Post # 1
Fiance and I are only 32 days away from the big day!! SQUEEE!!!
However, are present our parents as gifts at the rehearsal dinner. While Fiance and I are basically paying for the wedding ourselves, our parents have been extra awesome. FI’s folks have totally taken care of our Rehearsal Dinner for us and my parents have purchased my dress, flowers, hair, you know all the girly stuff.
We want to let them know how much all they’ve done means to us.
What did you all do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
We are getting albums made for each set of parents. I would also like to treat them to a nice dinner out after the wedding.
Post # 4
I gave them the honor of being my parents. haha. Actually, we got my Dad some nice scotch because he dj’d our wedding. As for Father-In-Law, well, my husband got laid off less than two weeks before the wedding, so we didn’t get him anything yet… My mom, I bought her wedding outfit, which everyone loved. Mother-In-Law, well, we haven’t gotten anything yet. So yes, we kind of suck.
Post # 5
For our moms, we’re giving them spa gift certificates. Not sure how much yet, but we wanted to give them something special and relaxing. For our dad’s I’m not sure what we’re doing yet. I know we’re getting them a nice tie to wear the day of, but not sure what else
Post # 6
I think we’ll do some kind of albums for our parents…
Post # 7
I got my our moms their wedding day jewelry. My mom’s is really shiny and blinged out, of course . I got his mom a pearl necklace anc bracelet. He got his dad the tie to wear for the wedding. My dad gets nothing!! LOL
Post # 8
We got our Dad’s their ties to wear on the big day, but nothing in particular for our Mom’s (although the spa certificate idea sounds nice). Were also thinking of getting our parents a nice album of all the pictures. So – what do you present them at the rehearsal dinner??? (since obviously the Wedding pictures won’t come for a while). I don’t want them to feel left out. Should we just give a card with a note to say “Wedding Album to follow…” or something? Or should we get something small/tangible to give at the Rehearsal dinner???
Post # 9
We are getting each Dad a flowering tree and each Mom a three stone drop necklace to symbolize groom fam, bride fam, and the new fam that is being made on our wedding day. Then we will give them albums for Christmas.
Post # 10
We were planning on doing albums for Christmas, so that idea was out. Then we thought we would cater to each person’s personality, but that only worked for a few, then we decided on something simple, affordable & meaningful.
One of our favorite wines is “Root 1” wine. The bottle has a lot of text and a tree with long root thru the text. So we started there, getting each person a bottle. We then got two hand painted wine glasses for each person (pair). We got really nice, almost “hat boxes” to put the gift in. Then we wrote an incredibly meaningful letter and relating it back to the wine in three ways. One, that we wanted to share something we love with them, Two that this sort of represented the uniting of two family trees, making them all the roots of our family tree, and Three talking about the tree of life.
Everyone loved it.. my mom cried, my husbands parents called us when they were about to open the bottle and enjoy it and my dad called me after the bottle was empty, saying he love it. For each of them to comment on it, to me, meant that they all felt it was special.
Post # 11
@Ella wow, how incredible thoughtful and meaningful!
I’d like to do something along those lines for our folks, maybe a collection of photos of us throughout our lives or something in addition to our wedding photos.
Typically, yes, they are presented to family members at the Rehearsal Dinner. This is going to take some thought and consideration but all of your ideas have been inspirational.
Keep em comin!
Post # 12
My fiance and I each made them a love seat made out of tree branches… it’s a course we took together and had a lot of fun. We don’t have any pictures though… Will have to get one!
Post # 13
We are just our parents a card, and writing them letters, to give to them at rehearsal, however, next Wed we are treating both sets of parents to dinner w/ us. Both sets helped us with the wedding, was to hard to try and figure something out for FI’s parents, so we thought the nice dinner of just us 6 would be great, then get to spend some quality time w/ them before all the madness of rehearsal and wedding day.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
We just figured this out. We wanted to do somethign special for the moms, since they were so helpful and threw us two beautiful showers. So we got each of them a bracelet. Both of our dads are unmaterialistic, so we got my dad a gift card to a place in New Husband and a promise to climb mt washington with him next year (he really wants to do this with us again), and for Mr. S’s dad, we got him and Mr. S tickets to a hockey game for their favorite team.
We considered doing notes sayign we’re getting them parent albums, but I think we’re going to do that as their christmas gifts, since we’ll get the photos in around then.
Post # 15
We did albums of our engagement pics for the parents, and made “mother of the” and “father of the” tshirts!
Post # 16
We framed an 8×10 engagement photo of the two of us for each set of parents (both Fiance and my parents are divorced and remarried.) Like others have mentioned, we’ll be giving them all albums for Christmas gifts.