A bride-to-be has been branded a ‘bridezilla’ after kicking off about her soon-to-be teen sister-in-law buying her Sweet 16 birthday gown at her wedding dress appointment
Going to pick a wedding dress is often one of the most special days of a bride’s life and arguably an event in itself.
Many brides bring along their mums, grandmothers, bridesmaids and often their future in-laws along to enjoy the experience as they say yes to the dress.
But, while choosing a wedding dress is indisputably a day which should be all about the bride, one woman has been left feeling disappointed after her future sister-in-law decided to take the opportunity to buy a gown for herself.
“I invited my soon-to-be mother-in-law wedding dress shopping as an olive branch because we don’t have the best relationship,” the bride-to-be explained on Reddit. The mother-in-law asked if she could bring her 15-year-old stepdaughter Emily along and she agreed.
The bride explained, however, that the teen’s parents are currently going through a divorce, which has meant that both sets of parents have found themselves buying Emily lavish gifts in a bid to keep her affection during the ongoing legal proceedings.
An example of this is that the teen will soon be having an over-the-top formal Sweet 16 party, as well as going to Disney and having celebrations with just her mum.
“She has been talking about it non-stop, picking out the car she wants, making plans for the actual day,” the bride continued, adding that the Sweet 16 celebrations happen to fall on the same month as the wedding.
“The issue began when Emily was walking around the boutique and found a dress she loved for her party. Mother-in-law told her to try it on, which kind of bothered me because it wasn’t Emily’s event.”
The bride’s mum told the mother-in-law that it was “bad etiquette” to let Emily try on the dress, but the mother-in-law did not agree. Thing then went from bad to worse when the 15-year-old overheard the conversation and accused the woman of being a “bridezilla.”
“I nicely asked Emily to stay out of the adult conversation, and Emily told [my] mother-in-law that it isn’t even her fault her relationship with her son is strained because we are so nit-picky and she was literally just trying on a dress.
“I snapped at Emily that she has no idea what she is talking about and maybe when she is older she’ll have a clue, but a wedding is way way more important than some birthday party. I said birthdays come every year and it really isn’t that special.
“Emily told me to chill and why can’t I share and all the dresses I tried on were ‘basic.’ Finally mother-in-law told Emily they were leaving and stormed out (after paying for the dress).”
The bride concluded by explaining that much of her mother-in-law’s family were furious about the situation, and unfortunately many Reddit users agreed.
“Here’s the thing. HER birthday is more important to her than YOUR wedding,” one commented. “Why are you arguing with a child because they are excited about their birthday compared to your wedding when it sounds like she barely even knows you?”
Fortunately, others sympathised, with one commenting: “Wedding gown shopping is a tradition and an occasion, you don’t just flippantly decide to make it your shopping experience too.”