(Closed) Discussing Budget w/ Families

posted 7 years ago in Family
  • poll: Have the 'money' conversation with family or pay yourself?
    No conversation - pay yourselves : (9 votes)
    38 %
    Talk to both parents before planning : (11 votes)
    46 %
    Talk to both parents once budget set : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Ask for parents to pay for specific items : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I didnt know how to have the conversation eaither. WIth my parents I just talked about the wedding for a good 2 days then my mom asked how much I thought it was gonna be? Then the next day she came and told me they would pay for my dress and give me over half of the wedding cost 🙂

    His mother basically looked at our 35,000$ budget and was shocked… and offered no help! Never even said ” i wish I could help” nothing!!! uugghh

    His dad and step mom have never said they would help out, although i think they will evetually give us a little cash or pay for rehearsal dinner.. But I am not even asking for money!!! They should have enough sense to say heres what we can afford to give you or do you need any help!

    I tried to feel out the step mom buy asking her jokingly if she wanted to help me buy a dress… she got excited and said” yes i would love to go with you to pick out a dress”   UMMMMMM….. not what i meant!!!!!!

    Post # 4
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I dont really think there needs to be a conversation. If they decide to help they’ll come to you when they know what they can do. My fiance is the same way he’d never ask for money. He works like 16hours a day & just could never ask his parents for money.

    Post # 5
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m not sure how Fiance handled the conversation with his parents, but with my mom, I was point blank.

    We were talking on the phone one day (well before we were even engaged, too!) and I just asked her if she’d be able to help with the wedding. (I didn’t say “want to” because of course parents want to help, it’s just a matter of if they’re willing or able IMO.) Fast forward to engagement, and my mom and I were talking about my dream dress, and she said she’d get it for me as her contribution to the wedding.

    Now, as for my step-dad (him and mom split almost 10 yrs ago, and we’ve had an interesting relationship since) I don’t think I’m going to ask at all. If he offers anything, then great, but for me, him flying out and walking me down the aisle is enough.

    Post # 6
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My parents told me themselves how much they were willing to pay before we were even engaged.  I think I mentioned that we were putting it off until we could afford a wedding one day and she’s like… well, we have such and such amount with your name on it as soon as he pops the question. 

    We pretty much planned to just go ahead with what we had between us and my parents, when DH’s parents offered to put up the same amount as mine after we were engaged.

    But, my family and DH’s are pretty open with our finances.

    You have plenty of time for them to come out with a number, don’t worry 🙂

    Post # 7
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Although we are paying for the wedding ourselves and did not ask our parents for help, we disclosed the information when they asked. My dad knows my budget and how much I spend on each items. His parents might not have as much information as my dad has, but they have an idea of the cost.

    Since our parents know how much our wedding cost, they told us separately (my dad told me, his parents told him) that they will give us a ___ amount of money once we get married.

    Although we’re paying for our wedding, in a way, they’re paying for ours.

    In short, if you don’t want to directly ask the parents, you can clue them in how much you’re planning to spend and see how much they are willing to help.


    Post # 8
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My parents started out with a firm number as in “You have $XX,XXX to spend” once I had chosen a venue and described what I was looking for, they changed their mind to “we will pay for the entire reception (more than the firm number) but you and Fiance pick up the “extras” like limo and photographer”

    We never really had the conversation…they just said it once we were engaged…

    Post # 9
    5110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I dont think its something you ask how much they are willing to give. Its just one of those things that if they want to contribute they will,and if not then they wont. But i think that flat out asking would make them feel pressured… ease into it with talk about the wedding.

    Post # 11
    17 posts

    @miss jenny:  I am curious….do you think this is a “bride’s parents” pay sort of thing? I mean, that is pretty much what I’ve seen go down with other brides (particularly if the groom’s family has girls in it, and the family has spent a good deal on the groom’s sister’s weddings).

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