Preparation for a wedding can be a stressful time for brides-to-be. They have more than enough on their plates without having to worry about what their guests will wear.
In one case, a bride had to seek help from social media when her future mother-in-law revealed what she would be wearing on the special day. The wedding gown the mother-in-law wore when she wed.
The bride initially thought it was a joke and put it down to her future mother-in-law having a peculiar sense of humor. After all, everyone knows that the focus should be on the bride, not the mother of the groom. She only realized the gravity of the situation when she attempted to put her foot down.
Unfortunately, the bride's attempt to take charge of her day was not well received. The groom’s mother categorically stated that since it was her son's wedding, and she was paying for it, she had the right to wear whatever she wanted.
Most commonly, we hear stories of difficult brides, hence the term “bridezillas.” We also hear stories of controlling mothers-in-law. However, this side of their character is typically hidden until after the couple have been married for a while. It is quite unusual to hear of a groom’s mother wanting to vy for attention with her future daughter-in-law on her special day.
Mothers-in-law have a reputation for being critical, controlling, judgemental and domineering. It is not by chance that they are called monsters-in-law. According to Susan Newman, a psychologist and author of 15 books, quoted by We Have Kids, meddling in-laws can add stress to a relationship.
"When a couple defers to meddling in-laws, it adds considerable stress to a partnership." — Susan Newman, Ph.D., psychologist and author
Couples can protect themselves by learning to recognize the characteristics of controlling in-laws and establishing appropriate boundaries.
Source: The Mirror