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Good Morning, My husband and I had a big fight and my daughters are really mad at him and kids. We are still together and the fight happen 8 months ago. However, I oldest daughter is getting married in May and will not invite my husbands children. My husband said he will not go to the engagement party or the wedding. I have been fighting with my daughter to do the right thing and she refuses. I want to put my foot down and not go but I cannot bring myself to do it. Any advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jackie 



Good morning, Jackie, I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and have been working with couples and families for 20 years. Weddings are certainly a difficult time for most blended families. First and foremost, make a commitment to your daughter right now that you will be at her engagement party and wedding, whether your husband is or not. The wedding is her time and should be about her and her wishes. She needs to know that her mother will be there for her on her big day, period. Now for the family problems. It is good that you have several months before the wedding. I strongly recommend that you and your husband find a couples therapist, preferably a Marriage and Family Therapist. Whatever you fought about 8 months ago was significant enough that it is still dividing the family and probably the two of you. In fact, your daughter could be carrying your anger at your husband that has not been resolved. If your children see that you are working to resolve things, it will impact them positively. Your MFT can even bring your children into therapy a couple of times to work out the existing problems. Having a professional "referee" works wonders in resolving big family issues. So if you are willing to seek that help, your family can begin to heal much sooner than May. You could even have pleasant holidays. You may go to and to search for family therapists where you live. I hope this is helpful. Chat back if you need anything further. If you are satisfied with my answer, please submit a positive rating for my work. I wish you, your husband and family healing, take care, Eleanor
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I fully agree with Eleanor when it comes to seeking counseling in this regard. There are clearly deeper issues in play here.

--- While the counseling is vastly the superior option, with wedding plans underway it's difficult to find a moment to get to that.
-- As both a counselor and etiquette teacher, please let me help with the etiquette side ok?
Husband is correct in feeling slighted and his children should be as well. To-the-point advice for mother of the bride is to let her daughter know that the grace she behaves with on this day (or the lack of grace) will echo in her life forever. It is simply not worth planting the seeds of resentment and ill will when the bride has the opportunity to show everyone how elegantly open hearted she can be, even to people she's not fond of.

The bride would be enabling herself with tremendous power by not only inviting those children, but going out of her way to be nice. From that point forward, that side of the family would have a high goal to live up to, OR they'll just look bad for not being as gracious

It's 'just one day', but it's a day so important and special that everyone will remember it for all the years to come. Surely the bride wants to be remembered for her style and diplomacy rather than for her bad feelings, low brow behavior and vindictiveness. Propriety dictates the husband's (step father's) children are invited. To violate this protocol doesn't do anything except reflect poorly on the bride.

Again, Eleanor's suggestion is certainly preferable; however, if there is no time or room in your schedules that's understandable too and she and I wanted to provide you with every aspect to choose from.

Thank you for this opportunity

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Hello again, your question was apparently sent to 2 categories, Relationship and Etiquette. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I received your question in the Relationship Category and responded as such. Thus my answer was focused on healing relationships in your family. I have worked with many families over the years in similar situations and have had great success. I hope you will seriously consider family therapy. Whatever you decide to do, I hope your daughter's wedding is full of peace and grace, Eleanor
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My husband was also invited. Should he go as well? Thank you, Jackie

Yes, absolutely!!