Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Open Bar

My niece is getting married. Finally.

She's been living with her boyfriend for four years and now they've decided to get married. Naturally, they expect my sister to plan and pay for the whole bash. Naturally, my sister doesn't get any input into the particulars of the ceremony (ex: my niece doesn't want to say the vows because she doesn't like speaking in front of people. I suggested flash cards.)

Since I'm about to be the proud father of my second little girl, let me just lay down a rule right now: Once you've lived with a man for over two years, I am no longer responsible for the wedding.

I'm not saying you can't live with a guy before you marry him, but if you can't see your way clear to marry the guy within a couple of years, all bets are off. Once a guy has been a part of Family Christmas twice, he's already being treated like one of the family. I'm not paying for what is basically a free party for you and your friends. I'll be happy to help pay for the marriage license but the hall, the D.J. and the booze are out. If you don't think that's fair then I'll make you a deal: I'll pay for the wedding as long as I am not expected to treat the guy like a son-in-law until after the wedding. That means he doesn't do holiday's with us, doesn't get presents, doesn't get to sleep with you under my roof. Remember, he can do all those things for the first two years you live together, after that, if you want me to continue to treat you like you're married, fine, you're married.


PartTimeMom said...

Sounds like good solid rules to me!

4:59 PM  
Blackberriesgirl said...

Don't forget about setting rules on if you will let them move back into your house with kids and hubby for months on end.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous said...

So did your father in law pay for your wedding?

4:34 AM  
Booray said...

I payed for BOTH my weddings!My first wedding I had been living with the girl for about 7 years so we just went down to the courthouse. My second wedding was on the beach in St. Thomas and we paid a company to do the whole thing for us.

9:09 AM  
Meghan said...

I just found your site and am reading some of your posts. I think this is a great rule. Maybe you should commit to paying for the divorces? Then you can get your daughters back from the clutches of the men they lived in sin with...

2:08 AM  
Booray said...

If they are living in sin they don't need a divorce!

9:34 AM  

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