He Inherited His Grandfather’s Estate, But When His Cousin Wanted Her Wedding There, He Said No

A man had been left a large estate upon his grandfather’s death, which had been meticulously crafted by the late man. Whilst his grandson lived in the house, other parts of the estate had taken on new purposes, but the man would soon discover that some family members were taking this for granted. 

A Fantastic Property

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The man described the sentimental estate that he had inherited: “My grandpa built this awesome property many years ago. It included the family house, as well as a giant garage which my cousins have been using as a reception hall the last few years for their weddings.”

A Unique Connection with Grandpa

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The man had a unique bond with his grandpa, strengthened by their shared time spent working on the property since he was a child. Among his family, the man was the only grandson, and this connection held special significance to his grandpa.

Family Drama

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The passing of the man’s grandpa created a storm of family drama. “He was very old-fashioned – hated divorce and was very traditional, and these beliefs clashed with his daughters”, the man explained. “He wanted to hand his farm down to a son, but he didn’t have any, so I became the de facto option. Many of my relatives resented this about me.”

The Venue Request

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Recently, the man’s cousin announced her upcoming wedding and casually stated that the reception would take place at the man’s property. He had often facilitated such events in the large garage, but there was one problem – nobody had consulted him about it.

A Tradition Challenged

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The man’s aunt claimed that hosting weddings at the property was a tradition, and he should continue it. While he appreciated the tradition, he couldn’t ignore that his cousin hadn’t sought his permission.

The Reasons for Opposition

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The man had several reasons for his opposition. Firstly, he wasn’t close to this cousin, and their political differences led him to avoid her. He didn’t particularly care about her, and combined with her rude demands, he was reluctant to facilitate the wedding.

Ethical Concerns

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Furthermore, this would be the cousin’s second marriage, and the man knew she had cheated on her first husband with her current fiancé, who was also married at the time. Such actions would have been deeply disapproved of by his grandpa, meaning the wedding would clash with his values of commitment and loyalty.

Practical Considerations

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Practical concerns also weighed on the man’s mind. “I would have to be involved in the set up and clean up if it’s at the house”, he lamented. “I don’t care to sacrifice my time. If she wants to rent the property, then she can pay me a premium for the short notice, but I’m not doing it for free.”

A Difficult Conversation

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The man expressed these concerns to his family, resulting in a heated exchange. Even his mother got involved, guilt-tripping him and citing family traditions as leverage.

Standing Firm

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Despite the family pressure, the man remained resolute in his decision. He believed his grandpa wouldn’t be happy for this wedding to occur, so he wasn’t willing to compromise. Furthermore, the entire situation would be a huge nuisance to him, and he saw no reason to accommodate his distant cousin.

The Internet Chimes in 

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The man vented his frustrations online, expressing his firm decision and seeking validation. However, many internet users criticized the man. “You suck for using your grandpa’s sexist and bigoted views as an excuse for not wanting your family to use your home”, one commenter wrote. “Your family also sucks for their entitlement… you all need help.”

Everybody Sucks

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Criticism of the entire family was echoed throughout the comment section. “Your cousin absolutely should have asked first rather than assume”, one person started. “You have every right to refuse, but to be honest, your reasons are messed up.”

Legal Vs. Moral 

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Many readers explained that there was a big difference between doing the legal thing and the right thing. “Ugh… you’ve done nothing wrong LEGALLY, but as a person? You sound like a total jerk and so does your grandpa, and your whole family for that matter.”

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