The Photographer

When planning for our wedding, my MIL provided lots of referrals to me. She had distant relatives that were florists, photographers, caterers. She promoted all of them to me, gushing their praises. “Ben is a great photographer. He did the photography for Kristin’s wedding and it turned out lovely,” she wrote to me in an…

The Dance

When Jack and I got married, we didn’t plan to have a dance at the reception. The biggest reason was budget – we just didn’t have the money for it. My MIL, who loves any reason to throw a party, was horrified when she inquired about our plans for a dance and I told her,…

The Proposal Idea

“I have a GREAT idea for how you should propose,” my then-future MIL said to Jack as they ate lunch at his parent’s house one day. Jack looked at his mother skeptically, but she continued on undaunted, “You should invite all of us – your dad and me, Emily’s parents, and Emily – all out…

Words to Live By

When I got married, my MIL gave me a couple books that were gathering dust in her basement. (Giving gifts from her basement is something my MIL loves to do. She sees it as a win-win. She gets crap out of her basement, and you get the crap. How is this not wonderful?!) The first…

The Wedding Dress

When Jack and I got married, MIL desperately wanted a say in everything related to the wedding. However, she knew her status as MIL only gave her so much say in certain things, like my wedding dress. This led to a couple amusing situations in which MIL resorted to creative solutions in order to get…