My husband is quick to respond when he hears this comment. The following are his thoughts on the topic:
It’s not all about the money. Your daughter’s wedding is also an appreciation party, and a time to get all of your family and friends together. A wedding is a time to show your love for your daughter and her husband-to-be, by helping send them off into the world of marriage properly. Saying the vows to each other is celebration — not just money spent — and should be enjoyed by family and friends.
A wedding gives the newlyweds the chance to spend time with the extended sides of both families, sometimes for the first time. This can help the newlyweds down the road, by renewing old relationships and making new ones. A marriage is about joining two families into one.
If you are religious, a wedding can have spiritual significance. Some consider it a sacrament. It is a time to commit to each other in front of God.
A wedding is also a time for the parents to share their happiness with their friends, too. As parents, we are so proud of our children. Weddings are a time to socialize with the people who are important in your child’s life and yours.
Wedding gifts can be practical and truly helpful. The guests who go beyond the call of duty by bringing the couple amazing gifts and money can help send them out into the world with a little less stress.
As my husband says, “The money spent on your daughter or son’s wedding is money well spent.”
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