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Need help coping with my best friend turning me down

Although I'd like to mention every detail of this situation, no one would probably read it because it being too long. My best friend lives in California, and I live in Pennsylvania. She came home this week to be a bridesmaid in a wedding this weekend, and I being engaged since February, couldn't wait until she came home so that I could officially asked her and my other bridesmaids to be a part of my day. I was able to ask her and most of the other girls Saturday night and everyone was so excited. My best friend calls me Sunday and now says she can't be in it, basically because she doesn't want to deal with the stress of being in another wedding. Last year we were both bridesmaids in a wedding together that she came home for, and she is home this weekend to be in one. While I understand what it takes to be a bridesmaid, because I've been one 4 times myself, I know it can take a lot more for an out-of-town bridesmaid. But this is my best friend. If I didn't have a sister, this girl would be the one I asked to be my MOH. I am so incredibly hurt and shocked that she just does not want to be a part of my day. Can anyone please offer me some advice? Like I said there is a little more to it, but I am just so sad and could really use some help.  Thank you.
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Re: Need help coping with my best friend turning me down

  • Agree with PPs.  Give yourself a wallowing day and then really try to see that this doesn't seem to be about you personally but about the circumstances and timing of your wedding.  It's another out of town wedding for her and it's coming after two additional requests.  There might be some burn out on her part, both emotionally and in terms of her resources.

    Not being a bridesmaid doesn't mean you can invite her to participate in your shower or in your bachelorette if people throw those parties for you.  And it doesn't rule out her perhaps playing another role.  Once you have more concrete ceremony plans, and when she might know better if she can attend, perhaps you could ask her to do a reading? 
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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    beethery said:
    Maybe she doesn't really like being a bridesmaid all that much. It's entirely possible.

    My advice for you is to chill out about this. Your wedding is not as important to everyone as it is to you. Invite her as a guest, and that's all you can do.
    You can put me into that group.  I much prefer to be a guest at a wedding then actually be in it. Less money is needed to be spent, less of my time is used and the day of the wedding I can sleep in and take my time getting ready, have a blast at the wedding and then leave whenever I want.

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  • I will validate your feelings- if this really is your best friend, I understand why you're hurt that she turned down your invitation to be a BM.  It stings.  But, she is 100% entitled to opt out.  I've turned down the invitation a couple of times myself- I much prefer to attend weddings as a guest.
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  • holyguacamole79holyguacamole79 a taco truck in Houston member
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    I will also totally validate your feelings. That must bite. And I will validate hers. I almost declined being a bridesmaid for a wedding this past year. I had just gone through the stress of planning my own wedding and being a bridesmaid for another (all within the past year). The bride didn't know this when she asked me, but I had just found out that I required major surgery. The surgery ended up being 2 months before her wedding. Looking back, the wedding put a lot of stress on me, and I wish I had declined.

    I can almost guarantee you that her decision wasn't about you, but her. Continue to be her BFF, be disappointed for a bit, and keep going.
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    Btw, op, change your screen name. Internet privacy is smart.
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  • slothiegalslothiegal The Sloth Farm member
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    My rule of thumb for 99% of life situations is when you have something shitty happen (which, yeah, not having your BFF be in your wedding is a total bummer) is that you get 24 hours to be upset about it. Wallow about it, eat some ice cream, tell FI to make you something yummy for dinner so you can sulk and watch "I Love New York" while he cooks (my personal favorite coping mechanism).

    After 24 hours? Cowboy up, chica. PP's have hit the nail on the head. You're allowed to feel sad. But then it's time to move on (there's lots of other stuff to do when it comes to wedding planning!).

