Post # 1
I just got a call from my dad saying that he is going to contribute $500 toward the wedding. He and his wife do not have much money, but he said his business is starting to pick up. My mom is paying for our photographer, who is a collegue of hers and gave her a great deal. She is paying I think $1400 which he would normally charge $2,000+. My future in-laws paid for our honeymoon suite and are paying for our cake. Neither make a whole lot of money, but they won’t accept no for an offer.
I’m just so pleasantly surprised that our families have contributed this much when we weren’t expecting anything from them at all! I’m still in college, and FI has a fairly decent but not especially well paying job. We were both able to save enough for the wedding we wanted, but these unexpected contributions are really a blessing. Now we can hire a day-of coordinator like I always wanted so I can be worry-free on the big day and enjoy it fully.
Did you get unexpected contributions from family members? How surprised were you?
Post # 3
Aww, I love happy posts like this!
My parents surprised FI and I by giving us a large chunk of money to put towards the wedding. We are so grateful. And FI’s parents are covering the rehearsal dinner. =)
Post # 4
Aw – how wonderful! That’s so great – family is great.
I didn’t get unexpected contributions – I knew who was paying for what before we started planning (although when my parents did tell me what the budget was, it was WAY higher than what I had expected), but I definitely still feel that feeling of gratitude that you’re describing! Its awesome.
And congrats on being able to hire a DoC!! They are so important – you dont want to have to worry about anything on the day!!
Post # 5
Aw, yay! Your families both sound great and so supportive of your marriage! 🙂
Post # 6
That’s great. It’s always nice when unexpected surprises come along.
We got quite a few rather generous gifts. For starters, my mother offered to pay for our reception. I knew that she would help in any way possible (I’m an only child) but I never expected such a large contribution. She gave us a set dollar amount to work with and I’m happy to say that it covered all but like $300 of the whole venue bill (which included our ceremony space rental, catering, open bar, etc…). Then my aunt and uncle offered to pay for our cake. We were having a tasting at a bakery owned by a friend of my aunts so she prearranged with her friend that if we decided to book them, they’d cover the whole cost. Our cake was reeeeeally expensive (like $9 p/slice) so this was an enormous help. Beyond that, my grandmother paid for my dress and my IL’s covered a few things here and there but my moms and aunt/uncles contributions blew us away.
Post # 7
Not from our families, but from a couple of friends (my parents are retired and flat broke, and his parents haven’t offered anything, nor do I expect them to or want them to). After venting to 2 different friends about sticker shock on how much certain things cost, even for our super-budget, non-traditional wedding, they have offered us enough assistance to hire a small caterer, so that we don’t end up chopping vegetables and making dips until all hours of the night before. I am having a hard time accepting their generosity, but they aren’t taking no for an answer! I am already so grateful for the friends in my life, but this…this is amazing.
Post # 8
Yeah!! My parents gave us a LARGE chunk of money, covering the wedding. On top of that, they gifted us a photo booth for our reception. It was so unbelievable… I still can’t fathom how my parents were able to do that… And I guess I should start saving now for any future daughters’ weddings haha 🙂
I didn’t know if DH’s parents would contribute at all, but they did cover the rehearsal dinner! It was a surprise and also a blessing!