(Closed) Should just brides parents still pay for wedding?!

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 27
1657 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

In my culture that’s definitely a thing that is essentially common knowledge but if the tables were turned and Fiance was the woman in the relationship, we wouldn’t be able to have a wedding since his parents are lower class. Personally I feel like the more well off family should help with the costs if they arent “supposed” to pay for the wedding. 

Post # 3
1251 posts
Bumble bee

@Ozzygirl17:  This is a non-issue. Your parents haven’t expressed anything about this, so why worry about something that hasn’t/won’t happen?

Post # 4
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think parents from either side are obligated to contribute to the wedding, but if they want to make demands, invite more guests than you’ve allowed, then they should definitely pay their own way.  

Post # 5
1635 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Ozzygirl17:  are you and your fiance planning to pay for any of your wedding? 

Your parents may feel some type of way about your FI’s parents not contributing since your parents plan to but it isn’t either of their responsibility to gift you a wedding.

Post # 6
710 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@Ozzygirl17:  Um, no. I think that tradition is dated. Darling Husband and I paid for our wedding. My parents a couldn’t afford to help us and I certainly didn’t expect it. 


Post # 7
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ozzygirl17:  I think a lot of brides pay for their own weddings these days. We did and did not expect financial help from either side.

Post # 8
329 posts
Helper bee

My dad is refusing to pay for my wedding, since he never wanted me to get married at all, since he regrets marriage himself and just wants me to focus on a successful career the rest of my life. Truthfully, with that attitude, I don’t want him to pay for it anyway. I am saving up for it myself, since Fiance already has done so much for me. My mom might help me out, but since she and my dad don’t get along, their finances are separate and she doesn’t have much to spend.

Post # 9
8279 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My parents are pretty traditional. They paid for probalby 95% of our wedding, but will only be paying for the rehearsal dinner and the alcohol at my brother’s wedding. That being said, my brother’s future in-laws are well off and I’m sure my parents would help out more if it was needed.

Post # 11
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

This is definitely something that I grappled with as well.  I felt the same as you in that I thought it wasn’t fair that my parents were footing the bill when my husbands parents were perfectly capable of contributing.  The fact of the matter is that it is traditional for the bride’s parents to pay, and many parents abide by those terms.  In fact, I think sometimes the grooms parents don’t offer because they don’t want to overstep their boundaries.  I stressed about this, but when it came down to it, it was a non-issue.  My parents footed the majority of the bill.  DH’s parents paid for alcohol and the rehearsal dinner.  DH had many more guests than I did, and that miffed me at first, but again, it was stress that seems silly in hindsight.  Also, DH’s parents gave us a VERY generous wedding gift, so really it evened out in the end.  It also sounds like your FI’s parents are generous to him (like paying for a down payment on a mortgage), which will benefit you, and honestly will most likely be much more than the cost of the wedding!  Moral of the story, don’t stress about who is paying for what, it all evens out in the end.  Accept any contributions graciously and focus on the meaning of the wedding…getting married to the love of your life!

Post # 12
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If someone wants to help you, that’s cool.  If you feel comfortable asking someone for money, that’s cool, too.  However, if they don’t want to or say no, it’s up to you and your Fiance to make it work.  No one is obligated to pay for anything.

Post # 13
1558 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Ozzygirl17:  No one is required to contribute to throwing a wedding. Even if they can afford it.

Post # 14
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think modern expectations is that the couple pays unless one/both sets of parents offer some assistance and the couple wants to accept. My parents said from before I was even engaged that a wedding was not something they would be contributing to (fair enough, they have done enough) and we declined assistance from FIs parents as we earn more, it didn’t feel right to take their hard earned. 

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