Post # 1
What are you giving your parents as a gift? My (divorced) parents are contributing some and my FIs are paying for my bouquet and reception. Bth moms are making wine too.
I’m thinking about getting them a photobook from my photographer. They’re about $140 each. Is that appropriate or should I do something different?
Post # 3
Or would a copy of the wedding video work?
I have no idea what the norm is…
Post # 4
I think thats the “norm” I am going a different route, and getting my dad a ipad, and my mom a gold set. So yea…different =)
Post # 5
Wow! That’s way out of my budget! lol
Post # 6
We’re gifting both sets of parents with a gift certificate to bnbfinder.com. This site sells gc’s that can be used at hundreds of bed and breakfasts all over the US (I’m not sure if they have a similiar service in Canada). We plan to buy them each a $200 gift certificate which will be enough for atleast one night and probably half of a second night if they choose to stay longer. We live in Upstate, NY, close to the VT border, so we figure they’ll probably travel there to redeem their gift certificates. Neither set of parents ever really get away so we thought it would be nice to gift them with a mini vacay after the stresses of our wedding are over. After they decide when and where they’re going, we plan to arrange to pay for their dinner at a nice local restaurant.
ETA: Since you asked, I’ll answer… I’m not a fan of gifting pictures or the wedding video since I don’t feel that they are really a gift for the person receiving them. I would personally try to come up with something different but if that’s what you want to gift, then go for it.
Post # 7
FI’s parents are picking up the bar tab for us, and my Dad and stepmom paid for the photographer, so they are both contributing about $2500, and we bought them both laptops. We are both in our late 30s, and would feel silly buying them pictures of us as gifts, but I know a lot of people do this and if you think your parents would enjoy it then I think it’s fine.
I’m not very close to my mom and stepdad, and they aren’t really into the whole wedding thing, but they did pay about 300 dollars for the cake, so I bought my mom a necklace and my stepdad a gift certificate for a round of golf.
Post # 8
Oh man, we have to buy our parents gifts? Haha, I’m slightly kidding… but really not looking forward to finding a gift for them.
Anyway, I think your mom will definitely love the photo book! My mom loves pictures more than anything, so I could give her that–but she would slap me in the face if I spent $140 on a gift for her… so “mum’s” the word.
Sorry I don’t have any ideas 🙁
Post # 9
I think a lot of the gifts mentioned are really amazing, but I couldn’t afford most of them. Plus, I don’t want to feel like we’re trying to pay them back for their contribution – rather, they’re contributing to the wedding, and we’re giving them gifts to thank them for the support they’ve shown throughout our lives.
FI’s parents are paying for the rehearsal dinner and part of the honeymoon, and mine are paying for pretty much the rest of the wedding. We were going to get them each a large picture frame with a heartfelt note inside, thanking them for their support and love, with the frame meant to be used for a picture once we get our photos back. I think we’ll also get my parents a gift certificate to one of their favorite restaurants. We’re saving parent albums for Christmas presents (since it’ll probably take that long for me to put them together). I think it’s the thought that counts, more than the gift itself, and including a letter will make it really personal and touching.
Post # 10
You know, I bet the note will mean everything to my parents. I know mom would freak out of we spent part of the money she is giving us toward the wedding. I know our mothers (and stepmom) are all parents that love showing off pictures, and would look back at it.
They all are the types of people who have it all and get what they need on their own.