sisters not envites to nephews wedding

by marie
(st. louis)

I come from a large family. We have had our share of UPS and downs but me and my 2 sisters have always remained friends. My sisters husband and I don't care for each other but I have always been polite to each other. He never came to any family gatherings and my sister avoided having anything at her home. My other sister and I would always plan and entertain at one of our homes. I don't know how to feel that my other sister and I have been told we probably won't be invited because my nephew and his bride will be paying for everything and can't afford to invite everyone. The odd thing is they plan on having a BBQ the summer before the wedding for those they can't have to the wedding. I'm partly angry and partly hurt. If I am invited to the BBQ I feel like it's just for a gift. I would think that my sister would offer to pay for her only sisters to come to share this big event. I thought we were close.
What do you think I should do?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Marie,

When a sibling marries someone not accepted or liked by other family members one can expect this type of situation. I doubt whether your relationship with your sister has much to do with your exclusion from the wedding. Most likely, it is something between the parents of the groom causing it. My guess is your sister is trying to keep the peace within her own family by appeasing her husband. If you love your sister and her son, go to the party to which you were invited, smile and bring a nice gift. You will feel good about yourself and save your close relationship with your sister. I’ll bet she will be very grateful that you were so accommodating and loving, while helping her to keep the peace at home.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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