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Am I Wrong for Disinviting My Dad on the Morning of My Wedding after What He Did?

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 12, 2024
03:28 A.M.

After my parents divorced, I chose to stay with my father and his new wife—my stepmother. However, when I was ready to get married, a revelation came about that forced me to cut my father and stepmom from my wedding guests because of a truth I was never supposed to hear!

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A bride holding a bouquet and walking alone during her wedding day | Source: Pexels

A bride holding a bouquet and walking alone during her wedding day | Source: Pexels

My name is Sarah, and like some women, I've been dreaming of my wedding day forever! One person I knew I definitely wanted to be there on my special day was my father, James. My dad's always been my rock and there for me, unlike my mom who's been kind of distant, to be honest.

Besides my father, I was also quite close to Karen, my stepmother, who married him when I was still a child.

Compared to my mother, I felt like my father and stepmother gave me stability as a child, something I never experienced with my mom.

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A happy family comprising of a father, a young girl, and a mother building a puzzle together | Source: Pexels

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My mother, Matilda, was actually quite a happy, loving, and present person when I was younger, but she changed drastically when she and my dad divorced. The changes began during the last years of her marriage to my father.

I could see how she wasn't her usual cheerful self and, despite being divorced, she refused to get into another relationship. When their divorce happened, I opted to stay with my father, and even though my mom didn't say anything, it was obvious that she resented my choice.

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A happy family of three with a man, a young woman, and an older woman posing together | Source: Pexels

Whenever holidays and special occasions came, I wanted my whole family together, including my mother, but she always refused to join us. She basically avoided my father like he was the worst human on Earth, and I never understood her behavior.

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I was set to get married, and that was going to be the first event where both parents would be together at the same time.

I was lucky because my father was even footing the bill for this lavish wedding because he wanted everything to be perfect for me.

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A man handing over a debit card to pay for something | Source: Pexels

Excited about my wedding day, I was running through some last-minute things while staying over at my fiancé's place instead of back home with my father.

So, there I am, the night before the wedding, just double-checking with my dad to confirm that he'd arrive early to pick me up so we could rehearse our father-daughter dance the next morning before my wedding. He's all, "Sure, honey."

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But then, just as I'm about to hang up, I realize he HASN'T ACTUALLY HUNG UP the phone. And what I hear next... I mean, my world just stopped...

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A woman reacting in shock while on the phone | Source: Pexels

He says to my stepmom, “I WISH I HAD NEVER HAD HER IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I would have met you sooner." I was shocked when I realized he was talking about MY MOTHER!

What was obvious was that they were a bit tipsy as they reminisced about how they met.

The story that I knew from them was that they met by accident at a grocery store, a year after my parents divorced, but part of that was a huge lie!

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A man holding a shopping back at a grocery store | Source: Pexels

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"I recall being unable to take my eyes off of you when I saw you in the juice aisle," he said. I felt like puking and dropping the phone but wanted to hear where this was going.

James expressed to Karen how he desired her immensely from that moment on. To my shock, he added, "From then onward, I didn't care about Matilda all pregnant at home."

"She was a big girl and could handle it!" he laughed.

"She's still a BIG girl!" Karen retorted, snorting as they both broke into laughter at my mother's expense.

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A pregnant woman holding her belly while seated | Source: Pexels

I felt tears running down my face as I listened to how the people I thought I loved betrayed someone else I held dear to my heart.

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"You remember when we kissed for the first time a few days after my little Sarah was born?" James asked his wife lovingly.

"I remember, my love, and the first time we consummated our union was on your fourth wedding anniversary with Matilda." My father disgustingly mentioned how they did it while I, months old at the time, lay asleep in my crib with my mom out running an errand.

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A baby sleeping in a crib with a blanket | Source: Pexels

"Remember how hard it was for us to keep seeing each other after Matilda caught us when Sarah was six?" Karen added as they continued laughing. This piece of information floored me because my parents divorced when I was 11!

It meant they continued having an affair behind my mother's back while my parents were still married!

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It finally made sense why my mother started changing around that time!

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A shocked woman lying in bed holding her phone | Source: Pexels

All these years, I thought my poor mother was just being strange and a recluse, when all along she was in pain. I dropped the phone and cried my lungs out as I realized the torment and pain my mother suffered when I appeared to choose my cheating father and his mistress over her!

I knew what being cheated on felt like as it had happened to me several times before I met and fell in love with my fiancé. I recalled how broken I was each time infidelity came into my relationship and couldn't imagine what it felt like for my mother who was in a marriage AND PREGNANT when it happened to her!

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A woman crying with her eyes closed | Source: Pexels

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The morning sun barely crept through the curtains when I arrived at my dad's house, the gravity of my decision weighing heavily on my heart. My hands trembled as I packed my belongings, each item a reminder of the life I once knew, now irrevocably changed.

As I zipped my suitcase shut, my dad appeared in the doorway, his expression a mix of confusion and concern. "What's going on? Why are you packing, and why are you here? I thought I was coming to you today?" he asked, his voice barely above a whisper.

