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9 creative ways to thank your parents for making it to (and through!) your wedding

Unless you raised yourselves (or were raised by wolves, which would be even better), you might have a parent figure of some kind to thank for helping you get to be the awesome human you are who gets to marry the awesome person who loves you for being the awesome person you are.

If this is the case, here are some fun ways to thank your parents before, after, or at your wedding…

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My son has an alcohol problem. How do I handle him with an open bar at the wedding?

I appreciated your article about how to handle a abusive/misbehaving wedding guest. I am getting married next year and I have a son with an drug and alcohol problem. I cannot uninvite him but need tips on how to handle him. He is fine until he starts drinking and there is no way that we can keep him from drinking since we are having an open bar.

I was considering hiring someone to attend to watch him and, as soon as gets boorish, place him in an cab and send him home. Where do I find a babysitter?

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Are your parents helping pay for your wedding? Have them read this.

The only rule is to talk openly and honestly about expectations clearly before accepting any money — is the money a loan? A gift? If it's a gift, does it come with stipulations or expectations? Talking about money is uncomfortable and awkward for everyone, but it's critically important for parents who might be contributing to weddings to be VERY clear about what their expectations are… and to watch out for predatory marketing that targets parents…