Dear Ann Landers, My 32-year-old daughter is getting married for the second time. My daughter and I have a good relationship, but my ex-wife and I barely speak. She and my daughter made all the wedding preparations and paid for the whole thing without any assistance from me. I received a wedding invitation, but it excluded my fiancee, "Greta."
Greta and I have been together for the past six years. During this time, my daughter has visited us often and always seemed comfortable with the relationship. Greta is very hurt and angry that she was not invited to the wedding. She asked me to speak to my daughter about the "oversight" and said that if no invitation was forthcoming, I should not go to the wedding, either.
I spoke to my daughter, who told me it was the expressed desire of her mother, my ex-wife, not to invite Greta. My daughter receives a lot of financial help from her mother and is obviously reluctant to go against her mother's wishes.
What should I do? If I attend the wedding alone, Greta will think I let her down. If I don't go at all, my daughter will assume I favor my fiancee over her and will be crushed. Any suggestions would be appreciated. -- Dad in Bonita, Calif.
Dear Dad, Greta should have been invited to the wedding because she has been your significant other for six years. She was not invited, however, which means she is not welcome. It would be classy of Greta to say, "Go -- have a good time, and bring me a piece of wedding cake." If she does not choose to be gracious, go anyway.
This is your daughter's day, and her wish to have you there takes precedence.
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The bride and groom should make all the parents and step parents welcome, each person may have had differing roles over the years in helping the young couple achieve their goals, but all should be appreciated.
Of course the Mother of the bride wants to be special, she is. This is a good time for a somewhat splintered family to all be one and show the younger children how to do it right. More love is always better!
Nice job in making the fiancee become the fall guy for proper behavior. Why are you not calling out the manipulative behavior of the mother being allowed by the daughter? The daughter is 32 years old and is getting married for the second time. It's the daughter's responsibility to make people behave at HER wedding and not to allow her money-bag mother control the proceedings and allow for behavior that is utterly out of line and not acceptable.
Deming NM's Comment
The bride's father should just tell the bride and his ex that he is coming and bringing Greta and they can go suck lemons.
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