When we got engaged my FMIL offered us a generous contribution to the wedding. FI is her last (of 4) children to get married and she gave each of them the same amount.
So, since FI and I have some savings, but didn't really want to spend it on the wedding, we made our budget based on the amount offered by FMIL. We asked for her list of guests, and agreed to invite them all, no problem.
Now the trouble is, all of FI's family lives across the country from us. We looked at having a wedding there, but logistically and financially, it was too difficult. I mean wedding planning is hard enough, never mind trying to do it without meeting a single vendor in person.
So we started planning it for here. We have a tremendous amount of help here (happily offered, not requested) which is making it worlds easier for us. My FI is kind of a "bridezilla" and has more or less dictated many of our decisions regarding venue, theme, etc. I mean his parents are paying, so, I let a lot of that slide (there are lots of complicated issues at hand).
However, so far, we've been paying all the deposits ourselves and draining our savings because no money has been sent. FMIL told me 2 weeks ago they were going to send 1/3 of the funds. Like, why 1/3? The wedding is in 4 months. Things need to be paid weeks ago.
Apparently FMIL's nose is out of joint that we are having the wedding here and not there. Even though she agreed to pay for things after we clearly outlined our plans and booked the venue with her blessing. She did not bring any concerns up at the time it was appropriate and now I feel like she's holding the $$ hostage.
I would literally rather cancel the whole thing, save our $$, and elope. Rather than deplete our entire savings just for one day. FI has tried to speak to her but their relationship is tumultuous and they fight about unrelated things. It's ridiculous. I feel helpless because it's not my mom but I am doing 100% of dealing with vendors and writing cheques since FI works away from home all the time.
It's just very frustrating and I am not sure what to do. Advice? Commiserations?