I paid for stepdaughter’s wedding but she chose bio dad to give her away, so I made declaration during toast

In a twist of events, a man was left deeply hurt by his stepdaughter’s action after he covered all the expenses for her wedding. Unable to cope with the injustice he believed was done to him, he decided to seize the moment with a surprising toast.

Back in 2013, this man took to Reddit’s “Off My Chest” forum to recount the story that had been troubling him as his stepdaughter’s wedding day drew near. With a tone of frustration and disappointment, he shared his sentiments about the situation.

He started by noting that his stepdaughter’s wedding was set for August 3, emphasizing how the preparations had dominated both her and her mother’s lives for the past six months. “I say her mother because we aren’t married, though we’ve lived together for 10 years,” he clarified.

Over the course of ten years, he covered the expenses for his stepdaughter’s college tuition which amounted to around $40,000 although she attended a state college. In order to facilitate her commute to and from school after her high school graduation, he purchased a car for her. But he did all that because he wanted to. In return, he only hoped he would receive the respect he believed he deserved. Sadly, his stepdaughter didn’t treat him as near as respectfully as she treated her biological father who would only appear in her life every now and then.

As the wedding day approached, the anonymous stepfather’s frustration grew when he learned that the people on the list of friends he wanted present on his stepdaughter’s wedding day didn’t receive actual invitations. Namely, the venue had a strict capacity of 250 people, and since he was paying for everything, he wanted those 20 people to be there during the wedding. His stepdaughter assured him it was fine. “I gave them a list of 20 people that I wanted invited, you know, since I was paying for everything. They told me that was no problem and they’d take care of it. So I let these people know they’d be getting an invite and they should save the date,” he explained.

However, during a chance encounter at the golf course with one of those friends, the man learned they only received merely an announcement card devoid of the stepdad’s name featuring the names of the bride’s biological father and mother but conspicuously omitted him.

This triggered a heated argument between him and his partner. He was dismayed to learn that none of the 20 people he had suggested were included in the final guest list due to limitations on space. His girlfriend’s poor explanation that “250 people is very tight” didn’t help calm his anger. But the damage was done, and he felt there was nothing he could do.

The tension heightened when, during a Sunday dinner with the future in-laws, the stepdaughter unexpectedly revealed a surprise guest: her “Real Dad.”
She was overjoyed to share this news with the rest of the family who seemed to be as excited as she was, commenting “Oh how great” and “How wonderful.” The bride-to-be wanted everyone to know that it would be her real that who would walk her down the aisle.

At that moment, the man felt the urge to speak up. Raising a glass, he acknowledged his decade-long presence within the family.

To the surprise of everyone in the room, he said, “As I have been replaced as host, both on the invitations and in the ceremony, I am resigning my financial duties as host to my successor, Real Dad. So cheers to the happy couple and the path they have chosen.” He then congratulated to the couple on their wedding and the path they had chosen.

His speech resonated deeply, exposing the pain and frustration he had harbored. It was a raw and unapologetic expression of his emotions, challenging the roles he had been assigned.

Following a heated argument with his girlfriend, who accused him of selfishness, he spent the night in his home office.

The following day, as he went through his stepdaughter’s wedding planner, he learned that the father-daughter dance was catered to the real dad’s taste, leaving him feeling like they never truly cared or mattered.

After some time, he asked his girlfriend and his stepdaughter to move out.

In an update, he wrote that his girlfriend and her daughter moved out and went to live with the groom. He then expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support received from the Reddit community.

As of his relationship with his girlfriend, he said that she burned the bridges when she tried to write herself a check from their joint account shortly after the incident.

Despite everything, he said he felt a sense of closure and thanked everyone who stood by his side during the tough period.

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