I'm getting married in September and throughout the planning process, I am shocked (as I'm sure most brides are!) at how pricey weddings are! My fiancée and I are fairly financially savvy and give or take a few things, we've been able to stay within our budget. However, throughout these planning months my parents haven't offered to contribute a penny, and I feel like there is no tasteful way to ask. I also feel too proud to ask. While we'll be able to afford everything on our own, it would just be so nice if my parents contributed something rather than just tell me how nice their new dock is on their waterfront home. Even my fiancée's parents (who are much less well off than my own) offered to pay for the rehearsal dinner without being asked. Like I said, my fiancée and I are independent and will make due without my parents help, but it sure would be nice to not have to pinch as many pennies as I am. Am I being ridiculous?