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Family wedding this weekend - Do I have to go???

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dragonfly14 posted 8/28/2014 15:55 PM

My husband's brother is getting married on Saturday (His 2nd marriage to a woman he cheated with while married to his first wife). It's a tiny ceremony with six people total if I go. His brother, his mother, and her husband are coming out from Kansas for the event.

There are multiple reasons I don't want to go. The biggest one being our current situation and I don't really feel like spending an entire day with his family pretending like all is ok. Especially family that has been married multiple times.

The ceremony is taking place in the mountains. So having to give up part of my holiday weekend to drive in mountain holiday traffic to be with people I only kind of sort of like is not my idea of fun.

My husband has said it wouldn't be a big deal if I don't go. We're already leaving the kids with my mom so we don't have to put them through all of this. My husband is going as he will be the best man. He doesn't think any of his family will care if I go or not (which I believe, because that's how they are.)

I do feel guilty over all of this. His brother was in our wedding party and regardless of how this wedding came about I would feel bad for totally snubbing it. On the other hand I feel I do deserve to be a bit selfish and take control over my three day weekend and make it as stress free and relaxing as I possibly can.

What do you all think?

somanyyears posted 8/28/2014 16:05 PM


His 2nd marriage to a woman he cheated with while married to his first wife).

..there's reason enough NOT to go! Going would condone the BIL actions..

..absolutely, do what you think is best for YOU.


Skan posted 8/28/2014 18:18 PM

Stay at home by yourself and relax. Given the circumstances, I wouldn't go.

trying22 posted 8/28/2014 18:36 PM

I can see how this would be difficulty. Its family so you feel obligation to go.. but under the circumstances I think you have every right not to go.. you should do what you heart tells you too.. if you do go it may bring back strong memories and upset you so hopefully your spouse will be understanding and be there for you..

determinata posted 8/29/2014 00:31 AM

If his family won't care about your being there or not and you don't want to go, gently, it sounds like you are getting in the way of your own contentment. Why?

Chicky posted 8/29/2014 00:37 AM

I have adopted a practice in my life that has helped me tremendoulsy when dealing with this type of issue, especially since I have the inlaws from hell (the supported and encouraged the affair ):

Regardless of the situation or occasion, if I DO NOT WANT to do it, I DON'T. Point. Blank. Period. (and I don't offer any other explanation other than, "I just don't want to")

LoveHerStill posted 8/29/2014 08:19 AM

I would just tell them the truth if it was me in this situation. I would tell them that I do not support a marriage based on infidelity. I feel that attending would signal that I condone adultery, and I do not.

Brother or not, I am surprised that your husband is attending after what he has done and what he has put you through.

Bottom line, if you don't feel comfortable going, don't. That is what healthy boundaries are all about!

deena04 posted 8/30/2014 09:09 AM

If you aren't comfortable, tell WS and have him go without you if he chooses. He can offer up the explanation as long as you are not painted as the bad guy.

Ghostrider posted 8/30/2014 10:21 AM

I don't see why you have to participate. It's your call. Not going is completely understandable to a calm rational thinking person.

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