Adapted from a recent online discussion.
Carolyn: My entire life, I have been the quiet, introverted child and my sister was the extroverted, ham sister. We are now in our 20s. I am starting a career I love and am recently engaged. My sister is a struggling actress. But what was cute and endearing when we were kids has become irritating and a little selfish as adults.
My fiance and I wonder if asking her to be a bridesmaid is a good idea because everything about her behavior suggests she cannot step back and let us shine for the day. I love my sister and appreciate her talents, but I do not want them on display at my wedding.
Should I have a conversation with her about toning it down? Should I ask her and just let the chips fall how they may?
MY SISTER IS A HAM
No wedding party. I think its a great idea even without a spotlight-sucking sister and have said so many times over the years, but when having one comes with an increased risk of scene-making, it only accrues more charm.
By the way wedding party or no, shes not going to let us shine no matter what you do, so dont even think about that as a concern. Just be the bride and groom.
Not only will that put you at the center of attention naturally, but it also will (I hope) keep you from working hard to get that attention. Plus, seeking attention at ones own wedding just has YouTube all over it and not in a were-laughing-with-you kind of way.
Sis is who she is. Be who you are and trust the outcome that you emerge married to the man you intend to marry to be OK.
Re: Ham: I say let the chips fall where they may and invite sis. Maybe the letter writer should think about where her fears come from. After all, she needlessly mentioned that shes starting a career I love, and that her sister is struggling. Her fears of being upstaged at her wedding and this little jibe say a lot about her insecurities. Id rather get to a zen state where even if sis hopped up on a table at the reception and danced a Watusi, Id be able to hug my husband and whoop it up.
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