Many couples choose to give gifts to their wedding party and parents at the rehearsal dinner. These gifts are tokens of thanks: for their support, for their love, for their presence on that day. Mr. Mole and I have decided to do the same at our “rehearsal” dinner.
Despite the fact that we don’t actually have a wedding party, we are going to be giving gifts to our closest friends and our siblings, who—had we planned a different kind of wedding—would otherwise be standing up for us. These loved ones are internet-savvy enough where they could stumble upon this post and ruin the surprise, so I am going to hold off on the reveal of these gifts until after our wedding. (Soon, I promise!)
Our parents, on the other hand, are not as…let’s say, adept with the internet. My mother, bless her, spends most of her time online sending me chain e-mails with blinkies and pictures of puppies and commenting on my Facebook statuses via her own wall. As such, I have no worry about talking about their presents here in advance.
Mr. Mole and I decided to take the easy way out with our gifts to our parents.
We will be giving them a framed 8×10″ photo from the wedding, as well as a small Blurb photobook filled with pictures from the ceremony and reception. Clearly, though, this can’t be a gift that we give them at the rehearsal dinner. So we are going to give them a smaller gift, which alludes to the bigger gift, that night.
Armed with a computer and printer, an inexpensive ($1.99!) black frame from IKEA, and a camera on a tripod, we put together this gift yesterday.
We are highly photogenic people
We are going to be putting the second photo in a nice silver frame that we scored during a pre-Christmas from Crate and Barrel. We are amused by the contrast between the sophisticated frame and the goofy photo. Anyway, our parents will be able to replace the original photo within a month or two.
Juliette Frame (no longer available online) / Image via Crate and Barrel
Are you going to be giving your wedding party and parents gifts? If so, what will you be giving them?