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Her Wedding Was Supposed to Be Child-Free, But Her Sister In-Law Caused an Unforgettable Scene.

In the close-knit, large-family culture of Utah, the Original Poster’s (OP) daughter makes a bold choice for her wedding – a child-free policy for guests with kids aged four and under. This decision ignites a family feud, particularly when her sister’s in-laws violate the rule, leading to OP’s interference to avoid chaos. But in the heat of the argument, the bride considers an unimaginable alternative for her wedding walk, leaving readers to ponder, will she go through with it?

The Utah Homecoming

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OP, a 48-year-old man, has a 26-year-old daughter who moves back to their home state, Utah, after attending dental school in Boston. The move is dictated by her fiancé’s company’s transfer, not by her own choice. She expresses unhappiness about her return, setting the stage for possible tensions.

Planning the Big Day

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Caught in the tradition of large Mormon families, the daughter begins planning her wedding. She struggles with venue capacity and childcare logistics for guests with young kids. She decides no kids under four years old will be invited to her wedding, causing upset among some family members.

Ashley’s Request

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Ashley, the younger sister, married for two years, implores the bride to invite her brother-in-law and his wife. The brother-in-law has a particularly significant connection to the family, having financed OP’s brother’s business and employing Ashley’s husband. However, the in-laws have been hesitant to accept Ashley initially due to their skepticism of newcomers.

The Young Horde

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Despite the bride’s explicit instructions, Ashley’s brother-in-law turns up early with all five of their children. Four of these children are under the wedding’s age cut-off. They show up without their nanny violating the ‘no kids under four’ policy.

The Wedding Day Clash

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Upon learning about the extra, uninvited children, the bride becomes angry. OP and the in-laws defend their decision, insisting their kids wanted to be in the wedding photos. A heated argument ensues.

Sibling Standoff

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Ashley becomes upset, struggling between loyalty to her sister and the desires of her in-laws. Her brother-in-law and sister-in-law refuse to back down, and their toddlers start creating a racket and escalating the tension.

OP’s Intervention

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Seeing the chaos, OP steps in, advising the bride to relent on her child-free policy or cancel the wedding because he’s done with her rules and leaving. This move shocks the bride. She accuses OP of taking sides, and the disagreement pushes the wedding ceremony to the brink of cancellation.

Bride’s Ultimatum

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The bride, angry at her father’s ultimatum and bullying, considers walking down the aisle with her future father-in-law instead. She grapples with the decision to uphold her rules or bow to her father’s advice.

Reluctant Resolution

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The bride eventually relents and allows the underaged kids to stay. However, this decision comes at a cost, as she believes the dispute has tainted her special day. OP finds himself wondering if he was in the wrong for stepping in.

Lingering Resentment

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The wedding goes ahead, but the initial argument leaves a bitter taste. The bride’s forced compromise haunts her, marring what should have been a happy event. The memory of the dispute creates a lasting sore point for the family.

Fear for Ashley

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OP fears that his interference may have caused tension between Ashley and her in-laws. He worries about the potential long-term consequences of this wedding day confrontation. The fallout from the disagreement leaves a question mark over the family’s future dynamics.

The Unspoken Issues

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The incident brings to light some unaddressed issues within the family. The wedding becomes less about celebration and more about family politics. OP starts questioning whether his daughter’s happiness is worth risking family unity.

Post-Wedding Blues

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In the aftermath of the wedding, the bride feels the dispute ruined her special day. She struggles with feelings of resentment towards her family for not supporting her decision. The aftermath of the conflict presents a new challenge for the family to navigate.

Rebuilding the Bonds

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The family tries to navigate the tensions after the wedding. OP attempts to reconcile with his daughter and ease the tension between Ashley and her in-laws. The aftermath of the wedding becomes a test of their family bond.

Was The Father of The Bride’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts his story online for feedback. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “I constantly read about unreasonable brides. Your daughter is so accommodating she allowed your other daughter’s in-laws to come. The in-laws brought five children!”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “Your daughter was clear. She did not want children under four years old at the wedding. The utter disregard and contempt for your daughter on her wedding day is disappointing and inexcusable.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “It is her wedding. These people lied to her. I doubt they intended to leave the other kids with a sitter. I don’t think your daughter’s rule was out of line.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “She made a clear, common, reasonable rule for her wedding, went out of her way to invite the family by request, and they broke it because some toddlers wanted to be in pictures?”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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