My fiance's brother is a huge jerk, always has been and always will be. She helped raise his son and now that she's come out and we are getting married he has been doing everything to show that we are not welcomed in his home, family, etc. without actually saying growing a set and saying it.
His wife has been playing cordial and we love their kids and asked if the kids could be ring bearer and flower girl and they said yes. All has been quiet until two weeks ago (we get married in 45 days) when my fiance visited her parents to find out that her brother told THEM that he doesn't want the kids in the wedding. He gave a ridiculous and totally bogus reason (7 yo son will look stupid in a tux). My fiance called her older sister to vent her frustrations to hear that her brother's wife has been bad mouthing us to the whole family (which answers the question of why none of them have rsvped yet).
We contacted them the only way we could as they are now not answering their phones, via e-mail, and asked very politely what was happening and if the kids were going to be in the wedding. We got a cold response saying they decided NOT to have the kids in the wedding, no reason, just a flat rejection.
Now they have rsvped to the wedding that they will be coming.
I'm beyond furious, my parents are furious for us. I have been putting up with their snubs and their backhanded insults for 4 years and it is tearing my fiance apart. Her family is supportive of us but refuses to call her brother on his behavior for fear of losing their grandkids (brother has threatened to withhold the kids if they ever tick him off). Meanwhile they haven't seen the kids in 2 years because her brother wants nothing, except inheritance rights, to do with his family.
My fiance wants to let them come and try to be cordial about it as she wants to be as much a part of her niece and nephew's lives as possible but her brother is already turning them against her so my feeling is to put her foot down now, with the wedding. Say she's had enough and we don't deserve to be treated like this any longer and let that be the end of it.
I know how hard it will be, I had a horrible and abusive father and when I sent him out of my life I lost 5 siblings because of it but I had to do it for my own sanity, heart, and to get some peace after 20 years of heartbreak. I see it all happening to my fiance and I'm so tired of being supportive as she sobs over her brother's terrible behavior and her lost niece and nephew. I want to demand that he be refused, I want her parents to put their foot down, but I also don't want to be the bad guy in this.
What do I do? Do I keep my mouth shut and let this jerk come to my wedding knowing that I'll be fuming about his presence but at least she will be happy? Do I put my foot down and refuse to let them come and be the bad guy? Or am I just screwed?