Originally Posted by FinanceDude
I have a dumb question....why is it that the bride's family has to pay the whole thing? Other than tradition, it doesn't seem that smart financially.........:confused:
Although this is the tradition in our family (European) DH and I paid for our own wedding. My parents didn't have the money and I would never have expected them to take money out of their own retirement...that just sounds like a stupid thing to do. Luckily, DH and I were able to pay for our own wedding. But, even if we weren't able too, I'd imagine we would have taken out loans or eloped to keep the expenses down, before I'd jeopardize mom and dad's retirement.