Both Tyler and I felt so fortunate to have such generous parents when it came to our wedding. My parents gifted us our entire wedding (mind you – after giving us a very sizable budget a couple months after we got engaged and then nearly doubled that because they wanted to ensure that we got a perfect day and didn’t have to worry about a single thing). Tyler’s Dad and his new wife gave us an absolutely incredible and extravagant honeymoon to Antigua. And finally, Tyler’s Mom gave us the perfectly intimidate (with just our family and wedding party – just like T and I wanted) Rehearsal Dinner.
Tyler and I wanted to get each of our parents something small to show our appreciation for each of their generous gifts and for their support and love.
Thanks to Pinterest, we learned that “new” wedding gift for parents seems to be handkerchiefs. I immediately fell in love with the sweet idea – and Tyler had to wrap his head around “who uses handkerchiefs anymore?!” Ha!
I absolutely LOVED the Etsy seller/shop that I worked with on these handkerchiefs. She was so easy to work with and communicate with and her work turned out fabulous! AND the shipment came a few days earlier than expected! I worked with CCBGKNIKOLICH on Etsy.com and would definitely recommend this vendor to other brides.
I used the same wording for both of Tyler’s parents – “Thank you for raising your son to be the man of my dreams.”
For my Mom’s handkerchief, I wrote “Today a bride, tomorrow a wife, forever your little girl. Thank you for teaching me what a marriage should be like. I love you with my whole heart for my whole life.”
For my Dad’s handkercheif, I wrote “Out of all the walks we’ve taken together, this one is by far my favorite. I love you with my whole heart for my whole life.”
We gave each of our parents their handkerchief gifts at our rehearsal dinner (along with a note expressing our gratitude) and the gifts seemed to be well received! I mean, my Mom cried (but that’s nothing unusual – HA!), so I think they liked them.
Since my parents had done so much for Tyler and I throughout our engagement and wedding planning process, we wanted to give them something “extra” to express how much we appreciated everything they had done for us. Planning a wedding is not just a financial burden on the parents of the bride, it’s also an emotional roller coaster and a very time consuming process. My parents were nothing but supportive in every decision that Tyler and I made together and thrilled to be bringing Tyler into the family.
We decided to give these “extra” gifts to them in private with just my immediate family present. Neither of my parents like to be the center of attention and they definitely didn’t do everything that they did to be recognized by anyone (not even Tyler and I). They were both very humble in their generosity and Tyler and I wanted to respect that when giving them their gifts.
We got my Mom a solitaire pearl necklace:
And we got my Dad a Citizen watch: