Man, what my mom just told me sounded really awful.
Apparently, a neighbor who has been close with our family since I was a little girl was over my parents' for the 4th of July with her husband. They both traveled a very long distance for my wedding (from CT to Yosemite Nat'l Park in CA) and it was a very big trip for them. We were so grateful they were there. Unfortunately, our neighbor friend (who has never been one to hide her criticism) let her true feelings show last night and criticized many details of the wedding for I guess close to an hour (down to the poem I selected to have my mom read during our ceremony). Obviously, this sort of thing is at least inappropriate, if not hurtful. My mom overreacted after trying to brush it off for a while and our friend and her husband left the house very angry. My mom has no plans to apologize and I think she's right to feel that way.
Of course we were stressed about wedding details for months prior to the wedding and tried to make our guests as welcome and comfortable as possible (welcome bags in all the rooms, hosted activities throughout the whole weekend outside of the wedding and reception, a website was up a year in advance with info about the park, a large block of rooms to make it easier to get a place to stay near to the ceremony/reception venue, etc. etc.). There will always be people who are unsatisfied, but we did the best we could.
My biggest concern is to make my mom feel better; not my job, I know, but it nearly breaks my heart that after all her support and energy toward the wedding, she has to wonder how well it actually went off. We're both quite sensitive and she's worried that the eighty other guests felt the same way (read: hated the wedding). I don't think that's the case and of course, it doesn't even matter now if it was.
Is there anything I can say or an article you've come across that I can send her way so she might put the grief over neighbor's rudeness in perspective?