I was having a discussion with some family members from Europe. We were talking about how things are changing over there but a lot of people still marry quite young and have to depend on their parents to finance their weddings because they can't afford them at that point in their lives. I provided my two cents and stated that in my opinion people who decide to get married and start a family should know that it is a responsibility and should be somewhat financially able to provide for themselves. I added that a good starting point is financing your own wedding - whether modest and small or lavish and big. I explained that in my opinion parents can help to some extent, but the young couple shouldn't be in a position where they have to rely on them completely. I think that my opinion wasn't exactly popular with all of these people. I'm I totally alone in my thinking? I mean there are exceptions when people are saving up for a down payment or something specific, and the parents decide to help out, but in general doesn't marriage equate with adulthood and responsibility?