By Char A.
If the bride's parents host an expensive wedding, are they expected to give a gift?
My mom and hubby's mom got together and made us family photo albums. They put in a ton of work, wrote in names and dates, and even gave us some enlargements for putting in frames around the house. Then they gave us cash to spend how we wanted. It was a truly thoughtful gift. Most young couples don't even have photos of themselves as children, let alone complete family albums! I'm sure this was not a cheap gift as they had to make copies of a lot of the pics and they didn't skimp on quality but we really appreciate it.
I guess it mostly depends on what you have to spend on a gift. If you are not paying for the wedding, you might want to buy them the photographs from the wedding. Or rent them a limo.
Or rent them a nice room and pay for room service for them.
If you are looking for something less expensive, maybe make them a lovely scrapbook with pics and napkins and invitations and such from the wedding. Or an engraved picture frame. I got a beautiful crystal frame with wedding bells on it that I still treasure.
Various gift certificates to local restaraunts as being
newlyweds getting dinner might be hard after working
out all day. They could unwind at dinner. And include
pizza takeout certificates so they can pick up on the way home just a suggestion.
why not sponsor a needy child or children in his name as a token of appreciation for the greatest present that God has given you, a healthy son who is getting married. How about an honest hand written letter describing to him your feelings from the day he was born till todate ??? I think that when you are given a blessing, you should return one during your most cherished occasions.
It depends entirely on what you can afford, and what you think they would love, or really like to have, and don't be embarrased if you can't afford a lot. My friend and her husband gave their son and new d-in-law $2000 as a wedding gift. Being in different circumstances.+ single I gave MY son and new bride a lovely rocking chair, for which I paid $100. They love it.
In all seriousness, I would ask.
There may be something they have been stressing about paying for, for the wedding, for the honeymoon, etc.
It would be a blessing to give them something they very much need at such a great time.
My parents did so and since we had a travel registry, my parents bought several nights of hotel rooms for us that we were *really* stressing about paying for.
Plus, they included an upgraded breakfast (very important in Europe as we found out) which was just awesome! It made our honeymoon much more enjoyable.
It was a 2nd marriage for both my husband and me so we didn't have a wedding. We did get a few gifts tho but I thought the money my parents gave us was really nice. We too used it towards our honeymoon.
It really depends on what you want to spend. A set of dishes or silverware would be good if they don't already have, or a nice set of pots and pans.
I like the idea of a wedding sampler if you're able to stitch one....or have their wedding invitation specially framed.
Well, I guess it would depend on what you want to spend. Some parents feel that whatever their contributution to the wedding costs was actually their gift. You could also buy them luggage for their honeymoon if they dont already have some or pay for some part of their honeymoon. If you do counted cross stitch or can pay someone who does, there are many, many BEAUTIFUL wedding sampler patterns out there that would include their names and the date as a great remembrance. The gift would really depend on their and your circumstances but I'm sure that whatever you decide on will be appreciated since it comes from you. Good Luck!
When I married my husband his mother gave up $300 in cash for our honeymoon spending money. We have NO money so this was the best thing we could have gotten! Our honeymoon was paid for but we didn't have any extra money so her gift was really appreciated because we got to have some extra fun with her spending money!!
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