A prospective bride found herself in the middle of a prenuptial crisis that caused her fiancé great distress. Her prospective mother-in-law’s straightforward inquiry—could she wear white to the wedding?—was the beginning of it all. The future bride initially accepted without giving it much thought because, according to their traditional Indian wedding, she wouldn’t be wearing white anyhow.

The woman was taken aback by her fiancé’s forceful response when she shared her story on Reddit. Enraged, he declared that his mother wanted to “steal the spotlight” on their wedding day. Given the distinctiveness of her own dress, the bride, who was well-known for her easygoing demeanor, couldn’t see why wearing white was such a huge deal. “As long as the groom doesn’t get confused and marry the wrong person, how does it matter?” she said happily.

The bride looked to Reddit for advice in an attempt to understand her fiancé’s viewpoint. She became aware that her prospective mother-in-law might have a history of improper or attention-seeking behavior as a result of the remarks she heard. Her fiancé was probably attempting to avoid any possible hiccups.

Following a few online exchanges, the bride chose to be more forthcoming with her fiancé. He disclosed that his mother’s actions stemmed from a difficult history characterized by narcissism and an incessant need for approval. They grew closer during their talk, and the prospective groom gained insight into his fiancée’s perspective.

The groom asked his bride to inform his mother of their decision as a group that she was not permitted to wear white to the wedding. After the bride shared the Reddit comments, he was able to put the tense conversation with his mother into perspective.

The domineering and egotistical behavior of the groom’s mother contributed to his difficult upbringing. His achievements always seemed to be an outgrowth of hers, and he had become resentful of her.

But he discovered a new feeling of independence and himself when he entered college. There he met Piya, the woman he would marry, and he started to enjoy his own achievements free from the burden of his mother’s expectations.

Piya’s connection with his mother was very different from the warm welcome he received from his family. He respected the importance of the event and invited his parents to the wedding despite his previous animosity.

For the groom, this was a chance to celebrate his love for Piya in a way that didn’t include his mother taking center stage. He took up the in-laws’ assistance with the wedding planning.

Since Piya wasn’t too worried about the minutiae of the ceremony, his mother-in-law and the rest of his family were glad that he was handling the formalities on the big day. The groom’s mother, dressed in a white tulle gown, seemed rather out of place at the lovely and peaceful wedding. Because of her unsuitable clothing, security even thought about refusing to let her in.

Unfazed, she made an effort to interject discussion into the ceremony. Piya’s family members were prepared to step in whenever she attempted to cause trouble. Piya’s niece also had a part to play, as her innocuous yet impactful remarks effectively silenced her.

Piya stayed by her husband throughout it all, offering him support and encouragement to seek treatment for the suffering and anger he had carried for so long. Their nuptials evolved into a stunning celebration of their union and a watershed in the groom’s path to recovery and self-awareness.