Post # 1
I got a call from my F-Step-MIL last week. She was all apologetic, telling me she didn’t want to meddle and I didn’t have to take her idea if I didn’t want to.
I said “Spit it out, woman!”
So she tells me she was getting a massage and thought (if I wanted, I don’t have to, don’t feel obligated!) maybe she could hire a couple of masseuses to come and do chair massages for the bridal party and the moms before we got ready! SERIOUSLY? I told her if she wants to meddle that way she can feel free ANYTIME!
I’m feeling pretty lucky right now. Between the shoes from Future Mother-In-Law and now this, I think I hit the in-law jackpot for sure.
So did anyone else get any unexpected surprises from their family for their wedding day?
Post # 3
Aww super sweet!!! I dont think we are getting any surprises they dont know how to keep em quiet lol but have fun thats exactly what youll need that day 🙂
Post # 4
My veil! My mom is making my veil and she kept going on and on about how she couldn’t do the things I wanted, etc. and I said just go ahead and do what you can do. And then last weekend she said it wasn’t finished, she was behind, etc. and I was getting a little worried.
Lo and behold, at my shower, I open a big box and it’s my veil Done exactly the way I imagined it (she had been fibbing to throw me off) It was a really awesome surprise :o)
Post # 5
Nothing on the actual wedding day, but my Aunt volunteered to pay for the printing costs for our invitations, menu cards and programs. Her and I are really close, and she wanted to help out in some way, and she knew how much I adored our print material design, so she offered to pay, and told the printer to pick the highest quality paper and everything. It was really nice of her.
Post # 6
Wow @hotchild – that’s such a great surprise. Way to go mom!!
Post # 7
@Miss Chapstick – that’s really huge!
It’s nice to hear some stories of families who helped and supported brides since there can be a lot of attention paid to the negative stuff sometimes.
Post # 8
My Fiance and I had been discussing going on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon for a while. We’d looked but hadn’t gotten around to booking a specific trip yet. My Future In-Laws called us around the holidays this past Christmas to inform us that they were booking us our cabin on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon as a wedding present! Talk about wonderful, extremely generous present! And to top it off, they splurged and booked us a balcony room! (FI and I had been debateing if we wanted to spend the extra money on a room with a window as opposed to an interior room.) We were so surprised and sooo grateful!
Post # 9
My fiance’s aunt decided that she wanted to pay for all of our flowers for the wedding! And she told us when we simply bumped into her at the grocery store! She’s so thrilled that we’re getting married, and since she doesn’t have any children of her own, she told us that she wanted to be a part of our big day. How nice is that?!
Post # 10
Aw these are so sweet!!
My mom and step dad surprised us when we booked our honeymoon and are paying to upgrade our Hawaii flights to first class! THANKS MOM!
Post # 11
@FutureKMM – That’s brilliant! Hope the cruise is incredible.
@Ms.Library – How incredibly sweet – and from an aunt, no less! What a great family he must have.
Post # 12
I have a ton of wonderful family surprises!!
My mom: she made me a 10 ft. cathedral veil, and a shorter waist lenght veil – just in case it was too windy (it was). She hand made 8 pomanders for decoration/the flower girl. And, the biggest surprise – she made me a scrapbook of the whole year of wedding planning. It even made my husband cry when he looked at it.
My Mother-In-Law: she paid for our 7 day all inclusive honeymoon, bought me TWO rehearsal dinner dresses, and paid for our wedding planner (who was worth her weight in gold!!)
We were so ridiculously blessed with our mothers during this whole process.
Post # 13
That is great! I love my family. They are crazy, backwards, dysfunctional, emotional, selfish, and a million other things… and…totally letting me have whatever I want without much questioning at all! That’s been the biggest surprise yet.
Well…they planned me a surprise engagement party (good thing I said yes!) and invited all my friends and even planned the food especially for me (I’m a vegetarian on Weight Watchers…so it can be tough)
My mom even put down $500 on a cake and thousands on a caterer without batting an eyelash…and that is a lot of money for her! I know it must have hurt a bit!
I was so scared that planning the wedding would be full of guilt trips and second guessings…but they are really being so great.
My mom even spent a whole Saturday shopping for my shoes with me! And she’s a busy lady. But she wasn’t happy until I had the right ones!
Once the invites go out and the extended families get involved, who knows what will happen, but I’m going to keep remember all the wonderful things my immediate family is doing for me.
Post # 14
What a fun post, I think it’s great to draw attention to the GOOD things that happen during wedding planning with family. I know I am at fault for dwelling on the bad things…
My best surprise was when my mom’s best friend(who is like a second mom to me) said she was buying my dress. No questions asked. So being my frugal self, I’m looking for dresses quite a bit under the $1000 range(closer to the $500-600). When she quickly informed me my budget was between $2000-$3000. I was floored, I still ended up with a dress that cost $1400 and that’s including rush delivery and she bought my veil!
My next best surprise would be my grandmother on my dad’s side. Her and I are not very close, but it seems this wedding has really brought us together. She is always on the look out for possible wedding deocrations. She now calls me about once every 2 weeks, where before I don’t think I’ve ever talked to her on the phone! She is so excited about the wedding and constantly coming up with ideas.
Post # 15
My mom helped us with our registry completion after a visit – it was really sweet and she overheard that I wanted to plant some fruit and herbs, and sent me a couple kits. She listens more carefully than I do, that’s for sure. 🙂
Post # 16
My Uncle works for a company that does inviations, envelopes, etc. so he has a salesman send me the book. We found that we liked worked with the theme and I called to get a quote. Only to find out that my Uncle is taking care of it; he called in some favors. Score!