Post # 1
So we’re in the final countdown and I’m just overwhelmed at how many gifts we are expected to buy. Bridesmaid or Best Man, Groomsmen, parents, a little something for the officiant! Geeads! It all adds up so much.
Anyone else feel like gifts are getting a little excessive?
Post # 3
We didn’t really buy that many gifts for sure. We got thank you gift cards for the usher (his cousin) and my maid of honor (his sister) because they were doing us a huge favor by being in our wedding. We didn’t get anything for our parents but they know we love them anyway!
Post # 4
We were supposed to get something for the officient?? Oops!
We got gifts for the BMs (7), GMs (7), FGs (3) and Ring Bearer (1)
Post # 5
So do you guys think that a nice thank you note is enough for the parents?
With our Destination Wedding so close to Christmas it’s just feeling really excessive…not to mention a pain to drag the gifts across the country just to have them be taken all the way back home again!
Post # 6
I think for your parents a good present could be a framed wedding picture. Your BM’s you could do something small and simple maybe a small present that reflects their personality. Give yourself a budget and it might seem less daunting.
Post # 7
I was going to do a photo album or something for our parents, but I haven’t done anything yet. My husband’s parents want a traditional me and my husband shot but we don’t have any because we were too busy taking fun arty pictures and didn’t think of it!
I think as long as you just give everyone something small. And a framed picture for the parents would be a nice gift.
Post # 8
That’s why I’m planning on starting in January. Buying some gifts each month so it’s not a budget buster in one fell swoop.
Post # 9
well I don’t think we are going to do anything big for anyone…just a thank you gesture so hopefully it won’t break us too bad.
Post # 10
when i first read this i was thinking christmas presents LOL
Post # 11
It is a lot of gifts, but we did ours a bit at a time so even though we did end up spending a ton (6 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 6 Groomsmen, 3 sets of parents) it was more manageable because it wasn’t all at once.
For my inlaws, we did adigital picture frame, my mom got a Vera bradley duffle bag and gift certificate for a little French Bistro she likes and a note saying she’s welcome to stay over any time (she lives in NJ and we’re in MD), and an engraved picture frame for my dad that says “Dad and Kate”. I sent him a picture of us during the father/daughter dance.
Post # 12
Yes! I totally think gifts are getting a bit out of control. Where do you even stop? Do I get a gift for Future Sister-In-Law for doing my invites even though that’s her wedding present to us? What about the photographer – also another wedding gift? Or FSIL’s husband who’ll be our videographer? It’s all a bit crazy. I think we’re sticking to parents, Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man (we have no other bridal party) cause otherwise I could get gifts for everyone!
Post # 13
i know! we have a small wedding party so i didn’t think it would be bad, but since it was small we got them nice gifts. and our parents paid for the wedding so they got nice gifts, and our friend is playing keyboard for the ceremony, so he gets something. gifts seem like half our budget.