Post # 1
I have been a wedding photographer for about two years, but have only been to 2 weddings as a guest, and both were close family members. However, my boyfriend and I will be attending a high school friends wedding this August (I was friends with the groom all through HS). I will be 7 months pregnant in August, and we will be in the process of moving. Between the new house and baby, we really do not have a lot of extra money to spare (and I know, some of you will say to save more for a gift, but the bride is having 2 bridal showers and a bachelorette party she has practically begged me to attend, plus we have 3 more weddings to attend this summer! Sheesh!) Anyways, the bride adores getting her pictures taken (she and her FI have had 3 engagement sessions done!) so I came up with the idea to offer her a beautifully packaged gift certifiate for a 1 hour couples session through my photography studio. Doesn’t exactly cost me too much money, and I thought it was a good idea. However when it was mentioned to my other friend attending the wedding, she thought this was extremly tacky. Thoughts?
Post # 2
I don’t think it’s tacky, but it is kind of odd to wrap something up. I’d just make mention that you’d like to give them studio time and an album as your gift to them.
Or perhaps, for a bachelorette gift you could offer a boudoir session?
Post # 3
I don’t think it needs fancy packaging, but I think it would be a lovely gift!
Post # 4
navywifenmoore: Since they have already had 3 engagement sessions, is this something that you would think they would actually want/need? Or are you only doing it to save you money? If it is only to save you money, then I would say it is tacky. If you are doing it, because you think they would really like this gift, then it is not tacky at all!
Post # 5
I think it’s a great gift.
Post # 6
I think that’s a great gift idea 🙂
Post # 7
Soon_to_be_wed: I wasn’t going to put any sort of expiration date on it, so I thought I could offer it as sort of a one year anniversary shoot they could possibly redeem (They have been doing anniversary shoots as long as they have been dating). Plus, I figured it would help cut costs a bit, while saving them money on a photo session, something they both frequently have done. And the bride has commented before that she has wanted to have me shoot their wedding or engagement pictures, but couldn’t afford my prices.
Post # 8
I think it’s a great gift on it’s own, but if you want something tangible, maybe do the session as a shower present and then consider doing one print for them and putting it in an inexpensive frame to leave at the reception.
Post # 9
I think it’s a great gift. She could use it for Christmas pictures or their 1st year anniversary.
Post # 10
I would love it as a gift.
Post # 11
I would put “Does not expire” in pretty decent sized print on it, so the bride knows she can use it when ever she wants. I think it is a great gift though. I am not a big “wanting my picutre taken all the time” person, but I’m sure I could find some use for it down the line; maternity pictures, family pictures, one year aniversary pictures.
For packaging, I might find a nice frame and put the gift certificate in that, and maybe something cute about how you look foward to helping them fill that frame.
Post # 13
Thank you everyone! I think I will stick to this gift idea then, and not worry about it 🙂
Post # 14
I think it’s a great idea – I would love it 🙂
Post # 15
navywifenmoore: I think it’s a great idea!
But I also agree with some PPs that it doesn’t need to be “packaged”.
Maybe have a gift certificate made up- like professionally- and just tie a bow around it. That way, it’s a little dressed up without being too over the top.