When to give Parent's Gifts?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
12447 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We gave ours at the rehearsal dinner, but we also had traditional boxed gifts.

Could you give each of them a card and mention that the gifts are being shipped directly to their houses to avoid any trouble carrying it around?

Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kg1185:  Yes, I believe most people give parent gifts at the rehearsal dinner.  That is what we are doing, too.  However, I really don’t think it would be that big of a deal to give it to them at another time.  I’m not too keen on etiquette rules – just do what feels right!

Post # 5
44984 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kg1185:  If the arrangement is edible, it may not make sense to give it at the rehearsal dinner. Give them a card and have it delivered at a later date.

Post # 6
11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@julies1949:  This. I would not give that to them at the rehearsal.

It’s also *traditional* to do them at the RD, but has nothing to do with etiquette.

Post # 7
12262 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My parents would have LOVED a surprise Edible Arrangement while we were on our honeymoon!

Post # 8
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think parents gifts should be given at whatever time the couple chooses, regardless of tradition, and is often dependent on the gift.  An edible gift that requires refrigeration, like yours, is probably best delivered directly to their home rather than given at a rehearsal dinner.  We gave our parents’ gifts to them a couple months after the wedding, since we gave them engraved picture frames with a wedding photo plus an album of wedding photos.  If you don’t give the gift during the wedding weekend, a warm, public “thank you” will do.

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