Don't get us wrong...most mothers-in-law are gracious, wonderful people who are happy for bride and groom alike! But this might be the "mother" of all nightmare mother in law stories. An engaged woman in Reddit's JUSTNOMIL (Just no mother in law) section claims that during her mother in law's vow renewal ceremony, her wedding dress made a surprise appearance. As her mother in law emerged to walk down the aisle, the bride to be was horrified to see her mother in law wearing HER wedding dress.
Assuming it to be an act of spite arising from her jealousy "taking away" her son, the bride talks about her mother in law making nasty comments about her weight. Body shaming is a major mother in law red flag, but nothing indicating she'd go to extremes. But sure enough, she did. The story goes like this: Without much storage in their apartment, the bride and groom had their wedding stuff stored at the groom's parent's house -- including the wedding dress. Then, at her mother-in-law's vow renewal, the mother in law emerged wearing the bride's dress instead of one of her own!
The bride says:
"As the ceremony starts Irinas bridesmaids come down and then enters Irina... WEARING MY DRESS. I kid u not. I’m raging- and my husband as he walks down with her looks at me mortified. I hardly remember the ceremony but afterwards confront Irina, who denies it’s my dress. I made a few modifications to my gown including adding a small sleeve and few other details so I know it’s not even the same dress style that I wore but literally my wedding gown."
In other words, her mother in law didn't just pick the same style. It was literally the same dress. But it gets worse. The mother in law added some major modifications, and then stained it, making it a different dress entirely -- and one with food grease spots all over it:
"She also modified it making the back a corset style- which she claims means it’s not my wedding dress. She tells me that I’m delusional it looks nothing like what I wore.
I am so angry I tell my husband we’re leaving. Irina starts crying and begging us to stay swearing it’s not the same gown but just looks like mine."
After some time passed and the couple could do their own investigating, they discovered it was, indeed, the bride's dress.
Modified and ruined with stains, she couldn't wear it at her own wedding:
"The next day I demand that we go to her house to get my gown. We arrive at Irinas and I ask her to give us our wedding stuff that we have stored with her. She gives us everything but the dress. We press her- she says she can’t find it. After lots of screaming on my end and threats she finally gets my dress. low and behold it’s the same dress she wore last night, my dress except with the alteration of the corset and complete with her sweat, and food stains from the night before.
My DH (dear husband) and I of course confront her about it, and she starts crying again- finally saying between sobs that she thought it would look better on her because she’s been working out so much and how she couldn’t afford a dress (yeah right)."
Apparently, the bride and her husband cut off nearly all contact with this toxic in-law after her dress stunt. If the story is true, we don't blame them! Maybe she'll somehow make up for it, and have a relationship again with her son and daughter in law agaon someday. Commenters on the post, however, had words of warning for the bride that the shenanigans were all about hurting the bride's feelings, and that level of spite just can't be remedied.
One commenter asked, "Why do you think she insisted that (bride-to-be) attend her ceremony?"
To which user FifiIsBored replied, "To rub it in her face."
Lynda73 agreed: "It's no fun for her if she doesn't get to show off what she's done to the person she's trying to hurt."
We agree as well. This mother in law was vengeful, malicious, and totally off the rails. We've heard about some difficult in-laws, but literally stealing and ruining the bride's wedding dress might be the ultimate wedding sin!