(Closed) Happy Post–what cool things have your parents done to help?

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

This is such a sweet thread. 

My mother (father isn’t around) is paying for my dress and honeymoon.  More importantly, she put up with me at every dress appointment and even drove me 2 hours away plus took the train to nyc with me for a dress appt.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Love this thread! Great to read about happy families and not drama haha

So first off, my parents are very graciously paying for the entire reception, and FI’s parents have agreed to pick up the tabs for open bar, flowers, and rehearsal dinner. YAY!

Secondly, a while ago my grandmother promised me a good chunk of change toward a wedding dress (yes, before we were engaged.. she was anxiously waiting as much as I was!). The night of our engagement, right after it happened, I got this facebook message from her (I still think it’s hilarious that my grandmother has facebook): 

“what a wonderful evening, just wanted to tell you it’s $xxx (3x the amount intiially promised) for the dress instead of $xxx. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S. Pop Pop would be very happy for you and Fiance..”

She is so adorable, she was crying all night at dinner when it happened. And Pop pop was my grandfather who passed away this summer, so I know this upcoming wedding really means a lot to her and I’m so excited to dress shop with her and the rest of my family! 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

My mom has been so amazing. We’re paying for it by ourselves for the most part, but she’s been helping out everywhere she can (scrimping and saving A LOT). She’s picking up half the cake, rented a photobooth, and has helped with so many little projects it’s not even funny. I don’t know what I’d do without her!

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

So far my parents helped out a lot with our wedding shower. My mom provided some beatiful and delicious cupcakes and she made an awesome owl pinata that I didn’t have the heart to break (she expected this and made a flap to dump the candy out – thanks, Mom!) Not sure if they have anything up their sleeve for the wedding.

But my future in-laws are buying us everything we need for a candy buffet because I mentioned liking them but that we couldn’t afford it! 🙂

 

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Wonderful thread! My parents have been super helpful and supportive. I like to handle all the wedding details (control freak here!) but my mom has helped me put together my wedding kit which is a tedious job, and also paid for my veil. 🙂

My dad is cute he asks a lot of questions and gives his input on everything although this is all so new to him. He was hilarious at the bridal salon-he was searching through all the dresses trying to help. So cute!

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Nicoley1985: your story made me tear up!

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our parents have been the epitome of generosity. We couldn’t have had the wedding without them. Even after paying for the entire wedding weekend (split 3 ways between my mom and stepdad, my dad and stepmom, and ILs) they gave us amazing gifts. His parents gave us an incredibly generous check and his mom made us the most beautiful quilt; my mom gave us a check to cover our mini-moon hotel and car rental, and my dad gave us a gorgeous piece of art for our home.

More importantly, they were all nothing but supportive during the whole process. My mom opened her home to the wedding, and went to great lengths to make sure it and the yard looked perfect.  His parents made clear how welcome I was to the family, and hosted a wonderful rehearsal dinner. 

Our parents drive us crazy sometimes, but we could not have hoped for better supporters of our wedding and our marriage.

ETA: Oh! And I forgot to add that my mom gave me her mother’s wedding band to wear as my own, and his mom made a little purse for me out of fabric from her own wedding dress. 

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

My parents are AWESOME.  We’re paying for almost everything, but when they heard we were going to just use an iPod, they said they would pay for the DJ.  They’re also going to host a day-after brunch.  My mom has been working on a few DIY projects to add some pizzazz, and when they went to New Orleans, they picked up a bunch of masquerade-themed stuff for the wedding.  Best of all, after my dad started his new job last week, they called to tell us that, as our wedding gift, they were going to pay for our honeymoon.  We didn’t think we were really going to be able to afford one, but now we’ll be able to go almost anywhere!

FI’s parents are also AWESOME.  They’re covering the rehearsal dinner and church rental fees, and they’ve been a fantastic source of support for me during this whole process.  None of my family is local, whereas almost all of FI’s is, so I’ve really been depending on them for help and to just offer a smile and such when I’m down.  They’ve been really wonderful throughout the whole engagement.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I LOOOOVEEEE MY FAMILY!!

My granny has given me over 5k for our wedding and has helped me a lot with getting stuff for the bridal shower. She paid for our videographer and some of that 5k is for our spending mony in our honeymoon.

My aunt and uncle have paid for our union candle, runner, cake toppers, two card boxes and (icing on the cake) our whole honeymoon to Puerto Rico!!!!! We are so excited.

Last but definitley not least my parents have been so helpful. Any extra $$ they have given us for the wedding. THey are paying for almost half of it. They bought my dress and veil. My mom is throwing me a bridal shower. She has helped with so much that I couldnt name everything. 

I am very blessed that my family has helped out they way they did. 2 months left!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My parents are paying for half the wedding, which is great!  Also, my dad used the old barn wood from the homestead house on our ranch to make me a wedding sign.  My mom made hundreds of my favorite Mexican pastry to add to our cake table and she made my garter for me so I could incorporate a couple of surprises for my fiance on it.  My fiance’s parents paid for our wedding night hotel in a super cute bed and breakfast, where we will have our own little cottage!  We’re so lucky to have family that loves us and has been completley supportive and excited about our wedding and marriage! 

Not parents, but my brothers have also done some cool things.  One brother is officiating our wedding and the other gave us their timeshare points so all we had to do was pay the all inclusive fee for our honeymoon resort!

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

fi and i got engaged with the intent of paying for our entire wedding ourselves.  i;m in awe of some people’s generosity.

 

my mom is a couture seamstress in nyc- she will be custom making me my dream dress and veil. if i was buying from her, i would be spending upwards of 6000 on my gown/veil, and another 1000 on my reception dress.  and it’s a gift.

in addition, when i asked her to put down the deposit for our photographer, she agreed, and did not accept repayment.  in fact she went ahead and paid in full- we will only be responsible for travel fees. :O

my mom’s cousin is a florist and event designer- and will be in charge of all decor and event staff execution, including all florals, chuppah, etc.  also a gift- we will only be responsible for wholesale flowers.

my cousin has an etsy store that does custom paper goods- she will be doing all of our paperie for us.  i will probably order and pay for some of the supplies, b/c her two daughters are bridesmaids and they are a family of 4 who will have to travel, but all of the crafting, calligraphy, etc will be a gift.

and Future In-Laws (love fil, smil not so much)  took us out to a verrrrry  nice celebration dinner last weekend (fancy shmancy in beverly hills) where they told us that they would be hosting our rehearsal dinner- our choice of venue, guestlist, etc.  again- lovely.

we are very fortunate, and so happy!

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My parents didn’t have a lot of money to help us with our wedding, but they were so amazingly helpful it makes me cry every time I even think about it. Seriously, my parents did more DIY work on my own wedding than I did. 

My dad is a graphic designer, so he made our invitations, favors, etc. Everyone thought we paid big money to get a custom-made monogram put on everything, but it was all my amazing dad.

I was super stressed at work during the planning of our wedding, so my mom insisted on doing so much of the “dirty work” for me by being in contact with the venue, making favors and ceremony decor, etc. There is no way we could have pulled it off without her.

They were so helpful and supportive. I love my mom and dad! 🙂

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Everything. My parents and sister literally do anything I need. I can’t thank them enough.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My parents always told my sister and I that they’d either pay for us to go to college or for our weddings-we both chose college, BUT now that I am engaged, they have stepped up and said they will pay for the wedding catering, as well as the rehearsal dinner catering (we are invited all guests to it, as well).  Oh, and they are also renting a huge beachhouse a few houses down from theirs for all of the Aussie’s family members to stay at for the week.  We have been blown away by their generosity!

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