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A woman looking at a list while packing a suitcase | Source: Pexels

I turned to face him, the words catching in my throat. "I overheard your conversation with Karen last night," I finally managed to say. "I know about you and stepmom...about what you did to mom."

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His face paled, the guilt evident in his eyes. "Honey, let me explain—" he started, but I raised my hand, stopping him mid-sentence.

"No, dad. I've heard enough," I said firmly. "I can't have you at my wedding, not after knowing the truth."

An adult daughter uninterested in what her father has to say | Source: Freepik

An adult daughter uninterested in what her father has to say | Source: Freepik

"But I paid for everything! How can you do this to me on the morning of your wedding?" he protested, his voice rising in desperation.

"That's just it, dad. It's my wedding, and I can't start my new life with lies at the foundation," I replied, holding back tears. "I've transferred the money back to your account. I don't want anything from you."

Before he could respond, I grabbed my suitcase and headed for the door, leaving behind the shattered pieces of what I thought was a perfect family.

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A middle-aged couple not speaking while seated on a couch | Source: Freepik

Driving to my mom's house, my mind raced with the implications of my actions. What would people say? How would I explain my dad's absence at the wedding?

Upon my arrival, my mom greeted me with a worried look. "What happened, honey? Why are you here and not getting ready for your wedding?" she asked, her voice filled with concern.

I broke down, telling her everything I had learned and the decision I had made. To my surprise, she hugged me tightly, whispering words of support and understanding. "I'm so proud of you for standing up for what's right," she said, her voice steady and strong.

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An older woman comforting an emotional younger one | Source: Pexels

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The wedding ceremony was bittersweet. As my mom walked me down the aisle, I felt a mix of sorrow for the family I lost and joy for the new beginning ahead. The absence of my dad and his side of the family cast a shadow, but the love and support from those present filled the room with light.

A mother walking her daughter down the aisle on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

A mother walking her daughter down the aisle on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

But the intrigue didn't end there. Midway through the reception, an unexpected guest arrived—my half-brother. He approached me hesitantly, his eyes searching mine for forgiveness. He said, his voice cracking with emotion:

"I know I wasn't supposed to come, but I had to tell you... I'm sorry for everything dad and my mom did. You deserve better."

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A bride hugging a man on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

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His words took me by surprise, and in that moment, I realized the complexity of family ties, woven with love and pain. We talked for hours, sharing stories and healing old wounds. It was a twist I hadn't anticipated, a glimmer of hope in a day filled with mixed emotions.

A bride embracing a man on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

A bride embracing a man on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

As the night drew to a close, I reflected on the rollercoaster of events that led to this moment. The pain of betrayal, the strength found in forgiveness, and the unexpected allies who emerged from the shadows of family secrets.

A bride and groom sharing a special moment | Source: Pexels

A bride and groom sharing a special moment | Source: Pexels

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My wedding day, marked by revelations, turned into a testament to resilience and the power of truth. It wasn't the day I had planned, but it was a day that would define the rest of my life, a life built on honesty, integrity, and the unwavering support of those who truly loved me.

Wedding guests celebrating the bride and groom | Source: Pexels

Wedding guests celebrating the bride and groom | Source: Pexels

If you enjoyed that story, you'll love this similar one with a twist:

Picture this: A bride caught in the crossfire of a family feud, with her big day looming. She dreams of a perfect wedding, a magical moment where her divorced parents bury the hatchet and come together in harmony.

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A happy bride and groom posing on their wedding day | Source: Pexels

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She imagines her mom, radiant and involved in the lead-up to the ceremony, and her dad, proud and emotional, walking her down the aisle. But as the camera flashes during the reception's family photo shoot, a bombshell drops.

Her stepmother plants her feet firmly on the ground, refusing the one photo the bride yearns for: a single, harmonious picture with her mom and dad. The drama unfolds as the stepmom declares it a slight against her union with the bride's father.

A happy bride posing with her parents on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

A happy bride posing with her parents on her wedding day | Source: Pexels

The bride's plea for a memento of familial unity falls on deaf ears, her father siding with his wife. In a whirlwind of emotions, the bride's dream shatters! She confronts her dad, heartbreak echoing in her voice as she cancels their dance and his speech, ultimately asking him to leave.

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An upset bride wiping tears while crying on her wedding day | Source: Freepik

An upset bride wiping tears while crying on her wedding day | Source: Freepik

The fairytale wedding spirals into a tale of estrangement and heartache. The plot thickens the next day with a tearful call from her father, pleading for understanding and forgiveness. Amid apologies and promises, the bride wrestles with a tornado of feelings — love, betrayal, and the sting of being sidelined.

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An upset older man covering his mouth and nose with his hands | Source: Pexels

Will the bride find it in her heart to forgive? Can a single, missed photo heal or haunt a family? Click here to dive into the riveting story of a wedding day that turned from a joyous celebration to an emotional battlefield, challenging the very bonds of family and love.

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