I am so glad this board exists! I've been keeping this to myself and stressin'. I really didn't anticipate drama around my wedding - my fiance and I are pretty chill. My mother, on the other hand, can get a little out of hand (oh, don't they all). Here's the deal.
We decided to get hitched in Iowa, despite living in Texas, for two reasons - first, both of our extended families live in the Midwest and will have a much easier time making it. Second, his grandmother (who I consider my only grandparent) lives in a nursing home there and I would really like it if she could attend. She's not doing so hot, and I'm sorta praying she'll be alright for the next year and a half. I really, really want to see her there.
Since the wedding is in November, right near the end of a semester, and out of state I thought it would be a good idea to let my mum know I was considering it. I tried to explain that it was closer to 90% of the family on both sides, but she completely flipped. She told me my side wouldn't come, because they didn't even travel to her wedding, so I shouldn't expect anyone to sit on my side of the ceremony. I want to ask them personally, but I need to be certain of the plans before I do, so I'm just sort of...sitting here sad until we make sure it's possible and can ask them. I didn't think they'd be like that, but she grew up with them, and I've only seen them a few times in my life...
Then she went a step further and said if I was having the wedding up north she wasn't coming. I swear, I thought she was joking. She wasn't. I'm sort of guessing she'll change her mind later, but I've never been hurt so much in my life - not since I called to let her know he proposed and she asked "are you sure?"
I didn't want drama. My heart is broken that she's honestly suggesting that neither she nor her family feel strongly enough to travel to my wedding - even though I offered to pay to get them there. Is this really my fault? Should I give up Iowa, where he and I have been spending our Christmastimes, that has so many memories for me of my life with him so far, to get married closer to her? No one else in my family has made an issue out of it. I have been receiving a lot of pressure from my future mother-in-law though regarding the timing of the wedding - she thinks we should have it during a break so our professor relatives can make it easier. I am trying to be considerate - by letting people know ahead of time. I mean, how do people having destination weddings do it? The people I really want to be there are some in Iowa and some in Houston - I have no CLUE what's the polite thing to choose to get the ones I care about to show up. I DO know, however, that his grandmother can't travel. So isn't this a decent choice? The one fellow who made me feel alright about my decision was a friend of his family who's a prof and said "ah, I'll adjust my schedule, good thing you told me now!" See, that's sweet.
I don't want to have a wedding here. I know that all that's important is that we're both there - but there are a lot of nasty memories here. Iowa is what I want our life, our future, to be like. I also know that having an out-of-state wedding is extra work, and will cut down my guest list quite a bit. I don't need to have zillions of people at my wedding - but there were definitely certain people I had really hoped would share that day with me. I mean...my mom?
Do I really have to pick between getting married and having a wedding? Should I cave, or let her stew? Is this for the guests or us, and is it more important to satisfy specific guests or the highest number of them?