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Expert June 2021

Who do you buy gifts for?

Elizabeth, on April 28, 2021 at 4:26 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 13
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FH and I are getting the wedding party gifts, but I didn't realize some people give gifts to parents as well. Who are you giving gifts to? Parents, grandparents, anyone else outside of WP?

My parents are paying for the wedding, but I don't know if there's an expectation of a gift from me


Latest activity by Melody, on May 3, 2021 at 5:42 PM
  • Hannah
    Rockstar July 2019
    Hannah Online ·
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    Typically, you get gifts for people to thank them for their significant contribution to the wedding, such as the bridal party. If your parents are paying for the wedding, I would consider also giving them some sort of gift to thank them for their generosity.
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  • J
    Expert May 2021
    Jaime ·
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    We are just giving gifts to the bridal party. No parents as they aren't contributing financially or non-financially to the wedding. I thought maybe we would give them a framed photo from the wedding aftewards.

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  • Ava
    Super May 2022
    Ava ·
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    Gifts are traditionally given to those who contribute significantly to your wedding- be it a contribution of finances, time, or support. We will be giving gifts to our wedding party and both sets of parents.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Gifts for attendants only. Parents and other people are not contributing anything toward the wedding.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    We got gifts for our parents, i got gifts for my bro and sister in law also and a friend who helped me do some wedding stuff

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  • AJ
    Devoted October 2022
    AJ ·
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    I am only getting gifts for the wedding party, our guests will be getting favors. Will not be getting gifts for parents/siblings.

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  • Ariel
    Dedicated October 2021
    Ariel ·
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    I’m getting small gifts for the bridal party. We will give our parents a mini photo album after the wedding. I think gift giving can be overdone and isn’t always necessary. Give a gift to thank someone, but I don’t think you have to give a gift just to give one.
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  • Nicole
    Devoted August 2022
    Nicole ·
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    We're not giving any gifts. We don't have a bridal party, we are paying for our wedding ourselves not our parents, and we joke that we're gifting each other Smiley smile
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  • Rosie
    Devoted September 2021
    Rosie ·
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    I am planning on little gifts for the bridal party - the girls are getting a bunch of stuff, some of which is getting ready or 'for the day' stuff and others which is an actual gift. I've also got personalized cards - I have ones for his parents, my parents, his brothers, his sister and my sister. For the respective parents I planned a bottle of sparkling wine/champagne. For the brothers, it's little cocktails in a bottle, and everyone gets a note thanking them for their support and for welcoming me into the family, as well as how much I love their son/brother.

    We also planned on giving the parents photos after the day for the mantlepiece.

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  • Shelly
    Rockstar January 2022
    Shelly ·
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    We're giving gifts to our officiant, who's our close friend that is getting ordained online just for us. The wedding party and parents are getting gifts as well, and we plan on giving one another gifts. We're also giving FMIL's bf a gift since he's paying for our DJ, and we wanted to thank him for his generosity.

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  • Grace
    Expert February 2022
    Grace ·
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    So far our list is really just parents and bridal party:

    My parents (bigger gift since they are paying for and hosting the wedding), My sister (MOH), FH best friends (Best Man and Officiant), FH neice (flower girl), and FH parents.
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  • Kari
    VIP May 2020
    Kari Online ·
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    We had a Covid elopement and are doing our wedding celebration this year.

    I got my MOH a small gift (earrings) when she ordered her dress and had planned to give her something additional at the wedding, but she ended up returning her dress and won't be in our wedding anymore. Husband purchased ties and shirts for the groomsmen's wedding outfits and also purchased gifts for them. We had friends officiate (husband is doing the actual leading of ceremony, wife is our legal JP and did our paperwork) and we are planning to gift them something (not sure what yet).

    We did not do parent gifts at our ceremony but I ordered parent albums for them after we got our photos. Our parents contributed to our wedding. Since we won't have rings to exchange this year I thought about exchanging gifts during our ceremony but not sure about that. Not sure if we will do favors for guests at all.

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  • Melody
    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    We got gifts for our wedding party, including the ring bearers. My parents did contribute financially to our wedding (though we did pay the bulk of it), so we will be getting them a gift that includes a picture from the wedding when we get them from our photographer.

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