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  • I'm sorry this happened. I'm sure it hurts. What is being a BM like in your circle? It sounds like it involves more than just showing up on time in a certain dress. If it's normally a lot of BS party planning, crafting, major expenses, meetings, multi-day commitments, then I see where she's coming from. The BM "duties" promoted by the wedding industry really ruin what being a BM should be. Maybe you can just explain to her you don't want any of that.
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  • plainjane0415plainjane0415 The hills of Tennessee member
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    Although I'd like to mention every detail of this situation, no one would probably read it because it being too long. My best friend lives in California, and I live in Pennsylvania. She came home this week to be a bridesmaid in a wedding this weekend, and I being engaged since February, couldn't wait until she came home so that I could officially asked her and my other bridesmaids to be a part of my day. I was able to ask her and most of the other girls Saturday night and everyone was so excited. My best friend calls me Sunday and now says she can't be in it, basically because she doesn't want to deal with the stress of being in another wedding. Last year we were both bridesmaids in a wedding together that she came home for, and she is home this weekend to be in one. While I understand what it takes to be a bridesmaid, because I've been one 4 times myself, I know it can take a lot more for an out-of-town bridesmaid. But this is my best friend. If I didn't have a sister, this girl would be the one I asked to be my MOH. I am so incredibly hurt and shocked that she just does not want to be a part of my day. Can anyone please offer me some advice? Like I said there is a little more to it, but I am just so sad and could really use some help.  Thank you.


    First, I'm sorry that your best friend turned down your offer to be in your wedding.  I know it has to be hard to hear, and it may take a few days to process.

    Secondly,  Thank goodness your friend was able to be truly open and honest with you!  I'm positive that her decision is nothing personal towards you, and that she would like the opportunity to really enjoy your wedding.  And that is very understandable, and admirable I might add.

    Story time.  In my circle there is a group of us, we have been in each others weddings because we have all been friends for so long... and there is one girl in our group, who I am convinced has made it her sole mission to sabotage every wedding we are all in together.  She has pretty much cut ties with all of our friends in our friend group that has gotten married (except me, because I'm not having attendants in my wedding) because of the passive aggressive stunts she has pulled to intentionally piss the bride off or other catastrophe's she has caused.  All because she doesn't have the courage to stand up and say "no, I'm going to have to decline your invitation to be a bridesmaid"  She would rather make everyone else miserable because being in weddings stress her out and she is miserable.  I'm not saying your friend would do this, I just wanted to share a story from someone who always accepts to be a bridesmaid and hates every second of it and really shows her a$$ in the end.

    I would definitely be sad if I were in your shoes, but you also have to look at it from your friend's standpoint.  If she's not happy being in a wedding, and if it stresses her out, give her a pass.  Let her enjoy your wedding, and salvage the friendship.  Just because she isn't a bridesmaid doesn't make her any less of a friend.

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  • holyguacamole79holyguacamole79 a taco truck in Houston member
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    Thank you all! I really appreciate your advice. Ice Cream and Grey's Anatomy binge tonight, back to wedding planning tomorrow.
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  • plainjane0415plainjane0415 The hills of Tennessee member
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    Although I'd like to mention every detail of this situation, no one would probably read it because it being too long. My best friend lives in California, and I live in Pennsylvania. She came home this week to be a bridesmaid in a wedding this weekend, and I being engaged since February, couldn't wait until she came home so that I could officially asked her and my other bridesmaids to be a part of my day. I was able to ask her and most of the other girls Saturday night and everyone was so excited. My best friend calls me Sunday and now says she can't be in it, basically because she doesn't want to deal with the stress of being in another wedding. Last year we were both bridesmaids in a wedding together that she came home for, and she is home this weekend to be in one. While I understand what it takes to be a bridesmaid, because I've been one 4 times myself, I know it can take a lot more for an out-of-town bridesmaid. But this is my best friend. If I didn't have a sister, this girl would be the one I asked to be my MOH. I am so incredibly hurt and shocked that she just does not want to be a part of my day. Can anyone please offer me some advice? Like I said there is a little more to it, but I am just so sad and could really use some help.  Thank you.


    First, I'm sorry that your best friend turned down your offer to be in your wedding.  I know it has to be hard to hear, and it may take a few days to process.

    Secondly,  Thank goodness your friend was able to be truly open and honest with you!  I'm positive that her decision is nothing personal towards you, and that she would like the opportunity to really enjoy your wedding.  And that is very understandable, and admirable I might add.

    Story time.  In my circle there is a group of us, we have been in each others weddings because we have all been friends for so long... and there is one girl in our group, who I am convinced has made it her sole mission to sabotage every wedding we are all in together.  She has pretty much cut ties with all of our friends in our friend group that has gotten married (except me, because I'm not having attendants in my wedding) because of the passive aggressive stunts she has pulled to intentionally piss the bride off or other catastrophe's she has caused.  All because she doesn't have the courage to stand up and say "no, I'm going to have to decline your invitation to be a bridesmaid"  She would rather make everyone else miserable because being in weddings stress her out and she is miserable.  I'm not saying your friend would do this, I just wanted to share a story from someone who always accepts to be a bridesmaid and hates every second of it and really shows her a$$ in the end.

