Gift Ideas for Your Wedding Party

Gift Ideas for Your Wedding Party
As you prepare for your big day, don't forget to select gifts for the members of your wedding party. It is customary to give the people who've helped make your wedding day an event to remember a small gift as a token of your appreciation.

Gifts for Your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids

If you're the practical sort, you could consider helping your maid of honor and bridesmaids pay for part of their outfits as a gift. For example, many brides pay for their bridesmaid's shoes or jewelry since these items are likely to be used again after the day has passed. Another excellent idea would be to assemble a pretty makeup bag or clutch filled with the products your maid of honor and bridesmaids will need on the big day, such as hairspray, lip gloss, a hydrating mist to touch up their makeup, breath mints, and some healthy snacks to keep their energy up all day long.

A fun idea would be to provide some sort of cute yet comfy outfit she can wear while getting her hair and makeup done on the big day. This could be a monogrammed zip up hoodie, a cozy robe, or even a set of silk pajamas.

For a sentimental keepsake, consider an engraved jewelry box, personalized stationery, or a crystal flower vase. If you're on a tight budget and consider yourself crafty, a small scrapbook with photos and journaling detailing your relationship over the years is sure to be appreciated.

Experience gifts are growing in popularity for all occasions, including weddings. The members of your wedding party might love a gift certificate for a massage or spa treatment. If they're artistic, you could pay for a girl's night out at a local paint and wine studio.

Gifts for Your Best Man and Groomsmen

Examples of practical gifts that would appeal to a wide range of male tastes include a new wallet, a money clip, a Swiss Army knife, a leather belt, or a stylish pair of cufflinks. Men who frequently travel might appreciate monogrammed leather luggage tags or passport holders.

If the male members of your wedding party drink alcohol, an engraved flask is a popular choice for a best man or groomsman gift. You could also provide whiskey rocks and a bottle of his favorite whiskey. If you're looking to splurge, a subscription to a beer of the month club is fun gift idea that would be enjoyed all year long.

Ideas for experience gifts for the male members of your wedding party include tickets to a concert or sporting event or a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant. Planning a special camping, hunting, or fishing trip for everyone would also be an option to consider.

Gifts for Your Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

In most cases, the flower girl and ring bearer are between the ages of three and eight. When choosing gifts for these two young members of your wedding party, remember to select something that is age appropriate and doesn't pose any safety hazards.

Examples of suitable gifts for younger children include:

  • A stuffed teddy bear or a gift certificate to Build-A-Bear so the child can make his or her own special friend
  • An activity bag filled with crayons, coloring books, card games, snacks, and other goodies to keep the child busy while he or she waits for pictures to be taken
  • A monogrammed superhero cape with a note thanking the child for being your wedding day "hero"
  • A personalized picture book

For older children, you can try:

  • Personalized items, such as an engraved harmonica or yo-yo for the ring bearer and a keepsake jewelry box for the flower girl
  • A child's version of the gift given to adult members of the wedding party, such as a pretty necklace for the flower girl and a wallet for the ring bearer
  • A cute tin lunchbox filled with the child's favorite candy
  • Tickets for admission to a local family-friendly attraction, such as the zoo or a nearby children's museum

Gifts for Other Members of the Wedding Party

Gifts for the guest book attendant, gift attendant, ushers, greeters, and those doing special readings do not need to be as elaborate as the gifts for the core members of the wedding party, but it’s still nice to prepare something that shows your gratitude for their help on your big day.

Here's a few suggestions to consider:

  • An inexpensive bottle of wine
  • Small box of high quality gourmet chocolates
  • A pretty picture frame with a photo of the two of you together
  • Potted plant
  • Personalized keychain

Gift Giving Etiquette

There's no set rule for how much you need to spend on gifts for members of your wedding party. However, you should be mindful of the financial obligation and time commitment your wedding attendants have assumed by agreeing to take part in your big day. Larger and more elaborate weddings require more generous gifts than smaller informal weddings that are limited to a guest list of close friends and family only.

It's easiest to select the same gift for each member of the wedding party, but choosing a different gift for each person shows that you've put some time into expressing your appreciation. In some circumstances, different gifts might be necessary as a matter of practicality. For example, it would be inappropriate to give a box of chocolates to someone who is diabetic or to give alcohol to someone who doesn't drink.

In most cases, it's best to give wedding party gifts at the rehearsal dinner. If the gift is intended to be used the day of the wedding, this ensures that the recipient has it as he or she is getting ready for the big day. If it's a home or hobby-related gift, giving it at the rehearsal dinner prevents the recipient from having to store it or carry around at the wedding.

All wedding party gifts should be wrapped and accompanied by a handwritten note. Thank the participant for being a part of your special day and talk about why you value their friendship. Remember that a sincere expression of your gratitude is the best gift of all!

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team