Bride 'stunned 'at mother-in-law who turned up in a white wedding dress
Wearing white to a wedding when you’re not the bride is possibly one of the biggest social ills and when your own mother-in-law breaks the cardinal rule, well, there’s going to be drama.
After an image of a woman confronting her mother-in-law for wearing the same white wedding dress went viral, bride Amy Pennza was stunned.
But the author, from Ohio, U.S, tells Metro.co.uk that she wasn’t as livid as one might expect.
Amy’s tweet blew up on Twitter after U.S TV host Jimmy Fallon asked his 51 million-strong followers to share their wedding fails.
The story of wedding day twinning tickled many but Amy explained that there was more than meets the eye, in that the mother-in-law (MIL) wasn’t malicious, just extremely frugal.
She explained that the dress purchase was a result of a bargain that the thrifty MIL couldn’t say no to.
‘When you grow up with nothing, it stays with you,’ said Amy. ‘Forever, I think. No matter how much money you earn, there’s always that little fear in the back of your mind that someone might take it all away.’
Amy said her MIL had grown up in poverty and was used to buying things only when they were on offer so when she saw the white dress, she didn’t say anything.
But still, it was her wedding day and Amy was still pretty shocked.
‘I was more stunned than furious,’ she told Metro.co.uk.
‘Probably because I spent the day in that “wedding haze” that comes over you on the big day.
‘I think it sunk in when I saw my wedding photos. She definitely apologised. And she really is the quirky, loving woman I described in my follow up tweets.
‘I know it’s hard for people to wrap their minds around anyone breaking that etiquette rule for any reason, but she saw a steal and couldn’t turn it down.’
Since the tweet blew up, Amy added more tweets explaining her MIL’s frugal nature, for example how she takes olives out of martinis to save for salads.
She also fills up a plastic water bottle that she carries with free water from restaurants.
But the family have a laugh about it.
‘It’s funny, because she and I were at my son’s baseball game yesterday when this starting blowing up. So we talked about it, and then the whole family was texting back and forth stories about her money-saving antics.
‘For our family, it’s really just a story about how funny-crazy she is.
‘I hugged her and said, “You know I love you.” And she said, “I love you, too.” Weddings really are just one day.
‘It’s a big day, to be sure, but it’s how you spend all the rest of the days that matter. And my mother-in-law spends hers loving us and supporting us. So I think I got pretty lucky.’
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