Post # 1
So my mum and step dad have just said they want to buy my partner and I an engagement present and asked us to pick something. I had no idea you would get a gift for getting engaged but apparently you do. What sorts of things should we be looking at? I think it has to be something that lasts and something special but what? What would you like? What did you get given? We don’t own our own homevand just have a small – but nicely decorated! – flat.
Post # 3
Honestly…I’d want help with a downpayment on a house 🙂 I’d never heard of getting an engagement present either, but that’s awesome that they’re offering!! Another idea- engagement pictures? That’s a special, tangible, present!
Post # 4
Well, it would depend on the budget. Are they helping to pay for your wedding? If not, I would ask them to pay or contribute to part of it. If so, then perhaps something you would like to splurge on or that’s not in the original budget.
Post # 5
Engagement presents and parties are common here in Australia. Some people even do registries for them. We didn’t do a registry but we recieved some cash, household items like sheets, pots and pans and my family bought us fly screens for our windows because we had just moved into a new home that didnt have them. Since they weren’t a priority for us the fly screens were a nice suprise since after building we didn’t have a lot of spare cash.
Post # 6
We mostly got cash and gift cards. Oh, and my parents took us out for a really nice dinner.
Post # 7
@anahappilyeverafter: my Fi’s parents gave us a cute set of champagne glasses decorated with painted on diamond rings and my mom got us a scentsy with 4 packets of our favorite scent. His aunfs threw us a lovely party as well. We didn’t expect presents but most bought us a nice bottle of champagne or wine.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
We got cards and money and my parents paid for an engagement announcement in the local newspaper (: They’re also paying for the majority of the wedding so we didn’t expect anything extra from them.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for ideas! I’m not sure what the budget is, but I spoke to my partner and I think we are just going to ask them if we can put whatever they were going to spend towards the wedding.
Post # 11
Helping with the wedding budget sounds like a good option! Then you know it is practical, but also wedding relevant!
Post # 12
Is it an English thing? I never knew you got engagements gifts/cards either, but all my English Future In-Laws are sending them our way. I’m not complaining… Hah.
And yes – just have them chip in towards the wedding. They can get the cake, the flowers, the dress, etc.
Post # 13
We got a engagement present from his parents when we got engaged. I got a emerald ring which I picked and my fiance got a MAC book laptop. We were able to pick what we wanted and were lucky we each got something instead of a combined gift 🙂
Post # 14
Maybe a cash contribution to help with a downpayment on a house, a nice weekend getaway for the two of you, a pampering weekend at a spa for the two of you, they could pay for your engagement photos, throw you a nice engagement party, etc.
Post # 15
We registered for a really nice luggage set and small kitchen stuff and organizers since we had almost everything else.
Post # 16
What about your toasting flutes for the wedding? Or the cake knife? Or money towards the wedding is always a HUGE help too.