It’s not the perfect hand-lettered wedding invitations or the extra-rich buttercream frosting on your cake that make a wedding wonderful–it’s not even the dress, the DJ, or the twinkle lights at your venue. The true heart and soul of your celebration comes from the people you love: friends, family, bridesmaids and groomsmen, and everyone who goes above and beyond to make your wedding day special. You’ll thank them in speeches and notes, of course, but when it comes to the bridal party, you might want to surprise them with special wedding party gifts.
There are so many ways couples can embrace wedding gifting trends to celebrate their helpers; there’s the “will you?” gift to invite a friend to join the bridal party, the “wedding welcome” gift of amenities for special guests, and the “thank you” gifts for the wedding party, ushers, readers, officiants, and anyone else who played an essential role in the ceremony and reception. As you gather your wedding party gift ideas, think about how you want the gifts to represent your style, your wedding theme, and the personalities of the people receiving them.
It’s easier than ever to find unique gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, and you don’t have to give them personalized sweatpants or cufflinks, either. We’ll help you get creative with our list of Top 10 Wedding Party Gifts.
Gift Ideas For Your Bridal Party:
First, take note of a few tips to help you decide what to give your bridal party.
What to spend:
- Don’t go beyond your means, but think about what you’re asking them to spend: pricy outfits, long-distance travel and multiple showers and parties can all add up. Your gift should be designed to reflect your gratitude most of all–$75-$150 tends to be a good gift price point for the average wedding party gift.
When to give a gift:
- It’s becoming more and more common to send a little token gift when you ask people to participate in your wedding. Think of it as popping the question again–only this time, there’s no ring!
- Give your gifts at the bachelor/bachelorette party. Everyone tends to be together for these, and it’s a nice way to dole out the gifts and celebrate before the BIG party.
- Set your gifts at your bridal party’s place settings for the rehearsal dinner, then give a touching toast about why these people are so special to you.
Now for the fun part…
What to Give Your Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
Whether you want to give themed gifts to the people in your bridal party is really up to you. Considering whether it’s important to give gifts that stick to your color scheme or some other defining feature of your wedding (is it destination-specific? Did you commit to an overall theme?) will help you find the right items, but the most important thing is to give gifts that feel thoughtful and memorable.
Items related to the wedding day are fine but you want to make sure they’ll be remembered and used after the event–think jewelry, or fun apparel like socks, ties, and scarves that match the wedding outfits but will also look great later.
Items unrelated to the wedding are also appropriate, but think outside the box with these and make a special effort to be thoughtful with items that they can enjoy for years after the wedding. Ask yourself if your brother will really want to use an engraved “Best Man” coffee mug every morning, or if he might prefer an insulated travel growler (for his endless scouting trips for the best new beer).
Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids
You may have two bridesmaids, you may have ten, but you’ll want each gift to show off how much thought and care you put into it. Whether you’re giving customized gifts like matching favors, personalized wedding gift gifts, or practical gifts each bridesmaid can enjoy while getting ready for the ceremony (champagne flutes, anyone?), creating the best bridesmaid gifts might be easier than you think. If you’ve asked your besties to join you before, during, and after “I do,” make sure their gifts tell a little story about the times you’ve shared together and what you know about them.
Your bridesmaids aren’t just there to stand next to you and look pretty (although you know they’ll knock it out of the park there!). They’ll be planning events, giving toasts, maybe even swooping in to handle some last-minute DIY details if you decide not to hire a wedding planner. Help them stay organized and calm as can be with dainty stationery and candle gift set that’s as beautiful as it is useful. It includes a Rifle Paper Co. floral notepad illustrated with a cheerful “Let’s Do This!” and Midori’s .5mm brass ballpoint pen–pleasant little tools for the devoted list-maker. We’ve paired it with a gold-accented Paddywax Urban Concrete Amber & Smoke candle that adds a pleasant ambiance and aroma when lit.
As much as you love them, we’re guessing you probably won’t be inviting your bridesmaids on your honeymoon. Send the tropical getaway to them instead with Just Breathe, our bestselling care package for relaxation and rejuvenation. Stress and tension are no match for Herbivore Botanicals’ hydrating Coconut Milk Bath Soak with organic coconut milk and vanilla. Add ambiance with an air plant nestled carefully into a delicate sea urchin shell and a Paddywax Urban Concrete Amber & Smoke soy wax candle (mini matches included). A natural sea sponge loofah puts the final, spa-like touch on this luxe getaway in a box.
When your bridesmaids have traveled from far away, pamper them with the promise of extra-luxurious rest with this Beauty Sleep gift set. This trio sets the mood for a gentle retreat from all the wedding excitement. AYDRY & Co.’s mini Vintage Rose candle adds a gentle floral fragrance and candlelit ambiance, while Morihata’s activated Binchotan charcoal sleek satin eye mask promises to help them look fresh-faced and flawless in photos. To complete the pampering experience, we’ve included Olivine Atelier’s Amongst The Waves Lotion made of organic ingredients include aloe vera leaf juice, lemon verbena, lavender flowers, mandarin orange and sweet orange peel oils.
Gift Ideas for Groomsmen
Practical groomsmen gifts should be memorable, unique without being tacky, and something they can use for a long time. With so many options for unique groomsmen gifts online, finding non-traditional gift ideas is easier than ever: think about what brings you together as friends, and their hobbies and interests, and pick out an awesome gift accordingly.
