17 Types of Mothers-in-Law (in GIFs)

A new family is like a box of chocolates: You never know which mother-in-law you're going to get.
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Maggie Seaver
maggie seaver the knot wedding planning expert
Maggie Seaver
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Maggie Seaver is an Associate Digital Editor at RealSimple.com.
  • Maggie writes about life, career, health, and more.
  • Maggie was an editor at The Knot from 2015 to 2019.

Moms—you've gotta love 'em. But what about your fiancé's mother? Like meeting anyone for the first time, meeting the in-laws can be a gamble—you never know who you're going to get. But unlike other new acquaintances, you're hitched to these soon-to-be family members for life. Meet the many potential faces of your mother-in-law. Anyone look familiar?

1. The Silent Judge

Best of luck at your dress fitting with these eyes looking you up and down.

2. The Sweetie Pie

One can only hope.

3. The Weeping Willow

There's no time for joy. Every step toward the altar is another reminder that her baby is leaving her forever.

4. The Insanely Excitable

(Key word: insane.) She loves surprises!

5. The Spotlight Stealer

Don't worry, she's already decided to wear white to the wedding because it's her best color, of course.

6. The Control Freak

And you thought this was your day.

7. The Control Freak in Denial

Someone changed the menu behind your back? How awful! Wonder who it was...

8. The Skeptic

She gives it a year.

9. The Omniscient Observer

She looks sweet, but don't try to pull a fast one on her—she's got eyes and ears everywhere.

10. The Ultra Conservative

You won't be sharing a bed under her roof before the wedding!

11. The Queen of the Night

Forget the seating chart, she's wondering where you'll set up the open bar and dance floor.

12. The Eager Grandma-to-Be

It's just one tiny, life-altering decision—what's taking you so long?!

13. The Traditionalist

You want your recessional to be to a Beyoncé song? Over her dead body.

14. The Drama Queen

So misunderstood.

15. The Motivator

With her on your team, you've totally got this.

16. The Fashionista

Meet your new style icon (where has she been all your life?). Definitely bring her dress shopping.

17. The New Best Friend

Dang—her selfie game is on point. Welcome to the family.

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