We believe that weddings are a big deal and will be now and forever! They require a massive amount of time, effort, and – of course – finances. You can’t do it all on your own, and those who’ve tried will be the first to tell you this is true. So, how do you thank those who’ve worked to help make this day possible? It’s customary to give small bridal gifts as tokens of your appreciation. These can be distributed to your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parents in gratitude for taking part in the day with you.
Some brides choose collective gifts like a day at the spa together or the same necklace for everyone in her party. But, the best thank you gifts are those that are unique and personal to each person. Maybe you’d like to get a necklace for all of your bridesmaids – a lot of companies offer variants of the same style for just such an occasion. You can choose the style that best represents each friend, and go from there.
Some examples of traditional gifts, aside from jewelry for the bridal party, include silver flasks for the groomsmen and frames for your parents. Don’t limit yourself to these gift ideas, but remember there are a lot of ways to make these traditional gifts personal. Your gift-giving should not be bound by duty, but should really show your friends and family a sense of appreciation. Try engraving each flask with a personal memory of that groomsman and your future-partner drinking together. Include an old family photo of you and your parents in the frame. Or, maybe you can frame their wedding photo next to yours.
The spa get-away is a favorite of mine. You can all go together, or you can give personal spa days for your bridesmaids to recover from your hectic wedding weekend. For the groomsmen, try tickets to a favorite sports game, or visit your favorite golf course. Again, they can all go with the groom or alone to each one of their favorite sports (maybe someone likes hockey, not baseball, etc).
The options are limitless, so long as your close friends and family know they are loved and appreciated for all the help they’ve given. Check out http://www.etsy.com for some really personal, handmade options. Or, consult a friend/artist for something truly unique.
All you need to remember you is that whatever you do, remember the day is all about you!