No leg room? No problem. Wherever they’re coming from, here’s something they can enjoy on the plane, even from the middle seat: sky-high cocktails, quality snacks, and tangle-free headphones.
Even though you can’t help them board early or cram that second carry-on underneath the impossibly tiny airplane seat, you can help make their travel experience much more bearable. Once they’re cruising, they can enjoy a bag of AgStandard Salt & Pepper Smoked Almonds and use one of those nifty mini bottles of vodka to mix up a Carry On Cocktail Kit Moscow Mule. Plus, if they can’t stand airplane headphones, Triple C Designs’ Green Budz earphones come with conveniently retractable wires that won’t tangle, and a magnetic clasp to keep them within easy reach on a pocket or a coat lapel.
Travel basics can be just that: basic (and boring). This trio of hip, modern accessories is great for your groomsmens’ daily commute, a spontaneous weekend getaway, or an unofficial world tour. Moleskine’s Classic Hardcover Ruled Notebook is the notebook for those who keep their lives organized by pen and paper. He’ll love the slim rechargeable LED booklight handy if he’s the “just one more chapter!” type, or frequently wakes up in the wee hours to jot down his big ideas–it clips conveniently to books and journals to double as a bookmark. This gift can even make mid-morning coffee jaunts more stylish and sustainable; MiiR’s 8 oz Vacuum Insulated Tumbler keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, comes with a BPA-free press-on lid, and is compatible with most cupholders.
Sometimes it’s hard to draw the line between “travel necessities” and “travel niceties.” The TSA might beg to differ, but we think this gift set falls squarely in the category of “necessities”–after all, they bring the drink cart around for a reason, no? This gift for your “man about town” groomsman features a Carry On Cocktail Kit that promises two Old Fashioned cocktails (it’s BYOB), a 5 oz stainless steel flask with a sleek faux-leather carrying case, and an Oregon-made Tom Bumble bar rich with crispy peanut butter candy and creamy chocolate. We’ll venture to guess this won’t be making anyone’s checked luggage.
What to Give Your Maid of Honor
You might choose to give your maid of honor a little something extra to show your gratitude for her help with your wedding (after all, her emotional support is priceless). These gifts will let her know how special she is, and just how much you appreciate how she made sure your getting hitched went off without a hitch!
All luxury, no thorns. This gift set gets its sippable, soakable lushness from nature herself, with botanical spa products and a bottle of thoughtfully crafted Fabre en Provence’s Cru Classé. This collection is bound to make your maid of honor feel like a queen. It includes Herbivore Botanical’s Coco Rose Body Polish, a blend of raw sugar, coconut oil, and floral Bulgarian Rose Absolute essence, and Calm Dead Sea Salt soak with Himalayan pink salt crystals, ylang ylang, and natural vanilla oil. She can sip a glass of lush rosé from Fabre en Provence HOST’s easy-to-chill, tub-friendly stemless tumbler, soaking up the notes of cherry pie, strawberry, spice, and umami in this playful, pretty pink wine.
Surprise your maid of honor with this gift’s next-level loveliness that conjures hints of springtime. She’ll love the grapefruit fragrance of this coral-tinged Paddywax Urban Concrete candle, and every time she tosses Bloom & Give’s lightweight Bengal Cotton Scarf over her shoulders, she’ll feel like she’s mere steps away from the French Riviera or some tropical beach. Even in the chillier months, this scarf is a winner–it can be doubled up and layered as a warm accessory in no time at all.
What to Give the Best Man
Want to go above and beyond on the gift for your best man? Don’t splurge on something he’ll never use (avoid most engraved items), but do think about dapper, stylish items that are a cut above what he might get for himself.
If he travels light, make sure that what accessories he does carry are of exceptional quality and utility. This gift set is perfect for the guy on the go who doesn’t have time to fuss with a lot of stuff (hint: he definitely doesn’t own a man purse), but values his essentials. It includes a handsome leather Filson front pocket card and cash case and the sleek Liberty G Ceramic Rollerball Pen with gold-plated metal trim. Whether he’s out on the town, networking, or closing a deal, he’ll make his mark and look good doing it.
How could anyone resist the pleasure of a sumptuous leather notebook cover and a fine ink pen that glides silkily along the page? This creative gift is both attractive and functional, and you won’t find anything quite like it anywhere else! The handmade notebook cover from Michael Zimmermann of A Word In The Woods is crafted especially for Knack customers, so you know it’ll be one of a kind. The leather cover holds up to two 3.5″ x 5.5″ notebooks (1 dotted graph paper field notebook included), a pen, other documents, a passport and bank or business cards. We’ve paired it with OHTO’s Liberty G Ceramic Rollerball Pen, an elegant tool that’s a pleasure to use in any setting.
Let Knack Help You Find Perfect Gifts For Your Wedding Party
We know you’re busy. While the DIY wedding trend has flourished, we know it takes a lot of work and time to plan the wedding you want. With Knack, it’s possible to give heartfelt, custom wedding party gifts with your personal touch without an overwhelming amount of planning. We’ll guarantee that the presentation is gorgeous, the gifts are delivered on time, and the items inside will be part of your loved ones’ cherished memories of your celebration. It’s just one more way you can feel cool, calm, and collected about your big day.
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