A generous dad took to Reddit for opinions after he threatened to not pay for his son’s wedding if he couldn’t get his way. You won’t even believe the price of admission! Here is the full story.
They’re Getting Hitched
OP is a 54-year-old man with 3 children.
His 26-year-old son has a 26-year-old fiance, and they’re planning their wedding after 4 years of dating.
He’ll Pay, But…
It didn’t take much arm-twisting to get OP to agree to pay for the wedding, but he had 2 conditions for coughing up the cash.
They Had Big Plans
First, OP wanted his son and future daughter-in-law to use a wedding planner due to the scope of their plans.
He Wants It to Be Perfect
They’re expecting 300-400 guests, and OP has given the couple a budget of $150,000. He just wants to make sure that everything goes as well as possible.
He Wants His Family There
OP’s second condition for paying is that he can invite 8 people who are important to him.
These are older aunts and uncles who have been close to him throughout his life.
They Saved Him
In particular, these family members helped OP with his kids after he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed below the waist.
Without their support, he doesn’t know how they would have survived.
There Would Be No Wedding Without Them
But with the family’s help, OP was able to pursue a settlement from the accident and then make some decent investments.
That’s how he can afford the wedding in the first place.
She Said No
Given all of that background and how large the wedding is going to be, OP was surprised when his future daughter-in-law rejected his proposal.
She Didn’t Want Them There
The young lady was fine with hiring a wedding planner, but she didn’t want any of OP’s selected guests to come to the ceremony.
They Made Her Uncomfortable
Her reasoning was that she didn’t know OP’s aunts and uncles, and it would make her uncomfortable to have them there.
He Stood by Her
For his part, OP’s son didn’t care one way or the other, but he stood by his fiance’s decision.
He Wouldn’t Pay
OP reminded his son that these weren’t suggestions, but his conditions for paying for the wedding.
If his family members could not attend, then he wouldn’t pay.
He Was Holding Them Hostage
In the aftermath of those discussions, the girl’s family started contacting OP to tell him what a terrible person he was for holding their wedding hostage.
He was their only hope to get the ceremony they wanted.
They Wouldn’t Pay
The parents of OP’s future daughter-in-law made good money of their own, but they had paid for all their kids’ educations.
That’s why they weren’t paying for the wedding.
She’s No Gold Digger
So OP does not consider the young woman to be a gold digger, as some Redditors initially commented.
She Wouldn’t Even Notice Them
But OP also doesn’t see what the big deal is about having a few of his relatives at the wedding when so many of the girl’s family will be there.
She won’t even notice his crew.
They Talked It Out
After several more rounds of talks, OP was able to get a little better understanding of his future daughter-in-law’s hesitation.
She Didn’t Think They’d Fit In
Mostly, she was afraid that OP’s older family would not fit in well with the brash and loud party atmosphere the couple planned for their wedding.
But Maybe They Could Handle It
In the end, OP convinced the young lady that his family could handle the excitement, and she agreed they could come.
Redditors still have their doubts about the fiance’s motivations, though, and many of them think she only backed down because OP called her bluff.
It’s Gonna Be a Whopping Headache
Some of them say that the cost of the wedding is outrageous and that it’s even more outrageous that OP had such trouble just getting the OK to invite a few people who are so important to him.
Many think the marriage is going to be challenging for the rest of OP’s life.
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