Weekends are for Weddings: Gifts for the Parents

Weekends are for weddings!  If you’re like me, with 9 weddings each year, the weekends are, quite literally, for weddings (attending them, that is).  Also if you’re like me, the weekend is a time to think about planning your own wedding.  Lots of people carve out a certain time each week for  to wedding planning (Wedding Wednesday seems to be very popular).  It ensures the wedding doesn’t take over their whole lives; however, I find that confining wedding planning to a specific time is too pressure-filled and bicker-prone.   I plan my wedding when inspiration strikes.  Weekends, in particular, offer the time to let my mind roam and plan my own wedding in a stress-free environment.  In this series, I’ll take you through some of my major planning steps – hopefully this will help you plan your own wedding!

Everyone thinks about bridesmaid and groomsman gifts, but people rarely talk about gifting for the parents.  These are the people who doted on you, wiped your booty, and paid for everything (often wedding included) – they deserve a little something, too!

My Mom, in her robe…which was supposed to be blue, not purple, but oh wellllllll.  Photo: The Happy Bloom

For the moms, I think jewelry is a great go-to.  I was inspired by my brother and sister-in-law who gave my Mom a charm bracelet with a single charm engraved with the wedding date.  They hinted that she would get another charm when they decided to expand their family.  I couldn’t very well repeat what they did, but I liked the idea of a special piece of jewelry that specifically notes this important day in all our lives.  I found these nameplate necklaces that I had engraved with the date of the wedding in Roman numerals.  It’s something dainty so it doesn’t have to be locked away for formal events.  I took advantage of the Cyber Monday deals to get the necklaces at a great price.  Since a necklace just didn’t seem like enough, I decided to also give the Moms robes they could wear while we all got ready on the big day.  I chose a color that would coordinate with the pajamas I had gifted my bridesmaids.  Hopefully this made them feel more involved in the whole wedding party process while still standing out from the girls.  (Well, it was supposed to coordinate…I guess I accidentally ordered the wrong pattern.  Oops.)

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Our moms have different styles so I chose different metals and chain lengths, based on which I thought they would actually prefer/wear

For my father, Albert found a nice canvas garment bag from the same company that did his groomsmen gifts.  This was a nice gift for two reasons: 1) we were able to say he could use it for the brand new suit he bought for the wedding and 2) it replaced the garment bags he had been using (which were actually mine that I reclaimed a few months ago).


My father in law with his tie, pocket square, and tie clip.  Photo: The Happy Bloom

For Albert’s father we got a nice tie that he could wear the day of the wedding.  He had bought a new suit for the occasion but a tie was something that would make him look extra spiffy and something that he wouldn’t necessarily buy himself.

We also gave both Dads engraved tie clips with the wedding date in roman numerals to match the Moms’ necklaces.  It was nice (but not necessary) to have everything tie together.  The items were so small that nobody else would be able to figure out things coordinated, but we would know and our parents would know we saw them as truly woven into the whole wedding.