    I would definitely be sad if I were in your shoes, but you also have to look at it from your friend's standpoint.  If she's not happy being in a wedding, and if it stresses her out, give her a pass.  Let her enjoy your wedding, and salvage the friendship.  Just because she isn't a bridesmaid doesn't make her any less of a friend.


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  • I'm sorry this happened. I'm sure it hurts. What is being a BM like in your circle? It sounds like it involves more than just showing up on time in a certain dress. If it's normally a lot of BS party planning, crafting, major expenses, meetings, multi-day commitments, then I see where she's coming from. The BM "duties" promoted by the wedding industry really ruin what being a BM should be. Maybe you can just explain to her you don't want any of that.
    This is where I am. If you really want her to stand with you, you say, "I don't care what you wear, I don't need you to host parties or attend a rehearsal, I just want you to stand with me." See what she says, let her decide the day of the wedding, whatever.
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  • Thank you everyone. With her being my best friend for 10+ years, I just assumed that she would never think twice about being there for me. I got engaged in February, so it has been a while since then, plus me and my fiance had been doing ring searching since June of last year, which she knew all about because she is my best friend. She had to have known that if I ever got engaged that she would be one of the first people I would ask as a bridesmaid. I also made it very clear to her that I did not expect her to make it to the shower or a bachelorette party if I had one, and only expected her to be able to contribute in any way she can, and be there for the wedding day. I expressed all of this on numerous occasions before I asked her last weekend. Not ONCE has she ever brought up any concerns to me about time, stress, finances, whatever it may be. She was always excited, and always wanted to know about my plans. Had she brought anything up to me I would have tried to work things out or see what would be doable for her, or may not be as upset if I knew for sure she was really going to have a struggle with this. But nothing was ever said. She agreed to being a bridesmaid, then called me the next day and said no. I was hysterically crying because I was so shocked, I even told her I would pay for her flights and pay for her dress if it came down to it and her answer was still, "no i don't want to do it."  I'm not having an engagement party, I barely want a shower because I dont even really like them myself, and I don't really need a bachelorette party. Her and I even talked about dresses last year and my goal being to find a dress that was inexpensive and that my girls could wear more than once.

     

    Sorry for ranting. Its just really hard for me to understand.

  • plainjane0415plainjane0415 The hills of Tennessee member
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    Thank you everyone. With her being my best friend for 10+ years, I just assumed that she would never think twice about being there for me. I got engaged in February, so it has been a while since then, plus me and my fiance had been doing ring searching since June of last year, which she knew all about because she is my best friend. She had to have known that if I ever got engaged that she would be one of the first people I would ask as a bridesmaid. I also made it very clear to her that I did not expect her to make it to the shower or a bachelorette party if I had one, and only expected her to be able to contribute in any way she can, and be there for the wedding day. I expressed all of this on numerous occasions before I asked her last weekend. Not ONCE has she ever brought up any concerns to me about time, stress, finances, whatever it may be. She was always excited, and always wanted to know about my plans. Had she brought anything up to me I would have tried to work things out or see what would be doable for her, or may not be as upset if I knew for sure she was really going to have a struggle with this. But nothing was ever said. She agreed to being a bridesmaid, then called me the next day and said no. I was hysterically crying because I was so shocked, I even told her I would pay for her flights and pay for her dress if it came down to it and her answer was still, "no i don't want to do it."  I'm not having an engagement party, I barely want a shower because I dont even really like them myself, and I don't really need a bachelorette party. Her and I even talked about dresses last year and my goal being to find a dress that was inexpensive and that my girls could wear more than once.

     

    Sorry for ranting. Its just really hard for me to understand.

    It's very understandable, and even though she has talked about these things with you in the past, things change, life situations change, etc, and she may be in a place where she simply can't be a bridesmaid.  Whether it be personal issues, financial, physical, who knows, but I would just accept her decision and move on from it.  She is still your friend and can still be your best friend.  I know it's upsetting, but dwelling on it is only going to make things worse.  Best of luck to you and congrats!
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  • holyguacamole79holyguacamole79 a taco truck in Houston member
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    Has she indicated that she still plans on attending the wedding?
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  • Did you ask her individually or everyone as a group? From your post, it sounds like it could have been a group setting. If this is the case, is it possible she got her feelings hurt that you didn't ask her individually? Maybe she felt like when you asked it was impersonal, especially if she perceives herself to be closer to you than the others you asked at the same time. Just a thought. 


