Giving your parents a gift is not required, but it is a wonderful way to express your gratitude for everything they've done. The timing of presenting your gift is completely up to you. There are no right or wrong ways to do this, just whenever you feel it is best. There are however, four main times when gift exchanges have commonly taken place. Review the possibilities to find which is best for you.
A gift can be given while shopping for the wedding dress, picking out bridesmaids dresses or while in search of the best dress for the mother of the bride. For the groom, consider presenting your gift while getting fitted for your attire or even on the night of the bachelor party.
This is the event where most engaged couples choose to give out gifts. Typically a speech is given by the bride or groom about what the parents have done and how they are appreciated, then the gifts are presented. The rehearsal dinner allows the opportunity for an intimate focus on the gift exchange shared with your immediate family and the wedding party.
The reception is a time for the bride and groom to be the center of attention and it is not likely to be chosen as a time to hand out gifts. However, if you would like to make a public gesture in giving your parents their gifts, this is the time to do it. Take time out of your reception, to honor your parents and give them with their gifts.
After the Wedding
Waiting until after the wedding may lead to some disappointment as your parents may feel that you forgot about them, or perhaps did not care to express gratitude. However, if you are short on time, and maybe even cash, family will understand and you can still make a special moment out of it by creating an event for your gift giving. Take your parents out to dinner, or somewhere for the weekend and provide them with their gifts.
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