Wedding days are usually filled with magical sentiments, stunning florals, and smiles all around. It’s not uncommon for the bride and groom to be showered in love, “congratulations”, and an abundance of perfectly-wrapped gifts. However, it’s become an important notion to also acknowledge and treat those who helped to make your special day as fun and romantic as possible.
With a little effort and creativity, you can come up with gifts for the members of your wedding entourage that truly express your thanks. Your gift will not only represent your appreciation for their support and presence at your wedding, but also their contribution to a smooth and disaster-free celebration. While gift-giving is usually more common on the bride’s side of the wedding-party, it’s essential to not forget about the groom’s support system either.
Choosing items that are less generic, and more tailored to your guests’ individual personalities and interests, will no doubt result in keepsakes that are cherished for years to come.
Gift ideas for your wedding entourage may include:
If you and your closest friends were brought together by music, a personalized harmonica may be the perfect gift. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing and affordable, with endless engraving options, but it can also add to the overall vibe of your wedding. Sitting around a bon fire together, harmonizing with their new musical instruments after the official events of the day have finished, could be the perfect, cozy end to a day of overwhelming excitement.
It can be easy to get caught up in the formalities of the wedding day—especially as a groomsman. There is often an additional pressure placed on the wedding entourage to ensure that everything looks, sounds, and feels the way that the bride and groom desire.
In order to ease some of the tension that your groomsmen may feel and add a little fun and humor to not only their day but yours as well, you could gift them with vibrant, personalized accessories.
These may include the following:
- Themed socks and pocket squares: Patterns could include superheroes, band logos, or rivaling sports teams.
- Personalized/themed cufflinks: These could display engraved initials or symbols.
Weddings, although oozing with white icing and sickeningly-sweet melodies, can also be quite stressful. You shouldn’t be surprised if you find someone’s great aunt sneaking one too many wedding favors at the end of the night into her purse, or the videographer filming every moment with the cap still snuggly on top of the lens.
Your groomsmen will do their best to remedy any unexpected issues that arise; however, there are only so many wedding-mistakes one can handle before combusting. Gifting your friends with a personalized flask may be just what they need to take the edge off after a night of misplaced CDs, random guests that nobody can place, torn dresses, and unwelcome thunder storms.
For other unique gift ideas, you can find a list of groomsman gifts here.
Gifting your bridesmaids with a piece of jewelry is a wise choice if you want them to have something that they can enjoy on the day and long after the wedding is over. Regardless of whether your friends wear their jewelry like armor each and every day, or prefer to accessorize with simpler pieces on occasion, you can easily accommodate them. Rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets tend to be the most popular choices. However, depending on each bridesmaid’s taste and your own creativity, you could find options outside these.
Instead of purchasing the first items you lay your eyes upon, whether due to affordability, convenience, or your own personal preference, consider the following creative ideas:
- Engraving pieces
- Incorporating birth stones
- Choosing fair trade-certified jewelry
- Incorporating their favorite gemstone
Your bridesmaids may neglect their own personal self-care practices in order to ensure that you’re looking, feeling, and smelling your best before you walk down that flower-sprinkled aisle. Making sure that everything runs smoothly could potentially exhaust your bridesmaids, and therefore, gifting them with a hamper overflowing with luxurious, fragrant items may allow them to feel as fresh and calm as they’ve helped you to feel.
Hampers may include the following goodies:
- Bath bombs
Your wedding entourage are like your own, personal fan club, supporting you in every possible way on your fairytale-like wedding day. It’s important to acknowledge their selfless deeds and unconditional love with a personalized and unique gift. While there are multiple possibilities, catering to individual tastes and ensuring that the gift can be enjoyed after the wedding has concluded is also key.
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