Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2016 - Whitetail Ridge
I’m exactly one month away from the wedding and I’m almost ready… One of the last things I’m trying to figure out is gifts for the parents.
My parents are contributing a significant amount of money towards the wedding. My fiance’s parents ordered the favors and have kind of stayed away from the whole process. (That’s a story for a different post.)
Anyway, what is usually given as a parent gift? I’ve seen picture frames and wine, but none of this really strikes me as something I want to do… Any suggestions?
Post # 2
CEM16: The gifts are not related to how much money they give you for the wedding. If you did that, you are really only giving them a gift with their money.
The gifts to parents are to thank them for raising you and for their support in your life, your relationship and your wedding.
Shop as you would normally shop for your parents and his. What are their interests? hobbies? pastimes? Would they appreciate a getaway at a B&B after the wedding? Would they rather go out to dinner? Or would they prefer something physical to have around their home?
The gift doesn’t have to be related to the wedding at all, nor does it have to be a couple gift. If you know your Dad is dying to have a new fishing reel, a fishing reel it is. If they love wine, tickets to a wine tasting, or a beginning sommelier course.
Post # 3
We gave our parents gift cards to restaurants local to them. Later when our pics came in, we also gave them some framed photos. For my folks: one of my sister, one of me and husband – both to replace our high school portrait – and one of my immediate family – to replace one of those great 80s-90s family portraits. For his folks, one of me and husband and one of husband with all his brothers. Unfortunately our photog didn’t take one of him with his parents, so we couldn’t do that. As with other gifting, our families don’t go over the top.
Post # 4
I had the best gifts for my mom and dad!!
For my mom: I ordered a custom clutch off Etsy made with real freshwater pearls sewn into it. When she opened the bag, the lining was a photo of her and I from when I was a baby. She was sobbing when she opened it! I think they were called “Angee W”
For my dad: I ordered cufflinks off of etsy. They had etched into the cufflinks my handwriting… They said “I love you” and “for always”. The cuff links themseelves werent the best quality (not bad either) but they did a great job with my handwriting!
Post # 5
While gifts are not related to how much the parents do or do not contribute, you only want to “thank” someone who is there for you. That being said, it really isn’t up to the parents of the groom to do much, anyway, their role is really to be supportive by NOT being too involved. Some people have FMILs who seem to work against the whole process so they get them nothing, which makes perfect sense. But if your future ILs have not created drama then sure, get something, they are your future family. To me it is kind of silly but you never know they might expect it.
Post # 6
KHogan: omg! i love that clutch idea! SO using this!
Post # 7
I’m doing pandora bracelets, cosmetic bags with emergency kits, and embroidered handkerchiefs for the moms. My mom will also get a custom clutch. The dads are getting embroidered handkerchiefs as well.
Post # 8
CEM16: We got FI’s parents a gift certificate to a steakhouse and we got my parents a wine of the month club and a cheese of the month club because they love both of those things. I didn’t love the idea of a picture frame either so I’m with you there!
Post # 9
Both dad’s got silver zippos with their names and our wedding date.
Mother-In-Law got a picture frame, something about your baby boy as Darling Husband picked it out.
I got my mom a hankerchief that was emborided (sp) off Etsy. She has the ones from my great grandma so wanted something that would interest her.