She Gave Them Nothing For Their Wedding, But When the Bride Called Her Out on Her Ridiculous Gift , She Couldn’t Believe It

A woman told the story of how she recently got verbally abused after she criticized her mother for mocking ‘meager’ cash gifts from family members while not contributing anything herself. Here’s what the newly married daughter had to say.

She Had Issues

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The newlywed daughter and her mother had a difficult history, with the daughter even halting all communication on occasion.

The daughter explained, “I initially went non-communicative because she was a raging, abusive alcoholic, and when I decided to reach out again, it was because she was given a year to live (cirrhosis/liver failure). Not surprising, considering I have never known her sober.”

She Resumed Communication

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The woman broke her ‘no communication’ stance when her mother fell ill and hoped that the older woman would be a better person in general, given that she had stopped drinking. However, the daughter confirmed, “Now she’s just raging and abusive.” 

Torn between her mental health and guilt surrounding her mother’s poor health, the woman maintained contact. Her mother’s friends also urged her to “do the right thing and forgive her.”

They Saved for Their Wedding

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The daughter had found love, and she and her husband tied the knot two months ago. They had planned a grand wedding but opted for a smaller, more personal one in the end. 

The couple held a small ceremony with a marriage officer on Friday, followed by a lovely lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant on Saturday. 

They Were Generous

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The new wife said, “In total, Friday came to $3,000, and Saturday came to around $10,000; we were completely happy with that, because it was a fraction of what we had saved.”

Being under budget and wanting to share this with others, the bride and groom had asked their guests not to bring gifts or pay for themselves. 

Her Mother Demanded Cash for the Wedding

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However, the bride’s difficult mother insisted they ask the guests to contribute financially, which the couple strongly disagreed with and chose to ignore. 

Despite this, two days before the wedding, her father-in-law unexpectedly gave them $3,000. On the day of the lunch, he even paid for everyone’s drinks while they settled the remaining bill, including a tip that her mother criticized, despite being a waitress herself.

Many Family Members Gifted

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Unexpectedly, the groom’s mother got a copy of the bill and sent the couple half the amount. In addition, the woman’s father gifted them $2,000, while both grandmothers gave $1,000 each. 

“I do not usually tally up money gifts and compare them; I totaled the amounts because my mother belittled people for how little they gave when, in reality, everyone was so incredibly generous despite us not even wanting gifts,” she related.

Her Mother Was Rude

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The mother’s criticism of the other guests for what she perceived as ‘small’ contributions greatly upset her daughter, who was truly grateful for the money and profusely thanked everyone who had contributed. 

This situation was further aggravated by her mother’s false claim that the newlyweds couldn’t afford the wedding, leading her to demand more money from the guests.

She Confronted Her

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When the daughter learned that her mother had secretly contacted other guests, telling them lies and begging for more wedding cash, she called her to confront her.

The older woman wasn’t apologetic, only responding with disappointment for what she perceived as ‘meager’ contributions. 

She Called Out Her Hypocrisy

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The frustrated woman then asked her mother about her own financial contribution, which she assumed should be substantial given her criticisms of everybody else’s. 

The daughter added, “This made her angry, and she called me selfish and nasty. She’s been harassing me over text to apologize, but I don’t even want to talk to her.”

Her father, although no longer in a relationship with her mother, suggested that the woman apologize to maintain peace. 

She Was Offended

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However, the woman was too upset, not about the lack of monetary contribution from her mother, but rather her continually disrespectful and shameful behavior. 

She was also particularly offended that her mother had expected others to contribute so generously while not even covering the cost of the two friends she invited to the wedding without asking. 

Should She Say Sorry?

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Aware of her mother’s ill health but still fuming over her unacceptable behavior, the woman was unsure if she should apologize or not.

Wanting to get an outside opinion on the matter, she posted the tale online, seeking advice from online users as to what she should do next.

People Responded

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One poster wrote, “So let me get this straight; she gave you nothing, brought two uninvited guests along, demanded others give you money behind your back, and moaned about the amounts they, not she, gave? And is now harassing you for an apology from you?”

Another replied, “Sorry, but your mom sounds like a horrible human being to be around, and I am glad your dad left her.”

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