Bride Furious at Groom for Inviting High School Bullies to Wedding

Gillian Sisley

Should a guest be invited if they mistreated the bride or groom?

Weddings are considered to be monumental events for most people. They’re life-changing for the couple, and a very exciting time for those wishing to celebrate the bride and groom. That said, wedding planning isn’t for the faint of heart, and one of the more difficult aspects of the planning process is having to navigate the politics of guests and family members.

With that in mind, many married couples agree that creating the guest list is one of the most complicated and difficult parts of the wedding planning process. Couples would often like to invite most of the people they know, but due to cost reasons, it’s not practical for an average couple to be able to afford that many guests. There are also other personal reasons why a bride or groom may wish to not invite someone they know to their big day.

This was exactly the case in a recent online post in which a bride becomes angry with her groom, who invited her high school bullies to their wedding.

Should a guest be invited if they mistreated the bride or groom?

A Reddit post published on February 21st, reported on by Alice Gibbs from Newsweek, has gone viral with 10,000 upvotes and 2,700 comments. The groom begins his post by clarifying that he is getting married this year, and he met his fiancee in high school. While he and his bride attended the same school they weren’t friends as teenagers.

The author was recently going over the guest list with his bride, and when she read the friends he wanted to invite from their high school days, she began to panic. She informed him that his friends had heavily bullied and harassed her in school, and for that reason, she didn’t want them at their wedding.

The groom told his fiancee that she was being ridiculous, and that everyone was more mature now after so many years had passed. He also said she was being unreasonable to still be reflecting on what he called ‘high school drama’.

The bride-to-be began to cry, deeply upset that her future husband was insisting on inviting her high school bullies to their wedding. She accused him of having no consideration for her feelings, or the past pain she’s been through. Her trauma from bullying still deeply affected her.

When should a person who was bullied be expected to ‘get over it’?

While some feel that teasing is meant to be harmless, it can easily move into the potential of bullying. Bullying is defined as any acts that are committed against another person with the intention to harm or hurt them.

Data also reports that cyberbullying has a direct link to in-person bullying. The lasting effects of bullying can include emotional distress and self-esteem issues.

The groom concludes his post by stating that he really wants to invite his high school buddies to his big day, but he wonders if he’s being unfair to his fiancee if he does so.

What do you think? Is it about time the bride gets over her past of being bullied, and let her husband invite his friends to their wedding? Or is the groom being cruel to his fiancee by knowingly inviting her high school bullies to the most important day of her life?

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