"My mother has taken the guest list my fiance and I made (65 people) and added 100 people to it, none of whom I've met before. She also booked the reception site without my knowing (a five-star hotel vs. the national park we had chosen)."
"My mother-in-law-to-be foams at the mouth with the simple mention of the word 'wedding.' At a recent tasting, she burst into tears and began singing the song she and my fiance chose for their mother-son dance...at the dinner table in front of five other couples. My revenge? I convinced her that I wanted to walk down the aisle to 'Don't Stop Believin'' with a fog machine."
"My future mother-in-law bought us our honeymoon plane tickets as a wedding gift, so she pretty much controlled our schedule -- two days shorter than I wanted."
"My fiance's mom wanted me to wear her wedding gown -- I had to gently turn it down."
"My mom-in-law has insisted on having a wedding cake and is going to provide one herself, even though we don't want one. She's inviting all of her friends to the reception -- many of whom the groom has never met. She had an outfit and jewelry picked out for me to wear on my wedding day, not taking into consideration that I might want to buy my own dress. I feel like my wedding has been hijacked!"
"My parents divorced when I was in the eighth grade, and my mom went so far as to bribe me to let her walk me down the aisle. She had offered a very generous budget for our wedding and followed the offer by saying she's only willing to pay that much if she can walk me down the aisle."
"My mother is planning my bridal shower because she thinks my bridesmaids won't do a good job!"
"When I got married, I really wanted gardenias, but they were completely unaffordable. I realized I had to compromise and loved our flower choices, but my mother-in-law didn't wear the corsage we bought for her. She ordered her own -- yep, gardenias! She said, 'Don't worry, I paid for this myself.'"
"My future mother-in-law told me this was more her day because it's her son, and she informed me she was going to wear a white dress!"
"My fiance's mom has skipped right past the wedding and went on to baby planning. Instead of looking at dresses and cakes, she's looking for colors to paint the nursery in her house! I'm not even married yet and she's ready to be a grandma."
-- Compiled by Miles Stiverson
Basics for Moms