Your wedding planning list is long, and you might ask if you still need to give gifts to your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Sure, you’ll be wining and dining them on the big day. But unlike the regular wedding guests, the bridesmaids and groomsmen are heavily involved with help and support in the planning, throwing your bachelor or bachelorette parties, looking after the rings during the ceremony, and so much more. So they deserve something special as thanks.
A gift for each member of your wedding party not only says thank-you, it shows how much you appreciate their friendship, and how important they are to celebrating and being part of one of the most important days of your life. It is only right that a gift, whether big and expensive, or small and meaningful, is given to those closest to you.
See it From Your Wedding Party’s Point of View
You’re not the only one who will be spending big bucks on your special day. Your wedding party will, in general, also be spending a fair amount in support of your wedding. There are the clothes, a suit or bridesmaid dress, the shoes, accessories, plus hair and make-up that need to be considered. These expenses can add up – even for a budget wedding, they’ll be spending a minimum of $100 – and often these expenses can climb as high as a $1000 or more! They also may be forking out money for your pre-wedding parties – this includes expenses for things such as venue, entertainment, food and drink costs. Finally the actual cost of attending the wedding, accommodation and transport all need to be accounted for.
So as much as they appreciate the honour of being asked to stand up for you at your wedding, keep in mind all of the sacrifices they had to make in order to be there, and treat them to something nice.
What is a Perfect Gift?
Buying personalized gifts is the best way to say thank-you to your wedding party, although if this isn’t practical due to the size of your wedding party, any well thought out gift will be suitable. Your closest family and friends will be supporting you on your wedding day – you know them better than anyone, so use this knowledge to get them something that will really resonate.
Whether it suits their personality, their hobby, their taste, or their lifestyle, try to match the gift to what will mean the most to them. By doing so, it will demonstrate how much you appreciate them. To complete the perfect gift, include a hand written note or thank you card with a special message.
Check out your local wedding shops for gift ideas. Then take a peek at what you can buy online. You’ll find a much larger selection compared to the local shops (often for lower prices), whether it’s gifts for your bridesmaids, or gifts for your groomsmen that you’re looking for. Plus it’s very convenient to shop online from the comfort of your own home, and have the items delivered to your personal address.
Don’t Get Bogged Down in the Details
Wedding traditions can be infinite, and it’s important to resist getting bogged down in the details and trying to please everyone. You’ll be getting advice from every married friend or acquaintance during the planning, so make sure you pick and choose the advice that works for you. One thing is for sure; your bridesmaids and groomsmen are your closet allies in getting to the finish line and having a wonderful day. So make sure you take time out to celebrate with them and share your gift of thanks. The ideal time is in the morning, before you say ‘I do’.
PS – All Your Guests Make the “Wedding Party”!
Consider that each one of your wedding reception guests will likely give you a generous gift. Be sure to buy wedding keepsake gifts for them well in advance. You need only spend a few dollars per guest – a low price to pay for showing your gratitude! Some of the best wedding bonbonniere are found right here within Canada, too!