It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this question from bride-to-be, Lana, who asks, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning my wedding and my parents have been so helpful, especially my mom. She has been helping with every DIY detail, even taking some of the bigger projects (my centerpieces) to eliminate my stress. I want to thank my parents for all they’ve done for our wedding; any advice?” Fantastic question! You can never thank your parents enough for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you, and your wedding is no exception. Whether they are contributing their time, money, support, or they’re just being totally awesome per usual, it’s important to thank your parents at your wedding. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites ways to thank your parents at your wedding PLUS we’re giving away one of our favorite finds by Paper Street Press!
P.S. This is a must-have photo! Pin this for later! (Hover mouse over photo and click ‘pin it’.)
Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding
1. Present Them with a Heartfelt Art Print
Give them a personalized gift at the wedding, like this custom thank you art print by Paper Street Press.
It will be a memorable gift they’ll display at home and cherish for years to come.
2. Include a Note in the Ceremony Program
If you’re having a ceremony program, include a note inside it thanking your parents for their love and support.
3. Recreate One of Their Wedding Photos
Flip through their wedding photos and ask them about their day. Find a photo that includes your parents and your grandparents from their wedding; have it recreated at your own wedding.
4. Include a Thank You in your Menu
Include a note in your menu at your reception showing your gratitude.
5. Handwritten Thanks
Present your parents with a card or letter as a thank you. For a card, write a few lines inside with specifics of why you’d like to say thanks at your wedding. If you’d like to include a longer letter, consider something along the lines of “remember when” where you write things you’re thankful for, whether before or during the wedding planning process.
6. Thank You Gifts
Present your parents with gifts of thanks. A few examples include jewelry…
… these mugs…
… or a handkerchief.
7. Enjoy the Day
And, last but not least, enjoy your wedding day. Your parents want you to be happy and savor every moment of your wedding day. You (and presumably they) have put lots of time and energy into this day, so make sure you show your appreciation by enjoying it. Practice these wedding acts of kindness and be gracious to all who help you make your day wonderful. Oh, and it goes without saying: never be a bridezilla. It doesn’t look good on anyone. And, be sure to say thank you during the planning process.
P.S. I love this cute photo of the bride’s parents!
Giveaway: Thank You Print for Parents
Now that you have some ideas on how to thank parents at your wedding, it’s time to win a lovely gift! We’ve teamed up with Paper Street Press to offer a custom art print to one lucky reader (as seen below and above in #1).
About the Prize
Kleenex not included! Bring your mama to tears with these personalized, sentimental wedding-day gifts. You will receive a unique pair of fully-customized 8″ x 10″ prints; one for each set of parents. Additional prints are available for just $10 each.
o Enter between 5/15/14-5/21/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Personalized Pair of Parents Thank You Prints
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/22; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to U.S. and Canada
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $40 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter