My daughter doesn't want me to be included in planning

posted 2 years ago in Family
Post # 2
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

She sounds selfish, and entitled. How lucky she is to get her wedding completely paid for!  I would set financial guidelines today,  so you don’t get a huge surprise cost wise… 

Post # 3
5557 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’m sorry but it’s her wedding not yours.  Why should your daughter and her Fiance have to run things past you? Either you are giving them an amount of money for the wedding out of the love in your heart or your are doing it as a way to control. 

Post # 4
1064 posts
Bumble bee

Even though you are paying, that doesn’t give you the “right” to accompy them to venues or caterers or make decisions.

In your heart of hearts, when you offered to pay for this wedding, was it because you had a vision of how things should be? Is that why you think your “input should be considered”?

Sounds like it’s about control.

If she is old enough to get married, she is old enough to make decisions without your input.

You got to have your wedding. This wedding is your daughters and her FI’s.

(Although personally, I would never pay for somebody’s wedding. It’s enabling them that their wants matter without making them do any sacrifice to achieve those wants. Not a good life lesson to teach somebody.)

The only advice I would give you is be firm with the two of them: “We are contributing X dollars to your wedding. Anything overbudget will not be paid by us.” And stick to your guns on that.

If she wants an overbudget princess day, let her fund it.

Post # 5
3416 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve always been under the impression that when someone else is paying, they get to be involved. I don’t want to accuse her of being selfish or rude since I don’t know her, so I’m just going to assume that she’s very polite and simply doesn’t realize that you would like to be involved. Have you asked if there’s any way you could help or be a part of the planning process a bit more?

Post # 7
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If the daughter wants to make all the decisions, she needs to be the one paying for them. Giving her a set amount of money for the wedding is one thing. Her sending you every invoice without your input is quite another. I think the Bees who criticized you are missing that part. Or they are just as entitled as your daughter is.

Time to have a serious talk. Or at least give her a budget.

Post # 9
1062 posts
Bumble bee

When I married my ex, we paid for it ourselves. In that case we didn’t run anything by our parents. Now if either side offered to pay, then that would have been different. 

Post # 10
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

It sounds like she just wants your money without any of the strings attached. I think in this situation I might consider just giving a lump sum of money towards the wedding for the couple to use as they see fit towards the wedding. That way you know exactly how much it’s going to cost you and don’t have to worry about blowing the budget, and they can do their own thing. You’d feel less like an ATM that way. 

My parents paid for most of my wedding but I also gave them input in the choices that they’d be paying for. I think that’s just basic decency. 

Post # 11
438 posts
Helper bee

If you set a budget and she isn’t sticking to that, and isn’t asking any input from the bank, you mhjt want to cosider closing the bank. Give her the amount you are willing to allow her and if she wants to go over that, she will have to find that money somewhere. I think it is extrememly rude to expect someone to bankroll your party and not at least ask their opinion on if the cost is acceptable. 

Post # 12
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m a fan of “those who pay get a say” which is why I’m paying for the entire wedding myself. I’m making compromises for things that are important to others (like my MiL wanting to make my wedding cake and of course the guest list), but things like decor, venue, and my dress are all my choice. 

Post # 13
4496 posts
Honey bee

Assuming you gave the money unconditionally and she isn’t going over budget (hard to tell whether she is staying in budget due to a typo), then she is free to proceed as she pleases.  If you want input in the decision making process, then that needed to be a condition of your money from the start.

Assuming you gave her a budget and that was your only condition, then comment when that condition is no.longer met.  In other words, she sends you a bill and it is over, remind her of the budget and provide exactly what you budgeted for – she is an adult (presumably) and can cover everything over budget.

Post # 14
3862 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

If she keeps increasing the amount I would just cut her a check for an amount you decided was something you could afford and call it good. If she goes over that then it’s on her. She sounds like she is being a brat. 

Post # 15
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

If you gave her a lump sum and said here is what we are contributing to your wedding- do what you want with it, then I think it would be ok for you to not be involved.

But since she is sending invoices to you, that is a huge nope. You should be there to negotiate prices since you’ll be footing the bill. 

You should have a conversation with her about this. Tell her what you told us- that you feel like an ATM and you aren’t comfortable with it. 

She should be able to communicate better with you. Saying you stress her out, and then shutting you out isn’t a very mature way to handle family relationships. Seeing as she’s getting married, she should learn to act more like an adult.

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