  • CMGragainCMGragain member
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    Have you priced airline fares from California to Pennsylvania lately?  Here are some excellent reasons your friend might have decided to decline:

    1.  MONEY!  Airline fares, hotel costs, food costs, bach. party and shower costs, the dress costs.....
    2.  Vacation time.  Maybe she just doesn't have the time built up at her job to take off another week.
    3.  Maybe she just had a bad experience with a Bridezilla, and she never wants to be in another wedding party again!
    4.  Other plans that conflict.

    Don't judge her.  You have other friends.
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  • OP, that must be really hard. You have my sympathy. It would break my heart if I asked someone and they said no. But I think you'll have to just move past it. There are are a lot of reasons someone may decline this, even putting aside money or time. It's better to have her decline than her be a lousy bridesmaid (although I have a low bar for bridesmaid behavior, basically showing up in the right dress) and have the relationship damaged because of it. 

    Has she gone through any recent break-ups or is she generally love lorn? Even when you're happy for your friend there can be a pang watching seemingly everyone you know get married when you can't find the right person. 
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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston member
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    I'm sorry.  It sucks when best friends aren't there for us the way we'd like them to be.

    But it's expensive to travel from one coast to another, stay at a hotel, buy a gift, and pay for local transportation and personal meals and entertainment for oneself outside of wedding time.  Add to that the cost of a dress, shoes, accessories, hair and makeup, and the costs of being a bridesmaid can really add up.

    And if there's something going on in her life like a recent breakup, a heavy workload at her job, health issues of her own or someone that she's close to, or whatever, then the time is just not right for her. 

    Letting go of this won't be easy, but it's necessary, and the sooner you do it, the easier things will be for all concerned.
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  • My situation is a little different, I proposed to my partner of 10 years, and my best friend decided at that point that she did not believe in same sex marriage. But, the feelings of hurt and disappointment were probably close to the same.  Turns out, she didn't even come to my wedding, but what I have told myself is that she is going to be the one that regrets it, not me.  It is your special and happy day, don't get so focused on the details that you miss out on what it is really about!
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  •  First. I will say, so sorry you are going through this. As difficult as it may be because she is one of your best friends. Try to focus on YOU and your soon to be hubby. Your wedding day means that you should be surrounded by all of those that love you, and I dont doubt that she doesnt love you. But perhaps this was a blessing in disguise. I do feel that it was a bit selfish of her. But thats just me. Regardless, make the best memories with your bridesmaids that accepted the role, the ones that want to be a part of your big day. Hope it helps. Best of luck and well wishes on your wedding day.
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  • So sorry to hear that. Where I understand where your best friend is coming from, she's supposed to be your BEST FRIEND. Even if she's tired, even if she's worried about the details, your best friend should be there for you. I understand long distance is hard, but my FSIL is going to be a bridesmaid and she lives in another country. You make it work because you love one another. I find the fact that she turned you down like that a little selfish. I think she should have come to you with a compromise like-"Would love to be your bridesmaid! I just won't be able to make everything because of the long distance." (etc.)
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  • ViczaesarViczaesar Central Coast, CA member
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    karlajoe1 said:
     First. I will say, so sorry you are going through this. As difficult as it may be because she is one of your best friends. Try to focus on YOU and your soon to be hubby. Your wedding day means that you should be surrounded by all of those that love you, and I dont doubt that she doesnt love you. But perhaps this was a blessing in disguise. I do feel that it was a bit selfish of her. But thats just me. Regardless, make the best memories with your bridesmaids that accepted the role, the ones that want to be a part of your big day. Hope it helps. Best of luck and well wishes on your wedding day.
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  • Appreciate her for her honesty.  It would hurt more if she overpromised and underdelivered.  That could result in a more devastating blow that her just being honest up front and saying that she doesn't have it in her.  I'm sure she struggled with her decision to decline.  But, as you said, she's your best friend.  Her lack of "participation" doesn't change that.  Because she won't be busy with wedding tasks, she might prove to be more supportive than the rest of your bridal party. 
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