(Closed) Framed pictures from the wedding as Christmas gifts. Terrible idea?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Thoughts on framed photos for xmas gifts?
    It's a nice gift. Go for it! : (51 votes)
    65 %
    I agree with your DH. It's self-centered. : (25 votes)
    32 %
    Other. : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @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
    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t think it’s any different than giving engagement pics as a gift–which is commonplace in my family

    Post # 5
    3374 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    2441 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    1458 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
    1748 posts
    Bumble bee

    @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
    7310 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    I think it works for parents only, and maybe a close sibling/grandparent but not for all family across the board.


    Post # 15
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    @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
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • 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….

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