Post # 1
I was telling Darling Husband that I wanted to give our loved ones framed pictures from our wedding as part of their Christmas gifts this year and he thought it was a terrible idea. I wasn’t planning on having the pictures be only of us but I was thinking about doing some nice family shots for our parents. Everyone who we would be gifting with pictures had a number of very nice photos taken of them with either their significant other and/or children at our wedding. I thought that getting the photos printed and purchasing some nice quality frames would be a good idea (not as their only gift, just an extra one) but Darling Husband said that he hated it and that if he was gifted with something like that, he would think that the giver cheaped out. I reiterated that it wouldn’t be their only gift but he still thinks it’s a terrible idea. I can see if we were going to gift them with pictures of us but that’s not the case at all. I know that if it was me, I would like a framed picture of Darling Husband and I from someone elses wedding. If nothing else I could display it on my desk at work.
What do you think? Is this a self centered gift even if the picture isn’t of us? Would you like a framed picture of you and your SO/children if it was just an extra gift and didn’t take away from the presents that you would normally be getting anyway?
Post # 3
@UpstateCait: I think that’s a great idea. When we sent out our thank you cards if our photographer had captured a great shot of the couple/family we sent out a print in the thank you card and people LOVED that. Lots of people don’t have great pictures of themselves because they are always behind the camera. I would love to receive a great framed photo of myself and my husband.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s any different than giving engagement pics as a gift–which is commonplace in my family
Post # 5
Totally NOT self centered. My parents and grandparents asked for framed engagement pictures of us as their christmas presents last year. They loved them and I didn’t feel weird. Mine went right next to all the other grandchildren on the mantel.
Post # 6
If you’re giving it to people who would likely display the framed picture, it’s a great idea. Other than that, maybe not. I’d love a framed picture of my daugter and her new husband to display with other family photos. I wouldn’t really want a pic of my brother and his new wife. I certainly wouldn’t display it. Now that I think of it. I have a beautifully framed pic of my bro and his first wife. It’s hidden in the back of a closet.
Post # 7
I would like it. Mostly because I never get around to printing pictures of Fiance and I and actually putting them in a frame. We have one picture of us in the house and it was a gift haha.
With that said, it depends on the gift receiever. My parents would love it, but my little brother is 21 and probably would throw it in his desk and forget about it.
Post # 8
I like the idea! All my family is already begging me to order pictures for them off of our engagement pic disc. So I made really cute photo books and am giving our parents/grandparents that as part of their gifts. I don’t think it’s self-centered at all, if your family loves photos like mine does.
Post # 9
I purposely had my photog take family pictures of my sibilings and their spouses & kids at the wedding (for Christmas gifting purposes). No one in my family has family portaits of any kind, so a professional shot of just their family was an awesome gift (and was the only gift for my sibling/spouse). I bought really nice gallery frames for them and enlarged them to 8 x 10 prints (the frames ended up being larger with the matting). The only party foul was one of my brother’s didn’t have a picture with only his immediate family – I don’t know how it slipped through the cracks. The only family shot was one with me and Darling Husband in it as well – so, I didn’t make an 8 x 10 of that one, but just 5 x 7’d it and put it in a frame. It wasn’t ideal by any means, but it was the best I could do.
I think if you have photos that aren’t wedding-ish, I think it would be a lovely gift. I know I’d love to receive a lovely picture of me and Darling Husband from a friend’s recent wedding that was all framed and pretty.
Post # 10
We did family photos at our wedding for this exact christmas purpose. So that means i don’t think the gift idea sucks! I would also add that it might even be enough of a gift (especially with a high quality frame) but that’s up to you! Maybe i’m just old but i can’t think of anything i would appreciate more for Christmas than a flattering family photo.
Post # 11
I think it is a good idea. Last christmas my sister gave me a picture of her and I from her wedding and I love it! It was not even in a nice frame, but it meant to much to me.
Post # 12
@UpstateCait: I think it is a wonderful idea. My mom would love a picture of the two of us from my wedding my brother would like it too. I think it would be better if it was a candid picture that they didn’t know was being taken that captured a special moment between the two of you. Adorable!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I am planning on doing this for several friends and family members because the girls were all thrilled that our wedding got their guys dress up. Our guy friends are solidly in the jeans & t-shirts camp, so seeing them in suits and ties was a rare treat! I know they will love pictures of them and their SOs looking all spiffy.
We’re also making family photo books to give to our immediate family (e.g. my parents, Mr. LK’s Grama, etc). Photos are a big thing for both sides of the family, so I know they will love having photo books from our wedding. Mr. LK’s Aunt has already started giving me a list of photos that she wants! LOL
Post # 14
I think it works for parents only, and maybe a close sibling/grandparent but not for all family across the board.
Post # 15
@Moose1209: We did the same thing. Our venue was extremely dramatic (and our wedding very small), so all of the guests had time to take some pictures with the photographer. In our thank-yous we gave them a picture of us and a print of themselves from the wedding. We’ve seen them on fridges and framed in our friends’ and families’ houses and it’s wonderful. Everyone seemed to like it. Who doesn’t like getting pictures of themselves looking dapper?
Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2012 - The Old Field Club
as long as the photos include the people you are gifting them to, I think its nice. If you are giving them just photos of you and the hubs alone (unless its your parents) it starts getting a little strange….