4 steps to win over your future in-laws
So you've watched Meet the Parents, and you've heard horror stories from some of your married friends. Yes, meeting your future spouse's parents can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, you'll be seen as someone who is "taking" their precious child away. But meeting the parents doesn't have to be a nightmare, just follow these tips to charm them off their feet.
Don't force yourself to go over-the-top with heavy makeup and fancy clothing that you feel uncomfortable in. Aside from your appearance, always be honest about who you are and what you do. Bragging endlessly and trying to impress your in-laws with exaggerated stories will only make you seem arrogant and off-putting.
Show some respect
Being respectful is not only a matter of politeness. You should try to respect the traditions and values of your future in-laws, even if they might not always perfectly suit your own. If your partner comes from a different cultural background, try to show your interest in getting to know his culture and taking part in some traditions.
Give him some space
Sometimes you just want to keep your significant other all to yourself, but he also needs time to spend with his family. Don't dominate his time or try to stop him from attending family gatherings. You should even join him for some family bonding time. Remember, you'll have all the time in the world to be together when you're married.
Get them involved
A wedding is not only about you and your partner, it's also a celebration of the union of two families. Your in-laws, along with your parents, will highly appreciate it if you ask for their input when arrange your wedding plan, even if you have the final say. This way, they will feel like they're also considered an important part of the special day.