Giving Gifts to your Wedding Party and Family
Saying thank you to those who have helped you with your life and on your wedding day is essential. Although a gift may not completely express your gratitude for all that they’ve done for you, it is still a great way to show how much they mean to you.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to figure out who to give to and what to give. With the help of this guide, we’ll make that easier for you to do.
Whom to give?
Whom to give to is usually dependent on how intimate the wedding is and the scale of the wedding itself. This can range from giving small wedding favors to every attendee to just giving gifts to the wedding entourage itself. Regardless of the size of the wedding there are the people you should always show your gratitude to.
Maid of Honor and Best Man
These are both your right hand woman and man on your big day. They are most likely to have helped the most for your wedding and have been the closest friends to you even before the engagement. It is important to show how much they mean to you and thank them as their responsibilities are usually greater than anyone else’s on your wedding day.
If you don’t have the budget for it, their thank you gifts can also be given together with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. For example you can gift your maid of honor and bridesmaids with earrings that you can all wear together on the wedding. As for the best man and groomsmen, giving out personalized groomsmen gifts such as customized watches or beer stein are a great way to go. That way, you can also bond together using or wearing it as friends.
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
For your bridesmaids and groomsmen, it is important to give something you know they would use. The items don’t always have to be uniform. For example, if one of the groomsmen does not drink, it wouldn’t be appropriate to give him a flask.
If your budget is tight, you can get something as simple as cheap bridesmaids robes and uniform groomsmen cufflinks. These can be used during and after the wedding, making them great gifts that way.
You can give gifts to each parent separately or give joint gifts to the parents as a couple. It is also respectful for the groom to give a gift to the bride’s parents, while the bride gives the groom’s parents. For gift ideas, you can never go wrong with a photo album documenting your big day or providing them with a weekend escape for them to relax.
People who have helped
There might be people outside your wedding party who may have helped you a lot. Don’t let their efforts go unnoticed. Something as simple as a bottle of wine, a great book, or a small piece of jewelry can mean a lot to them. Saying thanks goes a long way.