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

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 32
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour

My parents so far have thrown our engagement party.


My dad is also a baker and will be making cupcakes for our reception and making cookie favors for our guests.

Post # 33
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My mom is a blessing:)  She give us enough money to pay for 85% of the reception and the other day she came over and gave me her piggy bank!  She puts all the money in her pockets into it, whether it’s change or bills!  We wound up with about $200:) She came to my all-day project day and stayed from start to finish, paid for food for everyone, and is helping my sister (moh) with the shower financially, and with planning. 

My dad isn’t able to help me financially, but he is making my cake topper.  I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous about that because I won’t see it until he gets into town the day before!  I asked him to cut our mongram out of metal and I would decoratie, but he said that was lame (in a nice way;) and asked for artistic liscense… so we’ll see.  I’m just glad he is excited to do it!

Mother-In-Law is paying for rehearsal dinner- she knows the owner of a nice restaurant nearby and will pay $250 for 40 people!  I don’t think that includes alcohol, but who cares!  She wanted to keep it low cost because she is gifting us the rest of the money that she saved for it…. upwards of a few grand! 

We really are totally blessed by our parents and so thankful for everything they have/will do for us!

Post # 34
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Oh my goodness where to begin….

My mom and dad are paying for our bar and photographer.  My mom hosted my shower with the help of my aunt and she’s paying for my dress alterations and bought my veil.  They are also paying for my brother and his fiance to travel (they live out of town) so they can be a part of the day too.

My grandmother is giving me my great-grandma’s watch as a gift with the request that I wear it on the day of.

🙂 I love my family.

Post # 35
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are getting married in South Africa and so my family has a loooooong way to travel.  My two younger sisters (BMs) are still at university, so my parents are paying for their flights and accomodation so that they can come.  It’s the best gift!!

Post # 36
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Let’s see – at first she paid for half of my Wedding Dress! Wasn’t planning for that – she’s great by the way.

Then she bought us our cake topper – we were totally doing this ourselves at first, so even though a small gesture meant a lot to us.


Then after trying to figure out how ppl would eat bbq on table linens, she offered to help pay for a real caterer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And now we have THE BEST wedding reception we could have hoped for!  I don’t even know how to pay her back….

Post # 37
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My florist all the sudden insisted that we meet up in person as I had signed in my contract ( since the contract was long and signed over a year ago in person I dont remember that)

So she lets me know I have 3 days left to finalize everything in person last Friday.  One major problem – I live almost 4 hours away and I am ridiculously busy (also it is Fiance bach party weekend so he is already gone).  So Saturday morning as I was stopping by my parents to pick up all the stuff I needed my Dad had his car packed and ready to go and told me he was going to drive me there and back so I could work both ways.

It was amazing and a life saver. THANKS DAD =) 

Post # 38
2700 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Yay that is amazing!

My mom must have felt bad that she couldn’t help financially for the wedding but wanted to get us something really unique as a gift. She got us M&Ms made with our names and some with our date on them in our wedding colors. She also got this really neat vintage candy dispenser so we can display it at the reception and give the M&Ms as a second favor. It was such a thoughtful and neat gift.

Also, my dad wanted to help so much financially and was pretty upset that we had everything covered, even the rehearsal dinner. So, he asked me to create yet another event for the wedding. He had me plan a family get-together for both FIs and my families to meet before the wedding day just so he could pay for something haha.

Post # 39
33 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

We are having a Destination Wedding and my parents (specifically my father) decided to pay for my sister, her husband and my nephew’s ticket to St. Croix (my niece is coming too but she is under 2 so she doesn’t need an actual ticket). They are all staying together in a condo down there as well. My mom said when they talked about it my dad said, “of course *sister* has to come, I’m sure Allie wants her in the wedding” How awesome is my dad?!

Post # 40
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Aaw, sweet thread! Our families are AMAZING! My parents gave us $3000 for the wedding up front, and then probably added another $1000 or $2000 to that over time (with things my parents purchased/helped with), which actually covered most of our costs. More than that, though, they’ve been amazingly supportive and really got into the “spirit” of our unique wedding! My mom helped get our invitations printed & mailed, she and my SIL threw me a little wedding shower after our rehearsal dinner, and mom took me to get my hair/makeup done (she got hers done too!). She also made my husband and me a gorgeous wedding quilt that she’s been working on for about a year AND she made an “art quilt” that she and my SIL painted to resemble the outdoors wedding venue. The day of the wedding, they put this out and set up a little station at the reception where people could cut shapes out of fabric and glue them onto the quilt to add onto the “scene.” Now that the wedding’s over, she’s going to sew the added fabric onto the quilt and then give us the finished product. So awesome and everyone at the wedding really got into it!

My sister in law set up a hula-hoop making station. My dad helped set up & with logistics of clean up.

My mother in law planned & paid for the rehearsal dinner. Everyone pitched in. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

Post # 41
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our families have been really awesome.  My FI’s family really loves me, and my family really loves him.  It’s so nice when families get along!  

We wanted to pay for our wedding ourselves, but our families really stepped up.  

As soon as we announced our engagement, my older brother (who introduced us) told me that as their wedding gift to us, he and his wife will take care of the floral and event design for our wedding (SIL owns a company in NYC).  My gorgeous Romona Keveza gown is a gift from my parents. My younger brother is making our video save-the-date.  My sister will be doing all our wedding stationery.  FSIL is a MUA, so she and a couple of her fellow MUAs will be doing everyone’s hair and makeup.  My parents also gifted us with a third of our budget, and FI’s parents offered to pay the balance.  (But Fiance really wants to pay for everything himself, so we might not even touch the money.)

Other than the financial help and lending their talents, they really understood that it is our wedding.  So they have let all the wedding planning decisions be our own.  And our families have just been so emotionally supportive of us while Fiance is deployed.  We’re just so grateful.

I like this thread.  It’s so positive!

Post # 43
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I don’t have a lot of pics from the actual day, but I plan on taking more once my mom has finished sewing all the added pieces onto the quilt. Here is a teaser pic that doesn’t show the entire quilt, but it will give you an idea:


Post # 45
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Thanks! It was really exciting to see how engaged people were with the quilt, too! There was always a crowd of people around it, and it’s very exciting to have a little piece of art that all of our guests contributed to. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Also, thank you for starting this thread! It was a breath of fresh air amongst all of the family drama posts. Not that I don’t like reading those, too, but it’s wonderful to read about all of the support that parents are offering, too. 🙂

Post # 46
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

What a great post! My parents have given us some money towards the wedding and my dad is making tree trunk cake stands for me. I’m doing cake centerpieces so he’s going to be pretty busy!

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