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#1 Janet

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    Posted 27 October 2006 - 04:57 PM

    I've finished buying gifts for all the wedding party, but I'm stumped about what to buy our parents (both mine and his) to say thank you. How do you thank someone for something SO HUGE? How do you thank people who already have most every material possesion they want? (at least that I can afford!)

    Here are some ideas:
    • embroidered keepsake handkerchief (for the moms)
    • weekend at a B&B (not too $$ but still somewhere nice)
    • ?? (Can you tell I am stumped?)

    We plan to make nice photobooks but those will be Christmas gifts. Do you have any ideas for nice but affordable and/or meaningful gifts that we can give them at or right after the wedding? What are you all doing?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Posted 27 October 2006 - 06:08 PM

    we did photobooks because we got married in march. wish i could be more helpful...my parents do not want anything because they already have so much...they just prefer to do stuff with us...so what about having them over for dinner to watch the wedding vid, then have a copy for them.

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    #3 TammyB

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      Posted 27 October 2006 - 06:15 PM

      I already purchased a poem hanky for Cain's Ma (something to wipe her tears away poem) as well as a really nice frame so that she can put a picture of us from the wedding. I still may get her one more,, I'm thinking about getting her a really pretty Either Mexican plate or fan. THat's pretty much all I have right now.

      #4 NATASHA

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        Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:01 PM

        Hi Janet - we've been struggling with the same thing. Although not finalized, we are leaning to "time."

        We're planning on giving our parents a weekend away with us. We live away from our family and we really don't see them often.

        For our moms - they're just starting to get to know each other, so we're planning on flying up to Napa and paying for their transportation, hotel, and one of the dinners. That way we can all get to know each other while enjoying wine and spa time.

        For my dad (who is recently retired and is loving learning how to cook from my FI which is a shocker given that he always hated the idea of cooking) we're thinking of flying him in for the weekend when we go to Oaxaca later next year for a cooking school weekend.

        It's sentimental.

        In 2004, both of my parents retired and I took both of them (individually) to Costa Rica. They still say that it was the best vacation of their lives. It meant so much to my mom that she and I went horseback riding, hiking, spelunking and the canopy jungle tour while she was still young enough to "keep up." (HA!).

        Anyway - this is on our "to finalize this weekend" list!
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        #5 JPMO

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          Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:10 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by JANET1111
          I've finished buying gifts for all the wedding party, but I'm stumped about what to buy our parents (both mine and his) to say thank you. How do you thank someone for something SO HUGE? How do you thank people who already have most every material possesion they want? (at least that I can afford!)

          Here are some ideas:
          • embroidered keepsake handkerchief (for the moms)
          • weekend at a B&B (not too $$ but still somewhere nice)
          • ?? (Can you tell I am stumped?)

          We plan to make nice photobooks but those will be Christmas gifts. Do you have any ideas for nice but affordable and/or meaningful gifts that we can give them at or right after the wedding? What are you all doing?

          Thanks in advance!
          Here's just a few ideas that we are thinking about for our parents. F.Y.I we budgeted $500 for parent gifts (3 people):

          1. Pendants for the moms (2) /pearl or gemstone to match there dresses
          2. Titanium and rubber bracelet or Tiffany cufflinks for dad (1)
          3. Dinner at Palmilla's restaurant (Charlie Trotter's?) it's suposedly highend
          4. Pay for father's attire

          Janet I really like the idea of a bed and breakfast. What's your budget? When I was thinking about gifts I realized it was easier to think of individual gifts than couple gifts.
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          #6 JPMO

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            Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:11 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by NATASHA
            Hi Janet - we've been struggling with the same thing. Although not finalized, we are leaning to "time."

            We're planning on giving our parents a weekend away with us. We live away from our family and we really don't see them often.

            For our moms - they're just starting to get to know each other, so we're planning on flying up to Napa and paying for their transportation, hotel, and one of the dinners. That way we can all get to know each other while enjoying wine and spa time.

            For my dad (who is recently retired and is loving learning how to cook from my FI which is a shocker given that he always hated the idea of cooking) we're thinking of flying him in for the weekend when we go to Oaxaca later next year for a cooking school weekend.

            It's sentimental.

            In 2004, both of my parents retired and I took both of them (individually) to Costa Rica. They still say that it was the best vacation of their lives. It meant so much to my mom that she and I went horseback riding, hiking, spelunking and the canopy jungle tour while she was still young enough to "keep up." (HA!).

            Anyway - this is on our "to finalize this weekend" list!
            Natasha your plans sound delightful!!!
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            #7 NATASHA

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              Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:31 PM

              Thank you. As we get closer to the event, the notion of family is becoming more prominent. I like the idea of my FI and I becoming more integrated with one another's families. This seems like a great way to spend time with them and honor them.
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                Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:53 PM

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                Thank you. As we get closer to the event, the notion of family is becoming more prominent. I like the idea of my FI and I becoming more integrated with one another's families. This seems like a great way to spend time with them and honor them.
                I love it Natasha! This is truely a component of a great marriage that you are working on here. It's not the tangibles that matter, especially to family. It's the moments and memories spent together, the strengthening of relationships, the forming of new relationships amongst the families. BEAUTIFUL! Way to remember what's important.

                #9 JPMO

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                  Posted 27 October 2006 - 08:00 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by A10CALGAL
                  I love it Natasha! This is truely a component of a great marriage that you are working on here. It's not the tangibles that matter, especially to family. It's the moments and memories spent together, the strengthening of relationships, the forming of new relationships amongst the families. BEAUTIFUL! Way to remember what's important.
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                  #10 NATASHA

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                    Posted 27 October 2006 - 08:18 PM

                    Thanks Christa. I'm tearing up.
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