How to Handle a Sister-In-Law's Demands for Her Wedding Day

Handling Sister In Law During Wedding

Photo: Kate Holstein

The second you slip on your perfect wedding dress or glimpse your engagement ring, you immediately form an emotional attachment. The same goes for customized gifts your friends and family give you to commemorate your big day. However, what happens when your covetable creations another bride-to-be wishes for one of your possessions as her "something borrowed"? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery or so the saying goes, but there are certain wedding heirlooms that every bride wants to keep for herself. You're well within your rights to feel as though that a personalized wedding item, should just be yours, but your future in-law may view the decision as a personal insult instead of an attempt to keep your gift sacred. As you'll likely be encountering her at future family events for the foreseeable future, now is the time to forge a bond and create the foundation for a friendly relationship.

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If lending your in–law the item is still not something you're comfortable with, give her a similarly customized find as a gift. Your in–law will appreciate the gesture and will be able to keep the present as an added benefit. Whatever you decide, remember that a kind act now may pave the way to a better relationship with your in-laws and your husband in the future.

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