(Closed) Most unexpected and/or generous gift (wedding/bridal/engagement)

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it would be the most sentimental. My cousins got us a hand painted sign for my shower. It reads “The Newlastname Family Established 2013” Hands down my favorite. That and a quilt my husbands grandmother made is. She started years before we were married when she knew it was getting serious. It was the first one she made after a health scare. She has now started on a baby blanket. No pressure there 😉

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Okay so mine wasn’t extravagant but it was extremely unexpected. I work in an engineering firm where there are not many other females and everyone on my team is male. They all knew that I had my bridal shower this weekend and one of them asked what I was most excited about getting off of our registry. I told them that I really hoped to get the Keuring I had registered for. Well, I walked in this morning and there was a giant basket of different K-Cups sitting on my desk. It was such a sweet gesture (especially coming from a bunch of guys) and definitely the biggest surprise.

 

I was also touched by how generous our family and friends are. I couldn’t believe some of the items that they gave us. Some people bought stuff that wasn’t on the registry and it was like they were reading my mind about stuff I just hadn’t added yet. I didn’t get one gift that I didn’t love (or need).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Most generous would be our new dyson that my Mother-In-Law gifted us! AFTER paying for my wife’s dress, our honeymoon, and bridal shower =/ 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but after the bridal shower, we’ve gotten at least $6K in gifts/cash and they just keep coming! So touched by the generosity of our friends and family.  The most generous gift I received so far was that I had all of my fine china purchased at once.  Love my family!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The most unexpectedly generous was from a friend that went to grad school with me. I got married about a year after we graduated and we hadn’t been talking that much after school ended although we were quite good friends while school was in sessions (including being roommates for away-from-home projects and classes). She also moved out of the area so our wedding was a Destination Wedding for her. She gifted us all of our servingware and the rest of our stemware and her gift was significantly more generous than the rest of the classmates Darling Husband and I invited.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had a lot of unexpected generosity. Probably one of the best was my husband’s paternal grandparents – they gave us $400 and a cutlery set that his grandfather had purchased on the ship when they immigrated from Italy. So there’s a cool story behind it, as well as a generous gift.

One that had me in tears though was a recipe book my cousin made for me – she got all the family to contribute recipes and well wishes. I cried when reading some of it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My grandparents gave us a large cash engagement/wedding gift.  They have always been extraordinarily generous but I still was shocked (and we all cried on the phone when they told me about the gift!) They are basically the only reason we are having a non-super-duper-budget wedding. 

The other gift is from my FI’s aunt, who is giving us their family’s monogrammed silver.  I was really touched that she chose to give it to us, in particular since she has 3 children of her own! (I guess she doesn’t foresee them getting married anytime soon…!)

I’m looking forward to seeing what other sentimental/non-registry type items we get!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lawbride88:  My best friend got us a canvas picture with sand and seashells (beach wedding) and it has our names and wedding date on it, I love it! My Future Mother-In-Law also made us a quilt, which is so sweet. My grandparents and both of our parents have paid for almost everything for us, so those are generous gifts already, I don’t know about wedding presents yet, but so far everyone had been very generous.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Unexpectedly generous – a friend of DH’s from high school/the neighborhood is in Afghanistan as a private contractor. We sent his STD and invite to the last known address (which is somewhere a friend resides, so we figured it would get to him). No RSVP from him, he has sort of a crazy schedule and is in town sometimes, so Darling Husband followed up with him just to see if he was coming.

Dude had never received it but sent a really nice message congratulating us. Then he sent over FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS worth of bedding from our registry (with some funny message like “Hope you have fun between the sheets” or something). I was blown away. A $400 gift from:

– A guy in his 20’s

– Who didn’t receive the invite

– Who I’ve only met once and we haven’t seen in a couple of years

Blown away.

We had some other very very generous gifts (BIL and SIL, who were in the wedding; an aunt; some close friends), but that was the most surprising to us.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

There were 2 that just completely blew me away. The first being the silverware that was given to my paternal grandmother and grandfather for their wedding 65 years ago. my grandfather passed away when I was little, and my grandmother, who I was very close with just passed away 2 years ago.

the other, was a shadow box, with a poem written about our new last name, and pieces from my fmil’s wedding dress, and from her mothers wedding dress. 

Both were so thoughtful, and so perfect. Better than anything I could have imagined.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

One of our groomsmen gave us $300 cash, and one gave us $250 which was totally unexpected in the amount but we figured that out of the entire grooms party those would be the two to give us anything.  We were right but we were shocked with the amount.  My cousin and his wife (in their 70’s) have always treated me very well, and still send me 20 bucks on easter, valentines day, etc.  She mailed me my kitchenaid mixer which she told me to put on the registry or I would never have done so…I figured that was the shower gift, until she showed up at the shower with even more stuff off my registry.  So i figured the mixer was the wedding gift… but then they gifted us $500 at our wedding.  I was flabbergasted.  And the most sentimental was something that I had come up with, but didn’t expect my friend to be so crafty about it.  I asked several important women to decorate a penny for me to carry it on my bouquet down the aisle.  She decorated 11 pennies, and one for every year that we knew each other and each yr on the penny corresponds to something from that year.  She even siad she had to order collector pennies for a few years!  I was really touched by that one. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We haven’t gotten married yet, but FI’s mom’s friend gifted us a week in her all inclusive vacation house in Florida for part of our honeymoon. The darn thing is over the top expensive. We weren’t expecting that at all so it was really sweet of her to do that. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re not married yet but my parents already gave us their gift which is a house. We were originially planning on moving into my place after the wedding but my parents surprised us with a house. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

FI’s grandparents gave us an envelope at the reception that had a cheque for $5000.  My jaw dropped!!  We were so thankful that we were able to pay off our line of credit and start our marriage free of that debt.

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