Wedding Gift Ideas - Gifts for Members of the Wedding Party
Gifts given by the bride and groom are certainly part of the
wedding tradition. But who makes up the group fortunate enough
to receive a gift from the bride and groom? Members of the
wedding party top that list. That includes everybody: best man,
maid of honour, matron, bridesmaids, ushers, groomsmen, junior
bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring bearers. It's also a nice
gesture for the bride to give a gift to the groom and vice
versa, although this is not mandatory. Nowadays, the bride and
groom also include each set of parents on the gift giving list.
Also, it's definitely a nice gesture to give a gift to any other
person who did something special during the occasion. Sometimes
someone will be asked to do a special reading at the ceremony,
or to step in for the bride's father and walk the bride down the
aisle and these individuals should be acknowledged.
Why give gifts to members of the wedding party? The purpose of
these wedding gifts is to show your appreciation, not break your
wedding budget. A gift that has been specially picked out shows
you put thought and consideration into the gift. Including a
personalized note with the gift thanks the person for whatever
role he or she played and it is certainly a nice touch when
having the gift engraved with the wedding date and couple's
names or initials. To help with thank you letters, keep a note
of what each person's role so you know exactly what to say when
it comes to writing.
Prepare the gifts several weeks in advance. Make sure you have
the gifts purchased about 4 weeks prior to the wedding date.
That gives you enough time to have them engraved and to create
your personalized messages. To help the gifts make an even
greater impression on the recipient, take special care in
wrapping them. Use fancy wrapping paper and elaborate bows using
colours that complement the wedding colours. The best time to
give your gifts is during the rehearsal dinner, as it's
intimate, and the people to whom you're giving the gifts should
all be present.
Here are some gift ideas to help you get started? First, check
your wedding budget to see how much you have allocated to this
category. You've likely spent quite a bit of your money by this
stage, so it's important to take a realistic look. Brides
typically give each member of the bridal party a piece of
jewellery or a hair clip that the bride would like her to wear
on the wedding day. Other gift ideas include bud vases, picture
frames, bath oils, a collectible item or a gift basket. The men
in the wedding party like to receive engraved pens, pocket
watches, cigars, business card holders, a clock for their desk,
or key chains. For the parents, a professional wedding photo in
an engraved frame is perfect as is a personalized letter
detailing your appreciation. For each other, anything that
conveys your love and devotion is ideal.