Saying thank you
Many people help make the wedding day special and it's customary for the bridal couple to acknowledge them in some way. These gifts are generally given out at a pre-wedding occasion, often the rehearsal dinner.
• Like the sentiment they convey the gifts should be something thoughtful and enduring, not jokes or fads.
• A nice gesture is to deliver each gift with personal remarks rather then pass them out en masse. This way the gift will have more significance.
• Start thinking of ideas early. Make sure you allow for extra time if the gifts require engraving or personalizing.
GROOMSMANWhen selecting gifts for groomsmen, think about a gift they would like but probably wouldn’t buy themselves. Some options are cuff links, a fine watch, money clip, or a high-quality wallet. Feel free to splurge a little more on the best man.
BRIDESMAIDSThe traditional gift for bridesmaids is jewelry. But if you are looking for something a little different consider monogrammed stationery, a spa treatment, or another pampering session. As you have with the best man, feel free to bestow a little more thanks on the maid of honour with a more lavish gift. Younger bridal party members can get a similar gift, but keep their age in mind.
CLERGYMany couples choose to make a financial donation to their house of worship. Additional tipping or monetary gifts can also be made for musicians, alter boys/girls, etc. A donation toward an officiant may also be appreciated.
PARENTSThe couple may bestow a gift on their parents, especially meaningful if they are financially contributing to the wedding. Jewelry or fine gifts in similar scope to that of the bridal party are good ideas. An excellent idea as well are engraved picture frames to hold a wedding picture.
OTHERSReaders, soloists, ushers, etc. can be given a small token of appreciation. A couple of suggestions are gift cards or a personalized memento.