(Closed) Should I or Shouldn”t I?

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly I wouldn’t ask him.  If you two barely have a relationship already, it seems sort of presumptious that you think he would give you money for a wedding.

Post # 4
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with not asking him. If he offers, fine, but if not don’t do it. It’d be way too awkward.

Post # 5
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmm, that’s a tough one. Have you talked to him about the wedding? Does he know all about your plans, and is he invited? Do you plan to include him at all? (i.e., walking you down the aisle, etc.)

Honestly, my natural inclination is that couples should have the wedding they can afford, however, if parents/relatives/etc. want to help, that’s fine too.

Perhaps if you haven’t done so already, you could invite him over, or meet somewhere for coffee and discuss your wedding plans with him, and see if he offers any sort of assistance.

If you have already discussed the wedding with him, or he is hesitant to meet, I would not ask him.

Post # 6
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Personally, I would feel uncomfortable asking my parents for money towards the wedding – and we have a good relationship.  I think it’s best to see if they offer to pay for anything.  Does your father even know that you are getting married and planning a wedding? 


Post # 7
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

No. You don’t have a good relationship–why would he give you money? He’s not even making an effort IMo. I’m sorry =(

Post # 8
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think I would ask him. Since you don’t really have a relationship it will be difficult and uncomfortable to ask for money.

Post # 11
374 posts
Helper bee

I would call your father and tell him you are getting married.  Then I would say, “What do you feel comfortable in contributing?”

He needs to take some responsibility.  If he says, “$1,000.00”  Right then and there, I would say ‘I will have the venue call you for your credit card information, if that’s alright with you.’  AND THEN DO IT.  Let them give you a $1,000.00 credit right there on the spot and add it to your deposit. 

If he says, no.  It’s no.  Then I wouldn’t invite him.  Really.

But if he pays, he may want to invite some friends or a date.  Are you ready for this?  He may want to walk you down the aisle.

You should at least call him on his paternity and give him an opportunity to ante up and be a man.

Post # 12
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I personally I don’t think you should ask for the money especially since the relationship is non-existent. I would feel guilty later on just calling on him to ask for money. BUT only you know the real situation. Do what’s best for you and your family.

We get along with most of our parents and we didn’t have to ask. They told us from the get-go what they can and wanted to contributed whether it was money or services.

Post # 13
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I actually second momma. As much as family can stink (I am marrying into a bad one), events like this give us an opportunity to see if improvements can be made.

I think you owe it to yourself to give your father a chance to be a father. If he steps up, well, great. If he doesn’t, you don’t have a thing in the world to regret, which is also great.

More than anything, this reminds me of my best friend’s wife. When they got married (same sex), her father announced he wouldn’t attend. Of course that was very painful. BUT, she still accepted whatever contribution he wanted to make, which was in this case some family crystal he sent her. She used it in the wedding. A year later, there relationship is a smidge better, but not much. But she feels good knowing that she has kept the door open without being a door mat.

Post # 14
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010


I think you should work on building a relationship with your father before you accept his cash.  I understand where you are coming from; although it doesn’t sit right with me.

Maybe phone him and mention the wedding and if he offers, take it – but try to build a relationship with him, you only get 1 dad 🙂

If he dosen’t offer I wouldn’t ask, these days there’s no requirement for parents to fund the wedding and if he says no then it might stir up some bad blood for the future.

Lastly – good luck xx

Post # 15
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would say, don’t ask. He knows you are getting married and if he wanted to give or could give he would offer himself.

Good luck!!!

Post # 16
145 posts
Blushing bee

I wouldn’t ask, because I’ve always believe that it is presumptious of childrent to assum that they are entitled to anything from their parents. My parents have worked hard all their life, whatever they can contribute, they will. But I would not ask, and we have a great relationship. And honestly, father or not, isn’t it rude to ask for money when you may not even invite him to the wedding??

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