Our DGS is being christened in May and there will be approximately 100 guests for the christening party afterwards. DIL has decided to hire a marquee and employ outside caterers to do the food. She has informed me the total cost of the christening will be in the region of £1700. She then asked DH and me how much we'd like to contribute. Bearing in mind that we are on a fixed income, apart from myself and DH no-one else from DS' family have been invited (most of the guests are DIL's parents friends!) and we were never asked for any input (apart from financial) what can I say? My DS says as its his child he is paying, but every time I see DIL by herself she continues to ask! I think it's a bl**dy cheek to ASK for money as she went ahead and organised it without even consulting us and now asks for a contribution.
Apparently her parents are paying for the drinks. My personal feelings are that the whole meaning of the christening is lost here and there is more concern about the 'bash' afterwards. Interested in others viewpoints. Is it actually 'expected' that grandparents should contribute to a christening ? By the way, none of us are churchgoers..
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