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2013-07-17 9:09 AM

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Subject: Wedding Gifts for parents?
I am getting married in six weeks and I need to get a gift for my mom and dad. They are divorced and I can't really think of anything to buy them as a gift. I guess my brain is just fried from all the planning and other stuff going on I don't know what to get them. Can BT offer any advice or suggestions??


2013-07-17 9:57 AM
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we just had frames engraved and then had prints made of us with our respective parents at the wedding.  his parents and my mom loved it.
2013-07-17 11:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
We got the fam new digital cameras to take a bunch of pictures during the wedding. My mother and father are divorced as well, so we go them each one. That was 4 years ago (from tomorrow) and they both still use them pretty regularly. I've also seen nice frames for wedding pictures. Anything to do with the wedding itself is usually a good idea as most parents love seeing those pictures frequently.
2013-07-17 12:16 PM
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My daughter gave me a really nice hard back coffee table style book of their wedding photos. I thought that was a great gift.
Plus, she had a surprise for me during the father/daughter dance; we danced to My Girl because I used to sing that to her. She had secretly arranged with the DJ to play Sedated by The Ramones right after. I love The Ramones, saw them at least a dozen time in the 70's and 80's. We were hugging and getting weepy and everyone was clapping when the first few cords of Sedated came on and I went wild on the dance floor. It was a bit of a spectacle.
2013-07-17 12:40 PM
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Gave them a card the night before the wedding saying we'd gift them a copy of a wedding album when it was ready. Made them for a good price at Blurb.com.

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2013-07-19 5:55 PM
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I got my parents a pretty hefty gift card to a nice restaurant and a photo album for them to later put wedding photos in. My husband got his mom a gift card to a department store for a mini-shopping spree, we got his dad a nice anthology/book of sheet music (he's a guitar player) and his stepmom a gift card to her favorite restaurant.


2013-07-20 10:01 AM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?

Originally posted by dmbfan4life20 I am getting married in six weeks and I need to get a gift for my mom and dad. They are divorced and I can't really think of anything to buy them as a gift. I guess my brain is just fried from all the planning and other stuff going on I don't know what to get them. Can BT offer any advice or suggestions??

You are getting married - why do you need to buy gifts for your parents?   Is this like the loot bag kids get when they go to a birthday party?   I just don't understand the need for you to buy gifts for the parents.

2013-07-20 10:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
Originally posted by cathyd

Originally posted by dmbfan4life20 I am getting married in six weeks and I need to get a gift for my mom and dad. They are divorced and I can't really think of anything to buy them as a gift. I guess my brain is just fried from all the planning and other stuff going on I don't know what to get them. Can BT offer any advice or suggestions??

You are getting married - why do you need to buy gifts for your parents?   Is this like the loot bag kids get when they go to a birthday party?   I just don't understand the need for you to buy gifts for the parents.

I had not heard of this either.  How widely traditional is it to do this?  My daughter is getting married next month and I'll need to let her know.



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2013-07-21 10:11 AM
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Thanks for all the replies everyone.. I was able to find my parents both really nice gifts that I know they will appreciate.

Pops & Cathy- Not sure how "traditional" it is but everyone I know who has ever gotten married has given their parents a gift. Kind of a way to say thank you for raising us, providing for us over the years and of course, paying for the wedding.
2013-07-22 12:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
Originally posted by cathyd

Originally posted by dmbfan4life20 I am getting married in six weeks and I need to get a gift for my mom and dad. They are divorced and I can't really think of anything to buy them as a gift. I guess my brain is just fried from all the planning and other stuff going on I don't know what to get them. Can BT offer any advice or suggestions??

You are getting married - why do you need to buy gifts for your parents?   Is this like the loot bag kids get when they go to a birthday party?   I just don't understand the need for you to buy gifts for the parents.




I was thinking the same thing!

I completely understand if the parents have helped out with the planning, organizing, and paying for it. Absolutely a gift should be given in that case.

For my wedding we paid for all it, planned it, and they showed up. Shoot, we even paid for 5 family members to come to the wedding (it was in Cozumel, Mexico and we paid for their all inclusive vacation with airfare). We also paid for the dinner after the wedding. I did give them some framed photos later on, but I didn't see the need to give them gifts for being at my wedding.

2013-07-22 12:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
Originally posted by dmbfan4life20

Thanks for all the replies everyone.. I was able to find my parents both really nice gifts that I know they will appreciate.

Pops & Cathy- Not sure how "traditional" it is but everyone I know who has ever gotten married has given their parents a gift. Kind of a way to say thank you for raising us, providing for us over the years and of course, paying for the wedding.


That's the key here I do believe.



2013-07-22 5:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
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Originally posted by cathyd

I had not heard of this either.  How widely traditional is it to do this?  My daughter is getting married next month and I'll need to let her know.

I had not heard of this either. When I opened the thread I thought it was a question of what do you get your parent who is getting married.

2013-07-22 5:16 PM
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Originally posted by jeng
Originally posted by popsracer
Originally posted by cathyd

I had not heard of this either.  How widely traditional is it to do this?  My daughter is getting married next month and I'll need to let her know.

I had not heard of this either. When I opened the thread I thought it was a question of what do you get your parent who is getting married.



Wow, thanks! I had no idea either. I thought I was the only one confused. It seriously seems...excessive? I get giving them pictures from the wedding, but making it as formal as a "gift" presentation seems odd to me.

My mom sent me a thank-you card for eloping. We don't follow traditional gift obligation rules, I guess.
2013-07-22 6:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
Originally posted by cathyd

Originally posted by dmbfan4life20 I am getting married in six weeks and I need to get a gift for my mom and dad. They are divorced and I can't really think of anything to buy them as a gift. I guess my brain is just fried from all the planning and other stuff going on I don't know what to get them. Can BT offer any advice or suggestions??

You are getting married - why do you need to buy gifts for your parents?   Is this like the loot bag kids get when they go to a birthday party?   I just don't understand the need for you to buy gifts for the parents.


Thank you I thought I was the only one wondering this.
2013-07-23 10:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?
It's an nice way to say thank you for their support and guidance in life or perhaps for their financial contribution to your wedding. They are still together- almost 40 years, but wanted to thank them separately.

I got my dad a frame with a quote and my favorite childhood photo with him from this shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/DellaLucilleDesigns?section_id=11721655

I got my mom a pin from a local jewelery shop that symbolizes the mother daughter relationship in a way that has meaning for us. http://www.lovelldesigns.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&fl...

Neither were terribly expensive, but were an expression of my love for them on an important day for me. Some folks write meaningful letters in lieu of gifts to each parent which can also be a nice token of expressing thanks.


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2013-07-23 10:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Wedding Gifts for parents?

It's traditional etiquette, for reasons others have stated. Google anything to do with wedding gift-giving etiquette and you'll find the standard list of the couple giving gifts to the bridesmaids, groomsman, ushers, parents, flower girl/ring bearer, others who played a special role, and each other.

And, obviously, not everyone has to go the traditional route.



2013-07-23 2:02 PM
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  • Kind of a way to say thank you for raising us, providing for us over the years

  • Moving out and being self supportive will cover that in spades
    2013-07-23 2:53 PM
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    Huh, new to me too.

    We gave our parents each a framed wedding photo. Not because I thought I needed to give them "something" but because I wanted them to each have one and it seemed nice to put it in a frame. 

    I do think parents also deserve a thank you note, just as anyone who has contributed to the wedding. 

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