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She Hoped for a Perfect Wedding, But Her Mother-In-Law’s Actions Made It a Day to Remember for All the Wrong Reasons.

At the heart of a joyous occasion, the Original Poster (OP) found herself ensnared in a web of family tensions. The climax of the tale unfolds as the groom, deeply hurt, disappears to shed tears on what should’ve been the happiest day of his life. But what led to such heartbreak on a day filled with promise?

Delayed Arrival

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OP’s partner’s family promised to arrive by 1:00 p.m. for pre-wedding preparations. However, they reached at 5:00 pm, and to make matters worse, they forgot the steamer—the one item they were specifically asked not to forget.

The Polaroid Predicament

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On the morning of the wedding, OP’s mother-in-law (MIL) announced the Polaroid camera was out of battery. Despite saying she’d set out to fix the issue, she delayed, risking the groom being late for his first-look photos.

Snap at the MIL

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When MIL suggested buying a new camera, the groom, already stressed, snapped at her. He told her she should have communicated the problem sooner. He doesn’t have time to go to the store and buy equipment.

The Seating Saga

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On the wedding morning, MIL approached OP in the bridal room to pick up some flowers. Instead of commenting on how pretty OP looked in her dress, she immediately asked to change the seating arrangements to accommodate her brother.

Under Her Skin

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OP, understandably preoccupied and upset about the lack of decorum, told her MIL to consult her son about it. In retrospect, she admits she may have spoken to her MIL in an abrasive and annoyed manner.

A Cold Witness

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During the signing of the marriage papers, OP noticed MIL’s stark disapproval and nasty sneer. She hastily scribbled her signature, leaving no time for a photo, and sat down straightaway, clearly upset.

The Garden Gloom

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Following the ceremony, MIL took to sulking in the garden away from the other guests. The groom tried to approach her to understand her mood, but she dismissed him, claiming she was fine.

Mealtime Misery

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At the reception meal, MIL’s discomfort was palpable. She wandered around, made passive-aggressive comments about the food, and questioned the seating arrangements, all while avoiding OP’s parents and not smiling for photos.

A Son’s Tears

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OP’s fiancé was very affected by his mother’s demeanor. The more she displayed obvious passive-aggressive tendencies, the sadder he became until he had to excuse himself to hide in the bathroom and wipe away his tears.

An Early Exit

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Instead of engaging with guests and celebrating, MIL departed the venue at 10:00 p.m. without much interaction or dancing. The day after the wedding, OP and her partner confronted MIL about her behavior. They expressed their hurt over how she acted.

Denials and Accusations

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In the heat of the conversation, MIL defended her actions. She blamed OP and her son for shouting at her and claimed they ruined her day. Instead of acknowledging her behavior, MIL argued she hadn’t done anything wrong.

The Tense Apology

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At first, the MIL denied sulking and being rude during the wedding. After some time and further confrontation, MIL eventually apologized for causing distress. However, the apology came only after hours of dispute and felt insincere.

Friends Take Notice

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OP’s friends observed MIL’s behavior throughout the event. They were quick to notice the tension and felt sympathetic towards the newlyweds. OP’s family, unaware of the internal dynamics, wrongly believed they might have upset MIL.

Forgiveness and Moving Forward

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The groom, trying to mend ties, forgave his mother for her actions on his wedding day. He hoped to move on from the incident. Despite the apology and the groom’s forgiveness, OP struggled to overcome the hurt.

The Dilemma

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OP grappled with her feelings, torn between protecting her own well-being and not wanting to create further strain in her partner’s relationship with his mother. She questioned whether she should continue to distance herself from MIL or try to reconcile.

Was The Bride’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online for feedback and support from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “People like your MIL thrive on chaos like this. It won’t matter to her whether you forgive her or not. It won’t affect her behavior now or in the future. That your husband has forgiven her for purposefully ruining your wedding day is disappointing and doesn’t give me hope for your future.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “You kill a flame by smothering it. You deflate a narcissist by simply not talking to or about them. Your husband won’t allow you to cut her off because his spirit has already been broken.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “She will repeat this or similar behavior whenever she feels she’s not getting enough attention. Your husband has been groomed to not ‘rock the boat.’ You may or may not ever get him to understand this.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “She chose to make you and your partner’s big day a pity party for her, soaking in as much attention as possible. She’s probably a narcissist, but regardless, keeping minimal contact with her for a while would be good for your relationship.”

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