Post # 1
While discussing our budget and trying to estimate the cost of each item,we came across our gifts for our parents. My fiance commented that he hadn’t even known that we needed to do that- oops! I suggested we get our parents tickets to a broadway show as a token of our appreciation for all of their wedding help. I’m a big believer in giving events as gifts, something to look forward to after all the wedding planning and hopefully a wonderful memory will be created. What does everyone else think? What are you getting your parents for their wedding thank you gift?
Post # 3
I’m not getting my parents anything. Honestly the whole idea of gifts for your FI, gifts for your wedding party, and gifts for your parents seems ridiculous to me. I give my parents gifts on their special occasions (like their birthdays) and they give me gifts on my special occasions (like my wedding). I’m buying jewelry for my BM’s so they can match, but that’s all I’m doing. The rest is just an industry-created “tradition” to get people to spend more money.
OK so that was a really harsh post sorry! Your parents would probably most appreciate a copy of your wedding album, or a mini version of it. If you’re looking for a gift that you can give before the wedding, maybe a gift card to a spa or other location where they can relax after all the stress of helping you with the wedding – like their own mini honeymoon haha!
Post # 4
I think that if your parents are contributing to your wedding in any way (financially or by otherwise helping out) giving them a gift is really a nice touch. That being said, I’m not sure yet exactly what we’ll be doing – I like your idea of Broadway tickets, though. It will be a way for them to relax and have a nice experience.
Post # 5
I think its important to show appreciation to our parents for all they are doing for our wedding – maybe I’d feel differently if we were doing it all ourselves, but my parents and in-laws are footing a lot of the bill and have worked super hard on it. We’re even holding the reception on my in-laws property!
That said, I have NO idea what to get the parents, so I’ll be following this thread for more ideas!
Post # 6
We’re getting framed prints for our parents. I haven’t thought much beyond that. We’re on a tight budget, and I know they’ll love to have prints. I’m also thinking about making a photo book once we get our CD of prints. I also wrote letters to each parent to give to them (privately) at the rehearsal dinner, thanking them for their love and support.
Post # 7
My parents don’t really “get” weddings but have been very kind and wrote us a substantial check to help with expenses (at least they got the weddings are expensive part, lol). I asked them if they wanted to buy a photo album when I signed up for my photography package and they declined, FI’s parents decided to buy them for themselves though. For my parents, I plan to buy them the album because even though they don’t understand what it is, I think they will like it a lot. I also think I will probably buy his parents a nice framed print of one of the family portraits done at the wedding. They LOVE photographs and I know it would mean a lot to them.
I plan to give these “future” presents in thank you cards written to the families and handed out at the rehearsal dinner. I may try to get a little picture of the items sold by my photogrpaher so they can visualize the gift.