Bridesmaids and groomsmen make a lot of sacrifices to back you up on your big day: there’s the bachelor/bachelorette parties and bridal shower, plus dress and suit fittings, rehearsals, toasts and gifts, all of which take a lot of time and money. Show them some appreciation with a token of gratitude.
What should you get?
While jewellery is a go-to choice (pearl earrings for the ladies, cufflinks for the guys) and can be worn at the wedding, it’s not quite a gift for your bridal party if you’re just accessorizing their wedding outfit. If your groomsman often wears cufflinks, great gift. If not, useless.
Be sure you purchase something they will wear after the wedding.
Gift cards to relax or blow off some steam after all the wedding craziness can be fun. Think spa, salon, golf or paintball. Or perhaps tickets to a concert or sporting event.
Glassware is nice and useful, too. Try stemless wine glasses, beer steins or champagne flutes.
Personalized or monogrammed gifts are sentimental and meaningful, but be sure they are useful. Adding clutter to someone’s home isn’t a gift. Handmade signage, engraved keepsake boxes or compacts, framed prints, embroidered bags or luggage are all good choices.
Think outside the box (the gift box, that is), with an “of the month club” subscription, a mini bar in a jar (with all your friends’ favourite libations) or create custom scents and gift your wedding party with your own perfumes and colognes.
Don’t forget about the littles: make sure you get a small token of appreciation for your flower girl and ring bearer. Ask Mom and Dad what would be best.
By Jennifer Cox