Weddings are stressful to plan for a variety of reasons. As a bride and groom you don't just have to think about what you're wearing, but what everyone else is too. You want to stand out from the rest, but also many like to give their groomsmen and bridesmaids a theme to follow so they look good as part of the ceremony.
Not everyone makes it so easy, however...
In a Facebook rant, one bride-to-be revealed her disquiet over her mother-in-law's choice of dress. She asked her guests to stick to a pink, blush and peach colour theme, but her partner's mother decided to choose a white dress... with a train. Not only that, but she's now refusing to change.
The chosen dress features a floral design on the white fabric, but the bridal-style train has caused the bride some serious concern. She soon confronted her mother-in-law over the design, but instead found that she wasn't going to change it, which led her to share her frustrations on Facebook.
“Is it as bad as I think it is?” she wrote, sharing a photo of the outfit. “Please tell me it’s as bad as I think it is and I’m not overreacting for it being too white? We gave her around five colours to pick from in our theme and tried to make it fun for her because she’s been so unexcited about the whole wedding."
The bride reportedly took her for a day of shopping, but despite this received a message afterwards to say that she'd bought a dress on her own. She refused to show her the design, but the groom's little sister managed to get a snap of herself wearing it - and the photo revealed the bride's absolute worst fears.
“I don’t want to be the same colour as the bridesmaids and any light pink, blush, peach colours like that wash me out,” the mother-in-law wrote once she was confronted over the dress. “I’m sorry that y’all don’t think I can pick out a presentable dress for your wedding. I feel like I’m an embarrassment to everyone and have to have my dress picked out like I’m a child. It hurts.”
She then said that if they felt as if she was going to “embarrass” her with what she chooses to wear, she can “just sit in the back”. Many people defended the bride-to-be after the post was shared to a wedding shaming Facebook group.
“Who and why would you think that it’s acceptable to wear a white dress WITH A TRAIN to your sons wedding??” one person wrote, while another added: “No one wears white to a wedding … It’s disrespectful. It’s their day don’t ruin it by wearing something with a train or white.”
Others picked up on "manipulative thing of ‘Oh I’ll just sit in the back and leave right after’ sob story," with one user writing: “Holy emotional manipulation!!!”
However, there were some who believed that the dress was fine, and they couldn't understand how it looked like a wedding dress. “Without the train I can’t see this passing as a wedding dress, so maybe if she can get it altered?” one person asked, suggesting that during the event the bride would be more eye-catching anyway.
So, what do you think? Is this way over the line, or is the bride-to-be overreacting?