Guide to gifts to surprise the mother of the bride and groom with at your wedding

Whether they’ve been heavily involved in the planning of the wedding or not, the mothers of the bride and groom have, by their very nature, played a big part in the lead up to the big day.

By raising their children, they’ve moulded them into the people they are today, creating a fantastic couple in the process.

A great way to thank your mothers for everything they’ve done is to present them both with thoughtful gifts on your wedding day.

As @brides says, “They’ve done so much to get you this far, so it’s important to honor them in some way—whether it’s a sweet memento, a frame, or a more substantial gift to thank them for their contribution.”

Finding the perfect gift

Finding the perfect gift for your mum and soon-to-be mother-in-law might not be easy. A gift of this type needs to be thoughtful, meaningful and if you want to present it at the wedding itself, portable.

To ensure you’re not rushed at the last minute, start your search for your gifts a few months before the big day. This will give you plenty of time to order personalised products and trawl the internet in search of the most unique and meaningful ideas.

A framed photo

If there’s one thing all parents love, it’s a good photo. If you had engagement photos taken in the run up to your big day, you could get one of these framed for your mums to enjoy.

If you don’t have any handy engagement photos to use, have a look back through the albums to find a photo of you and your partner with your respective mums.

If this isn’t successful, you could try to do a subtle photo shoot next time you’re together and use one of these as your wedding gift.

A spa day

Give your mums the pampering they deserve, and spend a bit of quality time together, by treating them to a day at a local spa.

This is a great option as it gives you the chance to relax and unwind after your wedding, while spending a memorable day with your mum or mother-in-law.


Giving someone jewellery is always a good way to show you care.

If you want to make your gift extra special, you could buy your mum or mother-in-law a personalised piece of jewellery like a locket or engraved bracelet, watch or necklace. Personalising the gift makes it even more meaningful and shows your loved ones just how much they mean to you.

As your jeweller will probably need at least a week or two to produce your personalised piece, you should order your memento as early as possible.

If you’re planning a wedding and are looking for ideas and inspiration for your big day, we can help. Explore our site, or get in touch with a member of our team to find out more.


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