The preparation for his daughters’ new homes:
Ali narrated that when the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, married him to Faatimah, he sent with her a garment, a pillow made from leather stuffed with date-palm leaves, two hand-mills, and two containers.
This shows the virtue of making the marriage easy, and shows that marriage preparations should be according to a person’s ability. Therefore, both the bride and groom should not exaggerate in going beyond their financial means in preparing their home for marriage.
The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, gave them a small house behind the house of his wife, ‘Aa’ishah from the north, facing the door known as “The Door of Gabriel.” There was a small door in their house that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would sometimes enter from and which led to his house.
The father of the bride should help in the expenses of the marriage, and he should not say that everything is upon the groom. Nowadays, the groom is usually a young man who has recently graduated or just started work, and his salary may be low and he would naturally need help with the expenses.