(Closed) Funniest/Weirdest Requests/Suggestions From Your Parents

posted 4 years ago in Family
Post # 3
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

My mom wants us to have our reception at a place that is $12,000 to rent…ummm no that’s more than the budget we have for the ENTIRE wedding.  Apparently because it looks “classy”. 

She also wants my daughter (who is my flower girl) to wear a big poufy, formal flower girl dress because that’s what my daughter wants to wear.  Well sorry to say but it isn’t my daughters wedding its mine and we are having a casual, rustic wedding.  NO poufs.

Post # 4
82 posts
Worker bee

@Cappugcino:  This is an awesome thread. Looking forward to reading these! Love that your mom has an obsession with being a golf cart driver. 🙂

@NurseMandie:  “NO poufs” is an excellent wedding motto. 

Post # 5
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@jerzepi:  LOL I never thought of it as a wedding motto but I suppose it should be!

Post # 6
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cappugcino My cousin had the golf cart chauffering people to her wedding location (on a bluff) and it was totally awesome.  We had so much fun and got a great family Christmas photo on it!

My mom asked for cocktail napkins with our date and names on them.  It’s not weird, but something I didn’t think of or wanted to spend money on (so she is).  I doubt people will really notice them and they’ll be thrown away, but whatever makes her happy.

My dad asked for Terrapin as one of our premium beers (he’s a beer snob).  Little requests that caught me off guard, but perfectly fine with me.  I’m sure as we get closer, I’ll start hearing more requests.

Post # 7
4525 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Cappugcino:  Talking about the wedding several weeks back, my mother said “….and when I walk you down the aisle….” I stopped her and said “He is actually walking me down the aisle.” She got pretty irrate, since I guess she assumed that because my dad is deceased SHE would be doing it.

Post # 8
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My MIL requested that we play the national anthem of the US and the country where my fiance was born at the reception.


We said no, and thankfully she hasn’t requested it again.

Post # 9
3288 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My dad really REALLY wanted us to get married on a cruise ship, Lord knows why.

My mom has had… a million. The one that’s been driving me the most crazy has to do with the fact that we are just having dinner after our intimate wedding, not a full-blown reception with a DJ, dancing, etc. She is totally insistent that FI and I get a picture of us fake-dancing! I have no idea why she’s so obsessed with it, but she brings it up EVERY time we talk about photography.

Post # 10
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012


  • My mom wanted her and my dad to both walk me down the aisle, even though they are very much estranged.
  • Some people wanted H and I to do the money dance. I thought it was tacky.

Post # 11
4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Cappugcino:  My mom wanted to be present at our first look. …. That did not happen.


In the very early planning stages when we hadn’t yet set a date, she said if we had a summer wedding she wanted all of our family members with classic cars to drive them and turn it into a parade/cruise.  Apparently she didn’t realize that being atheist we weren’t going to have our ceremony at a seperate location (church) and have to drive to the reception.

ETA: My FIL wanted a copy of all songs played at the reception because he doesn’t like dancing to songs he’s never heard before.

Post # 12
2832 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My FI suggested it also be a pool party since the backyard where the reception is held has a pool.Yell “There is a pool babe; people are going to want to swim…”

Post # 13
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

So far my parents have behaved themselves because they are amazing people (although my mother had a Pinterest board up and running within hours of hearing of our engagement, which I find adorable!), but my aunt has been oddly fixated on including Piping Plovers (a type of shorebird) in the wedding.  Backstory – my first job with my current employer was two summers of monitoring my state’s breeding population of the endangered Piping Plover.  She has somehow taken this to mean that plovers will forever be a major and cherished part of my life.  PIPL cake topper, PIPL design on my dress… and she’s the type of person where I can’t tell if she’s joking or serious.  There will be NO PIPL motif at our wedding, and I can’t figure out if this will actually disappoint her!  

Post # 14
3555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My father wants a keg of Sprecher (local brewery) rootbeer.  He goes on and on about how much better it is on tap. Our venue says it’s extra for them to bring in Sprecher products, but since my parents are paying for the reception food and drink I think it’s actually going to happen.

Post # 15
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Phamnomenon:  haha I’m totally picturing your aunt giving you a wedding present that is a lovingly hand-embroidered framed picture of a Piping Plover in a heart with you and your FI’s names and your wedding date …

My family was pretty normal (as I recall), but we did have a number of people ask if DH and I were going to include our pet snake in the ceremony. Like, these people honestly, genuinely wanted to know if we were going to bring the snake to our wedding. Like, what? No. F**k no. I mean, F**K NO! What is the matter with you people!!??!?!!

Post # 16
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My mom must have bought a bridal magazine or gotten on pinterest because she is obsessed with new wedding trends.  She thinks it’s just insane that we’re not doing a late night snack at our wedding because you “have to do that, everyone does” as well as a sweets table or candy buffet. 

She seems to be forgeting that until a year or two ago these things were not common, nor did we have either at my sisters wedding a few years ago.

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