(Closed) Parents gift?

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

I don’t think that gifts for the parents are “payment” for what they contribute (or don’t). I feel they are more of a “Thank you for raising me” type thing. I would buy in accordance to that. IOUs for wedding albums or framed pro pics are alway nice.

Post # 4
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5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

IMO, the gifts should reflect your love and appreciation, not how much each parent can afford to spend. Is the groom close to his father? If so, absolutely do a gift. Imagine being at a rehearsal dinner where the bride’s parents and the groom’s mother were honored with gifts, while the groom’s father was snubbed? It would be awful.

As for what to get, it depends on what they like. We bought my mom and stepdad season tickets to a chamber music society, because they love classical music and chamber music in particular. We gave my dad and stepmom donations to each of their favorite charities, since they’re both deeply involved in working with them. We gave my ILs credits toward a cruise, since they love cruising.

You can also do things like a weekend away at a B&B, a really nice bottle of wine or liquor, gift certs to their favorite restaurants, something for their home, etc.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are planning to take both sets of parents out to a really nice dinner at our favorite restaurant after the wedding. It’s the best way to thank them and none of them would want “stuff.” My parents don’t ever go to really nice, over-indulgent restaurants so I’m really excited to do this for them.

Post # 7
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964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our parents are contributing different amounts due to financial reasons and his parents have to travel (not cheap). I think we might give them different gifts based on things they like, but a picture from the wedding as well. Even if his parents aren’t involved, without them there would be no Fiance. So gift them for bringing him into the world. It doesn’t have to be as big (maybe just a gift card to a restaurant), but I think something would be a nice gesture.

Just my opinion…

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