A Gift for the BrideThe bride's gift is given by the groom to the bride as yet another sign of his undying affection. It is often a piece of jewelry which can be worn during the wedding, such as a pendant, bracelet or a set of earrings. Consider your bride's wedding day colors and motif, or even ask her what she would like if you're unsure of her style.
For a special Pennsylvania touch, consider native gemstones such as amethyst, garnet or iridescent moonstone. The bride's gift is an optional gift, and should be given only if taste and budget allow.
Groom's Gift IdeasThe groom's gift is given to the groom from the bride. A mahogany or silver pen set, an elegant pocket watch or a striking photo of the bride in an engraved frame are popular choices. A nice touch for a Pennsylvania groom's gift might be a matched set of golden cuff links shaped as keystones, as Pennsylvania is the Keystone State. As with the bride's gift, this is an optional present.
Bridesmaids' PresentsThese presents are given to your bridesmaids and your maid of honor. Often, jewelry sets are given which match the wedding motif. These pieces are then worn during the ceremony to complement the overall look of your special day. The maid of honor's gift is sometimes slightly more eye-catching or expensive than those for your bridesmaids. Something simple and elegant will be tasteful.
Special PA-inspired bridesmaids' gift ideas include firefly jewelry, or jewelry incorporating gemstones native to the state such as beryl or sunstone.
Ushers' GiftsThe groom gives these presents to his ushers and best man as tokens of friendship and gratitude. Look for engraved gifts such as stylish flasks, pocket watches or money clips. Also, consider cigar humidors, grooming kits or silver engraved lighters. Again, the gift given to the best man may be a bit more intricate or pricey than those given to the ushers.
Gifts for Family and OfficiantsAlthough they will be getting parting gifts, these special people have been supportive and complimentary during your wedding planning. If you are on a budget, small keepsakes can do wonders to make these contributors know they are much appreciated.
The officiant's gift does not need to be fancy. Whether the officiant is a close friend or a religious leader, they will appreciate a small token of esteem from you. Money and gift certificates are options, but they don't remind the person of the special role they played in your wedding. Giving a gift that represents their role in the wedding, such as a letter of thanks on special stationery or a framed photo of the three of you at the altar, can also serve as a recommendation to others looking for a person to officiate their wedding. Often, these gifts are given after the ceremony or even after you return from your honeymoon.
For family, consider hand-written thank you cards, a set of PA-themed paperweights with personal engravings, custom candle sets or even delicious edibles different from the parting gifts. Family members often get to take home the centerpieces and decorations, so consider your budget, time and decor carefully. The most simple things can show much appreciation, including photo magnets and video copies of the ceremony. Speak to your planner, your family and your spouse to discuss styles and preferences.