*You will never lack for free advice if you give the least hint that you might actually listen to it. Considering how poor most free advice is, do all you can to avoid this scourge. Feigning deafness will be helpful upon occasion.
*As a father of a daughter, you would be well advised to offer a nice bribe to encourage elopement. Not only will this save you money in the long run, it will possibly keep you and your spouse out of divorce court!
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.