(Closed) Who are the parents' presents from on the wedding day?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How did you split up gift-giving to your parents on your wedding day?

    I gave my parents gifts and he gave his parents gifts

    We gave each of our parents a gift that was from the both of us

    I gave my parents and his parents a gift, and he gave my parents and his parents a gift

  • Post # 2
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    wedbee16:  We gave our gifts from the two of us.

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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    wedbee16:  I can’t vote because I gave the gifts, but only to the mothers. I think for most people it makes sense for them to give s gift to their own set of parents, but I do all of the gift shopping in our relationship (other than for myself), so I didn’t really hide the fact that I had picked the gift for his mom (and I wrote the note even though it was “from” DH).

    Our moms each got a pin/brooch.

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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    wedbee16:  The gifts to my parents were from me (the gifts were very small and a personal note included). We did not gift anything to DH’s parents (no relationship there), but if we had, it would have been signed from my DH and I would have given a separate token to his mom from me.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee

    I’ve been wondering this too!! I see lots of cute stuff on etsy that have a message embroidered/engraved on them, and they seem to be from the persepctive of the child, or the child’s new spouse, and I can’t decide which I like more. 

    We are paying for the whole wedding, so it’s going to be something small like a handkercheif or compact mirror or picture frame (we are treating moms to hair and make-up too). Maybe we can do one from each of us. 

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We did gifts from the both of us, and both of us wrote the message in the cards. 

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I am paying for most of my wedding, and didn’t know I had to give my parents a gift? I am having a non-traditional wedding without groomsmen and bridesmaids.  Learn something new every day! LOL

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    Blushing bee

    I’m not sure what we’re getting his parents, or my mom, but I’ve known for years what I’m getting my dad. A pocket watch with a flock of flying Canadian geese on it.

    Long story short, the day I was born, he was feeling freaked out about being a dad for the first time, went outside for a smoke, and saw a flock of geese flying overhead, and they gave him peace. Now, every time he sees a flock of geese flying, he takes it as a good omen. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sugar bee

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    thepurplegirl:  

    What a beautiful story! I can only imagine your dad’s reaction when he gets his gift!

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee

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    claroquesi:  Yeah knowing him…he’ll cry. I think he may have teared up when I called him and told him we were engaged…can’t tell for sure though because he was also sick! Lol.

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

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    wedbee16:  I’m so glad you asked because I’ve been wondering this same thing. I agree a gift to each parent  from each of us seperately does seem excessive. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one. I wasn’t sure if that was the norm. Though neither of our parents have had kids get married before so I’m not sure they have any expectations anyway.

    I’m actually thinking of doing this… my fiance and I each writing a card to each parent (doesn’t have to be a novel, just something from the heart) and giving it to them the night before. And then we’d gift each set of parents an album once the photos are in. Is that enough since the gift part won’t be until a few months after? 

    I do know they both want albums (The Moms have literally said this several times lol). And the women don’t really need another peice of jewelry or purse. I could see giving my dad a nice bottle of whiskey but he’s got plenty of that too. 

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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    So im thinking of doing what my aprents did when thy got married.  My mom gave a engraved picture frame to his parents saying “thank you for raising the man of my dreams” and my dad gave the same thing (but woman) to her parents.  I love that idea so that probably what we are gonna do! you could play with the wording too.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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