Since our engagement, my FMIL has presented my fiancé and I will an extraordinary amount of pushback, requests, and dramatic reactions fit for a scorned teenage girl. The kicker is, my family is paying for the entirety of the $200k+ wedding, including myself.
As as an overview, we live in NYC, which presents us with very expensive options. I understand that not everyone can afford such a wedding, and I am in an extraordinary circumstance for which I am very grateful. The difficulty, however, has been in my FMIL having certain expectations based on my family's abilities, and it has made me feel taken advantage of. To wit, she has:
-Propounded a guest list of 80 people, which is more than my fiancé and I combined. When we asked her to cut that number down due to financial considerations (politely, I might add!), she began to cry and stopped talking to my fiancé for two days. She has even ignored my parents' request to keep her list at a certain number of persons.
-We are having a black tie affair so I've asked all walking down the aisle to wear a long black gown, so there is some cohesion. This has been, quite literally, the only request I've made regarding same. She immediately said "no."
-She told my fiancé that she has no intention of providing for a rehearsal dinner, and did so without consulting her husband who later told my fiancé that they would assist. Her response? "Ignore your father, we are not contributing."
-She has asked us to pay for her parking, hair, and make up.
-She asked us to add more rooms to the hotel block to accommodate her friends, even though I told her I would be financially responsible for rooms unfilled/more rooms than the contract allows. She pressed the issue because her best friend had not yet booked a room, even though she had several months to do so.
-While she offered to throw a bridal shower, in addition to my own mother's, her guest list consisted of no less than 10 of her friends (on a list of 15 people). I never met and/or heard of the friends listed, and expressed that I would feel uncomfortable essentially asking persons whom I've never met or have no relationship with to attend a celebration in my honor and/or purchase a gift.
-She created a list of songs she wants to hear at the wedding and got upset when we told her that we would consult with the band (again, paid for by my family) and pick great music.
-All of the save-the-dates for my friends, fiance's friends, and his family were paid for by me. She did not offer to assist considering the extraordinary expense and amount mailed to her family and friends.
-Since all bridesmaids, sisters, and even stepmother have been excited and sent pictures of dress choices--I NEVER asked for them!--I asked if she would provide a photo, too. She FLIPPED out and told me that I had no right to pick her dress. I never said I would or wanted to, just asked if she intended to send photos, too. Everyone is excited and wants to share their part, I guess she's not? The text berating me was literally war and peace.
I've had several crying meltdowns over the behavior because I have anxiety that any step in the process will be met with something bizarre. I know wedding planning isn't always a pleasant process, but this has made me dread things that should otherwise be exciting and joyful. I'm afraid she's taken that from me. What do I do?