My fiance and I have dated 4 years. For various reasons, due to work schedules or school, etc, I never spent a holiday with his family till Thanksgiving 2009. I had met his family twice before. I was very nervous, because his family leaves across the country from mine and I had never spent a holiday without them.
So, my fiance and I arrive the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It's just me, his parents-his grandparents will be coming over-his one sister lives in Canada and his other sister will be with her in-laws for the holiday. Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, I come downstairs, looking for someone to tell me where the toilet paper is, because the bathroom my fiance and I had been using is out.
I hear voices, so I head towards the kitchen-the door is closed and I start to head in when I hear my name and stop. My fiance is basically telling his mom that I am really nervous because this is the first time away from my family and that it would be really nice if in a welcoming gesture, his mom could make bread pudding for dessert, which a staple at my family's Thanksgiving dinners.
His mom raises her voice and says, "NO. This is MY family, not hers and if she wants bread pudding, she can go back home and have it there. We have always had pumpkin pie for dessert. Always."
His mom goes onto say that I sound spoiled to her and that when she visited her inlaws, she didn't ask that things be changed and that her husband didn't ask for accomodations, either.
My fiance asked again and again his mother said no and she didn't want to hear anymore. I went back upstairs and cried. It wasn't that she didn't want to make the bread pudding, I get that. It was just the outright anger in her voice and the hatefulness in her tone. She didn't want me there at all.
I was polite, got through through dinner and was the perfect guest until we left Friday morning. I told my fiance when we got back home that I heard what his mother said, that I was hurt. He was upset that I heard and that his mother isn't good with change and that she is very territorial, that she isn't one to take to people easily and that she is a bit possessive as he is the only boy and the baby.
I have not reached out to his mom or really talked to her since that happened, which is easy, because covid has thrown things off kilter. My fiance proposed on Vday, and now his mother wants to help plan. My attitude is hell no and that is also my family's attitude, as I told them what she said and they are not keen on her.
So, what I do? I already know we are marrying in my hometown, at my family's church and my mom is actually a wedding planner, so she knows tons of vendors, etc, And his family lives across the country from mine and they can't really help much due to distance.