Of all the people involved in helping you plan your wedding, your parents are the most important. They have been with you the longest, they have seen you at your best and at your worst.
Yet many times in the hustle and bustle of organizing all of the details, it's easy to take them for granted. On the day that you get married, be sure to show them how much they mean to you with a special memento of the day just for them.
Even though you may have said “thank you for everything,” your gift to them will put action behind your words and make them echo in their mind. Remember that this day is just as special for them as it is for you and your partner; many parents dream and plan for the day their children will marry and a gift from you will make it all the more memorable. And the couples who pay tribute to their parents in a wedding reception toast is the icing on the cake.
One of the nicest ways to show your parents how special they are to you is to have a portrait photograph with each of them and then have it framed with a special message. You can also choose jewelry as your gift and have it engraved with their favorite saying. A locket with a photograph of yourself as a child and one from the day you are married makes a beautiful gift for mothers and for the fathers of you and your partner, you can also have a picture sized to fit inside the cover of a pocket watch.
Besides photography and jewelry, if you want to give your parents an extra-special thank you, gift certificates for spa treatments and vacations are wonderful ways to show appreciation to these two special people in your life. After you have exchanged wedding rings the dance with each of your respective parents is the moment when you realize that you may one day be standing in their shoes. Take this opportunity to tell them how much you appreciate them and treat them the way you would like your son or daughter to treat you on their special day.
After you have had the first dance with your new life partner, this is the perfect time to give your parents their gifts and start your marriage celebrations off on the right foot.