Wedding Etiquette: Do I Attend My Former Sister-in-Law’s New Wedding?

What to do when your in-laws become your out-laws — and you’ve been invited to their second wedding?

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One of the best things about having in-laws is that you gain “new” family members you can become close to (sometimes as close as your “real” relatives). For instance, my mother and her sister-in-law has such a great relationship, everyone was sure they were related by blood. However, things may get sticky once in-laws become your out-laws.

Dear Wedding Guru: “My brother died almost eight years ago. We were close to him, of course, but were also close to his wife. My mom and I both just received invitations to my former sister-in-law’s wedding. Do we have to accept the invitation and attend? It will be painful for us to do so.”

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