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They walk you down the aisle, share in your first dances, and help you prepare for your big day. More than that, they've loved and supported you since day one. So how do you say "thank you" to your parents for all of that, and more?
There aren't really rules for what to give, or even if you have to give a gift to your parents on your wedding day. And here at BRIDES, we happen to think any token of appreciation will do. Check out our favorite ways to say thanks to your parents on your wedding day.
Your wedding video is sure to have captured all of the highlights of your wedding day. The one thing it can't capture, however, is your gratitude for your parents. Surprise your parents by working with your videographer to include a "thank you" message you can secretly step away to record on your big day! When you receive your video, host a big reveal and there won't be a dry eye in the house.
If you're one who treasures experiences and memories over tangible gifts, consider either hosting a family dinner (with all your new registry items, of course!), or treating your parents and new in-laws to a night out. By celebrating after the wedding, you can spend an evening together for the first time as a family. At the meal, don't forget to express your gratitude, love and appreciation for them and the roles they have played not only in your wedding, but in your lives.
Got a green thumb? Consider planting a symbolic tree in both family's backyards that you will be able to watch grow and bloom for years to come. Trees are symbolic of growth, which is what you've done right before their very eyes, and what you and your new husband will continue to do with your family. Seriously, what's better than a thank you gift that will keep on giving and is also good for the environment?
In such a digital world, there's SO much to be said for a heartfelt, handwritten message. Select high quality, special occasion stationery to truly put your feelings into words, and to do so the "old fashioned" way. There are also specialty cards available just for this occasion!
A Sweet Escape
Just like you and your new husband need some R&R (or adventure!) after the big day, your parents would certainly love some too! If you have the means, consider gifting both sets of parents a trip, weekend, or evening away to remember. If your in-laws and parents are super close, you can even organize it to be a joint experience. You can be as extravagant as a European excursion, or as simple as a night away or out on the town — either way your parents will love every minute of it.
Timeless Jewelry & Accessories
Wearable gifts combine style and sentiment. Consider gifting fathers of the bride or groom cufflinks engraved or customized with something to forever remind them of your gratitude for your big day. For mothers of the bride or groom, we love the idea of infinity or heart pendants for both that symbolize not only love, but the joining of two families that occurs when their children have tied the knot. Custom, embroidered handkerchiefs for the wedding day also make sentimental (and useful!) tokens of appreciation.
Pick Up The Slack
With all the craziness of wedding planning, there are bound to be projects or tasks in your parents' lives that they have had to "let go" to be there for you through the planning journey. As a way to say thank you, tackle the project for them. Whether it's a weeded garden, an unorganized attic, a car wash, trip to the salon, etc. — this is a simple and relatively easy way to show them just how much you appreciate their time and effort.
Who says you have to give your parents their thank-you gift on your big day? Why not wait a bit until you receive your professional photos (after all, you've certainly paid enough for them!) Speak with your photographer beforehand about parent and family portraits that are MUSTS. Once you receive them, have them printed in high quality and framed especially for your parents. After all, if a photo is worth 1,000 words, wedding photos must be worth at least 2,000. Right?