Erin, I think I will try to pack the OOT bags before we leave so they are ready to distribute once we arrive. I hope they don't take up too much space.
I'm having a bit of a moral issue right now. I was talking to my parents about the AHR. They wanted to know how much we were planning on spending. My dad mentioned that they haven't discussed what/how much to give us for our wedding. I told them that since they paid for a portion of our appliances when we bought our house I wasn't expecting anything.
My parents are in a much better financial situation than FI's family. I don't think it's right that my parents can give us $5K for our new home and we have actually given his parents about $3K to help meet ends because his dad would rather be on EI than work at a job that pays less than $20/hour. I would appreciate the money, but it's not fair that my parents contribute and FI has taken on his family's responsibilities in addition to our own. I feel bad not accepting anything from my parents, especially since they paid for my sister's dress and part of her traditional wedding. I almost feel like any money we accept from my family is basically just being given to his family because they can't be responsible. So even though we can afford to pay for AHR on our own, we are no further ahead thanks to my parent's generosity. I want to tell my parents not to give us anything.