(Closed) Gifts for parents who are paying for wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I wouldn’t get them something expensive, because then it’s like you’re giving them their money back.


How about some sort of jewerly for the moms (not saying matching, just a general idea)? or some pretty handmade notebooks? or send them flowers with a lovely note? or a nice perfume (like the hermes un jardin fragrances)? or books?


and for the dads…  i don’t know, i always find it really hrd to gift men! do they play sports? if any of them do you could get them something sport related…cufflinks? wallets?

Post # 4
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We bought them a trip, since not only did they pay for 100% of the wedding, but my mom also did over 50% of the dirty work of planning (making phone calls etc since I can’t do that at work and she is a professor so her schedule is more flexible), so I wanted them to get a chance to get away and enjoy themselves. It was slightly expensive, but so was the wedding, and my mom cried she was so happy (she was worried that all of her work, moreso than the money, was going unnoticed and was thrilled to see we appreciate it all so much). They actually are going this Saturday! My mom chose New Orleans, since she’s never been. If you can’t spend as much, maybe just pay for a spa day, or a night or two at a hotel within driving distance of home to give them a relaxing experience?

Post # 6
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My parents paid for our wedding, FI’s paid for the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon. Both sets insisted that we not give them gifts.

We are waiting to get our wedding pictures back, and we are making a photobook for each set of parents with wedding pictures.

Post # 8
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My parents paid for most of our wedding. Giving them something expensive would have been counter-productive. My mom has always talked about how her wedding “album” is just a bunch of photos in a flip book. I scanned in their photos and made a nice Mixbook from them. 

I think that money-wise, my IL’s present was actually more, but my parents’ was so personal. 

Post # 10
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s just a photobook, but you can do it yourself. http://www.mixbook.com. It’s really easy to use and relatively inexpensive (make sure to wait for a sale).

Post # 14
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I originally wanted to give my parents a trip, like Bookishbelle did, but their work schedules are changing and it wouldn’t work out.  I ended up giving my Mom some Tiffany jewelry and a bunch of restauarant giftcards so they could go out together.  I plan on giving photo books for Christmas.

Post # 16
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

My fiance and I decided that for thank you gifts for our parents’ help with the wedding we wanted to give them something that was not all about us or focused on us (like a photo album of our wedding or a picture from the wedding with a frame and cheesy poem). 

We wanted the gift to be something for them and only them.  We decided to get them an activity as a gift, something they may not otherwise pruchase for themselves.  We bought hot air balloon rides for my fiances parents and concert tickets for my parents.  

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