We love time-honored wedding traditions, and giving gifts to your parents on your wedding day is one of them. Whether it's a sweet memento, a frame, or a more substantial gift to thank them for their contribution, they've done so much to get you this far, so it's important to honor them in some way! But, with a tight timeline on the wedding day and the very real chance that you'll have Bride Brain and totally forget, it's hard to find just the right time to give them their gifts. Thankfully, our experts have a few ideas on how to time the gifting so you can enjoy that moment together.
Many couples choose to give their parents gifts during the rehearsal dinner, and with good reason. You're with a smaller group, so you can focus a little more on one another, and your parents will be heading back to their room shortly thereafter, so they can make sure their gifts make it back safely. If you're also planning to give gifts to your bridesmaids and groomsmen at this time, bring the gifts for your parents along and present them all at once.
Did you pick out something special for each of your parents? You could also choose to present these gifts the morning of your wedding. Give Mom her gift before she's gotten her makeup done (to avoid runny mascara!) — you'll be able to step away for a few moments before the madness begins if you time it to take place during everyone's beauty appointments. Doing a first look with Dad? Bring your gift for him along so the two of you can have a little time in private. This can, however, be a little bit of a challenge for the groom, especially if his mom is getting ready with you and your bridesmaids. He may opt to give the gifts the day before, or bring them with him to family photos. Just make sure someone knows that their gifts need to be sent back to his parents' room so they don't get lost!
Caught up in the whirlwind? Don't worry about it. Similar to the rehearsal dinner plan, you could also choose to wait and distribute presents at the morning-after brunch. A smaller crowd and a more relaxed atmosphere make this a great time to pull your parents aside. Remind them to leave a little extra room in their suitcases!