GIVE THANKS: WAYS TO THANK THOSE THAT HELPED WITH YOUR WEDDING
With all the minor details and major expenses that go into planning a wedding, it often requires more attention than two people are capable of. Although asking for help may not always be easy, it can be the major difference between months of constant stress, and sincere enjoyment of the process. So, after asking and receiving help from those closest to you, often times with a heavy focus on our parents, how do we thank them for their generosity?
The days of putting pen to paper appears to be a thing of the past, but that is exactly why handwritten notes have become so meaningful. Taking the time to sit down and write a note, expresses a level of sincerity and appreciation that emails, text messages and other online formats don’t seem to have.
Plus, by conducting the planning that goes into these letters, allows you the time to reflect on why you’re grateful and the memories that you’ll cherish from your wedding. That being said, prepare yourself for a few tears!
Wedding Photo Book
Often times, our parents are the largest contributors to our special day; financially or through their support. So, although your wedding day holds such a special place in your heart, that day holsters such incredible love within your parents’ as well.
Alongside the significance of their child beginning a new chapter in life, your wedding day signified the union of your two families. It was the day your parents welcomed a new son/daughter into their lives as well as a number of in-laws. These memories are ones they’ll be excited to share, which would be made possible through a photo book! Instead of mirroring the photo book you may have chosen for yourself, try choosing pictures that capture moments your parents would especially enjoy. Is there an amazing photo of the daddy-daughter dance? Is there a specific part of the wedding your parents helped plan that turned out incredible?
Creating something that they can constantly reflect back on, is one of the greatest ‘Thank You’s’ they could receive.
Host a Homemade Dinner
With the busyness of life, time to sit down for home cooked meals seems to be slim. Therefore, we recommend using any excuse to get your loved ones together! If there are a group of people you’d like to thank for their time and support during your wedding planning process, host them in your home for a homemade dinner. This, paired with the reveal of your wedding photos, handwritten cards or a heartfelt toast could be the ‘Thank You’ they never knew they needed.
Fund a Spa Day or a Night Out
As you are well aware, weddings are completely exhausting. Once it’s over, you want nothing more than to take a deep breath, sit back, and relax. Luckily for you, that is usually in the form of a honeymoon. But, some of those that helped us the most don’t enjoy that same luxury post wedding day.
One of the best ways to help people with relaxation, is by forcing them to do so! By providing those that you are especially thankful for with gift cards out to their favorite restaurant or by making a reservation at a local spa, you’ll be forging the way for a relaxing experience; something they’ll be so thankful they indulged in.
Creative Touch: Consider presenting it in a way that connects to your honeymoon. For example, “These newlyweds are off to relax, so you should too! Thank you for all your hard work in making our dream wedding come true. Enjoy a dinner at _____, because we’re so thankful for you!”
Some additional gift ideas
Email their close friends and relatives asking them to finish the sentence “I’ll never forget the time…”. Print out the responses, put them in a jar and gift it to the friend and/or parents that you’re especially thankful for.
Personalized items based on their hobbies.
An embroidered handkerchief they can use on your wedding day
A bottle of wine you served at your wedding.
Engraved jewelry such as a pocket watch or locket.
A painting, canvas print or nicely framed photo from your wedding.
With Love and Sincerity
No matter what you decide to do to thank those that supported your wedding, the most important thing is that they feel your love and sincere appreciation. Think about the relationship that you have with the person you’re looking to thank and tailor their gift, big or small, to that unique bond.
When we feel an appreciation for those we love, it’s important to share that. A ‘Thank You’ goes a long way!
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