You love your parents. We love your parents. If your parents raised you and are still sticking by your side to this day, they probably played a fairly significant role in shaping you into the person you are today which is, apparently, marriage material.
In all the madness that is the planning, preparation and excitement leading up to your wedding day, it is a sweet though often unexpected gesture to give your parents (and your spouse-to-be’s) a gift to truly thank them for everything they’ve done for you. The problem is, how do you gift something that walks the line between sweet and meaningful without teetering into clichés-ville?
We’ve got a few ideas to jumpstart your brainstorming.
Ask Your Photographer to Help
First looks are becoming increasingly popular among couples planning a wedding. They’re a sweet way to share a private and completely photographable moment with someone you love. You can obviously do this with your fiancée but you can also plan one with one or both of your parents. Talk to your photographer so they can snap away as your parent(s) sees you dressed to the nines, about to walk down the aisle toward your true love.
Equally sweet and quite sneaky is having your photographer take some Secret Squirrel photos expressing your love and undying adoration for your folks. Have them printed on canvas or framed and they’ll make the perfect reminder that they’re not losing you as a son or daughter. Being so close to a myriad of beautiful beaches has its perks as you can use sand to write a heartfelt message.
If words aren’t your thing, you can have pictures taken of you holding their wedding pictures. Be careful to not replicate it for more than five generations or you’ll experience photo inception…or the pictures will just be too tiny.
One of the best ways to show your parents that you value them and all they have to say is to simply ask them to write down their marriage advice. If you ask them early enough, you can frame and display it at your wedding reception. Get the Kleenex ready for that one.
If you’re one of those true, blue daddy’s girl brides, we’ve got one for that too. Does your dad wear shirts? Probably, unless he’s this guy. Does he have an old blue one? Why not take a patch from that and sew it to the inside of the skirt of your wedding gown? You can even embroider a message, a date or your maiden name initials into it, as well.
Raise a Toast or Pretty Up Your Posies
For something a little on the lighter side, you can create custom cocktails with complementary coasters or napkins to honor your parents at your wedding. Pick their favorite drink and put a twist on it, served on a collectible coaster featuring their wedding picture, a favorite quote or an anniversary candid.
Equally fun and creative, you can use your bouquet to pay tribute to your parents’ wedding. If you have access to your mom’s wedding dress or veil, you can use a bit of material to wrap your flowers and boutonniere. It’s romantic and classy and you can’t go wrong with a vintage touch.
Whatever you pick, your parents will love whatever you do just as much as they love you for who you are. And while we’re positive seeing you happily wed to the person picked perfectly for you is enough, they’ll never not graciously accept a gift from your heart…or Etsy.