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Unfortunately, we all know someone with a monster-in-law — and even more dismaying, sometimes that person is us. But these horror stories are so shocking they are sure to make you feel better about your own mother-in-law, whose antics surely can't compete with this craziness.
"My mother-in-law pushed all my buttons — then bawled at my wedding."
When it comes to recalling the shenanigans her mother-in-law whipped out before and during her wedding, Kristen begins, "where do I start?" Her soon-to-be family member had a way of pushing each and every one of her buttons, she reports, including calling when her then-fiancé wasn't home to toss out insults — only to deny the bitter diatribes when he returned. Then the wedding day came. "My mother-in-law spent the majority of our wedding crying in a separate room about her ex-husband, who was also at the wedding," Kristen describes. "She was crying that she still loved him!" Talk about awkward. Luckily, Kristen says, her mother-in-law couldn't truly spoil the day, despite her best efforts. "She in no way ruined my wedding — I wouldn't give her that credit — but she made the two years up to the wedding hell for me and my husband," she says.
"My mother-in-law gave the worst wedding toast of all time."
Jennifer had a feeling her future mother-in-law might not like her — or be happy for her son's impending marriage. But when Jennifer's newest family member didn't mince words in her wedding toast, the bride no longer had to question the woman's true feelings about her relationship with her son. "In the worst wedding toast of all time," Jennifer describes, "my mother-in-law didn't congratulate us or say any of the nice things people would typically say. For her toast, she launched into a complaint about how her son would not do homework when he was a kid. She berated him for this throughout her little speech, like it was a grudge she's held for the last 32 years and this was finally her opportunity to share it with the world." Ouch! But Jennifer continues, "I can't say that she ruined the day, but she sure did hurt my husband's feelings. He hasn't talked to her since."
"My mother-in-law made out with one of the groomsmen."
Katie knew her future mother-in-law had a wild side. As she describes, "she was the kind of woman who would suggest shots if we were out at a restaurant. She once took a shot out of a man's belly button — with her son in view!" But Katie mistakenly believed she would behave on the couple's wedding day. "She didn't," Katie laments. "When we couldn't find her for the mother-son dance, we sent our maid-of-honor and best man to track her down. They found her in a car in the parking lot — with her legs wrapped around one of the groomsmen!" Though her mother-in-law pulled herself together in time to take a twirl, Katie has never forgiven her. "And my husband no longer speaks to the friend who took her into the backseat," she says.