Post # 1
IF you’re doing one (I know it’s not really a tradition or necessary AT ALL), how much are you spending on your DH’s wedding gift? Alternately, how much should he spend on you? Answer the poll with whichever is higher, por favor.
I ask because I have discovered the Cartier love bracelet and can’t stop thinking about one. It would be the most romantic thing to receive one the morning of the wedding as a gift from FI…. 🙂 But, also crazy ridic expensive ($6.6k new for the least bling version). How high maintenance we brides are! I’m just curious to know what you guys think is appropriate dollar-wise. Then maybe I can convince myself a magic bracelet is not in the cards!
In case you’re itching to see what the big deal is about… it comes with a tiny gold screwdriver so it can be “locked” on your wrist! http://www.cartier.us/collections/jewelry/collections/love/love-bracelets/b6035516-love-bracelet
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
I bought FI a Citizen’s watch for a little over $300 and he bought earrings for about the same price. I would’ve been comfortable spending more but it was the one he wanted so it was easy! We spent a little over $1k on the gifts for our moms.
Post # 3
I think I would get FI something that he had wanted for a long time and hadn’t been able to justify the cost.
He is your stereotypical blokey bloke so it will probably be the least romantic thing ever. Something extra for his car, something for his bike, or a new gun inscribed with a cute message. I still think any of these things would almost bring a tear to his eye.
When it’s a bit closer, I will suss out exactly what I think he will love the most and save accordingly. (I think it’ll be the gun.) I think there should be no budget, other than what you can afford without going into debt, focusing instead on something which they could never justify buying for themselves, or something they will treasure.
I wouldn’t mind if my present was $1000 less than the one I bought him or something if it was super thoughtful. I definitely believe it’s the thought that counts more than the monetary value.
Post # 4
I bought DH (LEGO chef) cufflinks, a personalized hankie. I think they totalled around $80. He bought me a bling flask that he had engraved with my new initials, our wedding date and an infinity symbol (kind of our thing). I think it was around $40.
I wanted to put a beer ‘cake’ (think diaper cake, but cold beers instead) in his suite for after he and the guys had gone golfing on the morning of the wedding, but from what I hear, they partied into the wee hours after our rehearsal dinner… and may have had a few on the course, as well. Oh well, saved me some $, lol.
Post # 5
nessdawwg: That seems like a very rational way to put it… spend what you logically can afford on something that will make him cry like a baby!!! Love it, good guideline.
brighteyedgirl: BEER CAKE LMAO!!! My FI and his dudes will probably go rock climbing morning of, so I may think of something like that to put together for him
Post # 6
Woobee: I figured it would go over well… that and/or a mini-liquor bottle bouquet. Whatever floats their boat. ;]
Post # 7
I had a low budget for my wedding gift to my husband (about $50) since I don’t work. Fortunately, our wedding photography package came with the choice of a bridal or boudoir session, so I was able to include the boudoir photos as part of my gift. I made him a WoW themed gift with custom cufflinks, socks, emergency kit, etc. I made all of the labels at home (InDesign), gift boxes, packaging, etc. and he absolutely loved it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
Woobee: I suggested this to my FI as a wedding gift too!! I’m really hoping I get it. He just asked me yesterday how much I’m spending on him and I didn’t want to be honest with him so I said around $3500…I’m getting him a $5500 rolex and I did a budoir photo-shoot and got an album that cost total around $600. But I’m only spending so much b/c once we have a kid I will most likely no longer be working and I wanted to get him something he will have forever while I can still do so with my own money. If that makes sense.
Post # 9
brighteyedgirl: OMG this beer cake is brilliant. I totally want to do this….
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
I bought FI his Up! cufflinks and his grooms cake – not trying to spend too much since we’re going on our honeymoon the day after the wedding. But considering I’ve paid for most of the wedding myself, I think that’s generous enough haha.