A 40-year-old man (OP) finds himself entangled in a family feud when his sister, the bride-to-be, excludes his teenage son from her wedding after he painstakingly designs her wedding dress. As the tensions escalate and family ties are threatened, will a resolution be reached, or will the wedding bells toll a discordant note?
A Family Proposal
The OP’s younger sister gets proposed to by her long-time partner, leaving the family in a state of joyous surprise. At the same proposal dinner, the sister requests the OP’s 17-year-old son to design her wedding dress. The son, a budding fashion designer, accepts but insists he’ll need constant feedback.
Dress Design Drama
The son diligently sketches out 50 dress designs, only one of which the sister approves. OP funds the high-quality fabric, and the son begins crafting the dress. Annoyingly, the sister is continuously critical, demanding constant alterations and improvements.
The Final Fitting
After five months of continuous adjustments, the dress is finally complete, and it is nothing short of spectacular. Witnessing the sister in the dress, their mother is moved to tears, and even OP feels a lump in his throat. However, their happiness is short-lived as a major conflict is about to erupt.
The Missing Invitation
The son brings to OP’s attention that he hasn’t received a wedding invitation, unlike other family members. OP messages the sister to inquire about the missing invitation, expecting a misunderstanding or a minor mistake. The sister’s response throws OP for a loop.
No Minors Allowed
The sister responds that she doesn’t want any underage individuals at her wedding due to the presence of alcohol. OP asks if an exception can be made for his son, considering his significant contribution. The sister flatly refuses, saying, “No.”
The Unreasonable Rule
OP finds the rule nonsensical, given his son is the only minor in the family. The son is heartbroken; he spent months creating a dress for an event he’s now barred from. In a fit of anger, OP tells the sister to find another dress as her wedding attire.
The sister accuses OP of being unreasonable and causing a rift in the family over a trivial matter. The mother also calls, urging OP to comply with the sister’s wishes. OP stands his ground, hanging up on the mother and causing the family to divide over the issue.
Despite the family’s disagreement, OP maintains that he is being rational and fair. He believes he is merely treating his sister the way she treated his son. He posts his story online and awaits the internet’s judgment.
A Flood of Support
OP is overwhelmed by the support and suggestions from the online community. He discusses these ideas with his son, who agrees to sell the dress at market price. They send the proposal to the sister, triggering a new wave of conflict.
The Price of Family
The sister objects to buying the dress, arguing it should be a gift as “she is family.” OP retorts, stating, “It was too easy to say she was family to get a free dress, but not enough to include my son.” She pleads with OP not to ruin her wedding, but he remains unmoved.
The sister never offers to include the son in the wedding, nor does she apologize for her actions. Some speculate the sister’s fiancé, a Christian who has never been close to the son, could be influencing her decisions. Regardless, OP decides if his son is excluded, he, too, will cut ties with the sister.
A Dress Unseen
OP receives requests to share a picture of the dress but respects his son’s wish to keep it private. He apologizes for disappointing the curious online community, adding another layer of intrigue to the story. As the wedding approaches, the family remains divided.
Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “So your sister can’t have children at her wedding but use your son as child labor to make her wedding dress?”
Another responder wrote: “She should pay for the dress.”
A Different Perspective
A different person states, “I know people like child-free weddings, but if you have only one underaged person in your whole family and they’re 17, they’re surely an exception.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
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