In a recent Reddit post recounting a challenging family situation, a user opened up about his concerns regarding his son’s extravagant wedding plans. Here’s the full story.
His Son is Engaged
Bill’s son is engaged to Peggy, and as per cultural norms, both fathers are expected to contribute to the wedding expenses.
Is the Budget Too Much?
However, Bill finds himself grappling with the exorbitant budget proposed by Peggy’s father and his son’s expectations.
Bill thought the initial wedding budget proposed by Peggy’s father, amounting to $20,000, was excessive and extravagant.
He Can Afford to Give
While he acknowledged that he can afford to contribute $10,000, he is hesitant about such grandiose spending.
His Own Wedding Cost Less
Taking into account his wedding expenses, which came to around $7,000 after careful negotiations, Bill believes that a budget of $10,000 should suffice for his son’s wedding.
He Talked With His Son
However, conversations with his son about the budget led to disagreement and tensions.
His Son Gave His Reasons
Bill’s son firmly insisted that the wedding couldn’t be done for less than $10,000, highlighting the differences in wedding costs over the years.
He outlined certain prices and said the cheapest venue he could find was $5000, and food alone was going to be $2,500.
He Felt Hurt
Despite the son’s appreciation for the contribution, Bill felt hurt that his son believed his financial support was insufficient.
Pizzas for Wedding
Things took a turn when Bill asked how food could come out to $2,500 when it was only around $25 per person.
He even suggested ordering pizzas or sub sandwiches.
But his son looked at him like he was crazy.
A Father’s Advice
Then Bill said they could offer less for the photographer and decorator.
But his sone replied that that wasn’t how things were done.
He Said They Were Spoiled
Bill countered that, no, that was exactly how things were done, and maybe if he and Peggy weren’t so spoiled and expecting the best of the best for everything, then $10,000 would be plenty.
His Son Had Enough
After this encounter, his son just closed his eyes and thanked him for the money, and told his father to get out.
Their Contrasting Viewpoints
Bill’s wife and friends offer contrasting viewpoints.
His wife suggests that it’s their son’s wedding, not theirs, and that they should consider making it a special and memorable occasion, even if it means going beyond their initial budget.
On the other hand, Bill’s friends seem to echo his concerns about the wedding expenses.
Users Came Down Hard on Him
Bill took to Reddit to ask whether he was wrong for what he did and more than seven thousand comments poured in saying that he was a jerk.
One Reddit user wrote, “Yes, YTA. He thanked you for the money and is planning on paying for the rest. How they spend their money isn’t your business. Can you seriously not envision that prices have increased over several decades?”
He Is Out of Touch
Another Redditor commented, “YTA and so wildly out of touch. You have no idea how things work now. It’s the mentality of my grandparents, which is understandable as they are in their 90s. You really have no excuse.”
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