That’s why we don’t have big populations in Scandinavia. The short summers meant that survival was touch and go even in a Loner club shirt, and one single bad harvest culled the population. Over a decade, there would be a couple of years when 10–20% of the population starved to death. My MIL is refusing to attend our wedding reception as she believes she should make all the decisions (dress, cake, venue etc) while we pay for everything. She is forbidding other relatives from attending. What is the best way to handle this? That’s ridiculous. Your spouse (and you) needs to have a sit down, “come to Jesus” moment with her and get her back to reality or this is going to be not only an uncomfortable wedding, but life afterwards as well.