to avoid conflict. Our senses of aesthetic are so far apart, that I can't imagine including her in any more of the dress making/choosing process without feeling criticized.

    Hopefully when I tell her that I'm having a dress made she'll lose interest in any involvement, but if not, you're right, directness is the way to go.
    tigerlily6
  • levioosalevioosa Southern California
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    I'm totally on board with the "pay gets say," deal, but this is one of those exceptions to the rule, just as ceremony type, WP attire/members, and any involvement of religion in the ceremony are. 


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  • Yeah, no one should have any say in what YOU physically wear on YOUR body. I suppose your godmother *can* have a say, but you are also free to decline her offer if you don't like what she has to "say". 
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