We all know how special our wedding party is to us. After all, you and your partner have chosen your closest family and friends to share the big day with you and stand beside the two of you while you say your I do’s. They help get us through one of the craziest, but one of the most magical and happiest days in our lives.
As much as your wedding party, I’m sure, is honored to stand beside you on your special day, being a bridesmaid or a groomsman can be a huge responsibility! Your best friends will be there from start to finish and everything in between. From their support during your engagement to helping you pick out your invitations and DJ, from planning your last friends' weekend getaway before you are officially married to the day of your wedding, and all of the last minute details, your wedding party is like your super hero support system. To say they deserve a big thank you is an understatement! A very popular question that comes up during the planning process is what to do or what to get as a thank you. What’s too little? What’s too much? But you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for tons of wedding party gift ideas.
Before digging into all of the nitty gritty details, it’s important to note that you are not expected or obligated to buy everyone in your wedding party the same gift. You might have a friend who would absolutely LOVE an engraved watch, but you might have another friend who doesn’t like to wear watches and would be better off with a brand new set of fancy wine glasses. On the other hand, you absolutely can buy matching gifts if you would like! Remember that these are your best friends, your loved ones, and you know their style best.
The best part about buying gifts for your friends is that you can get SUPER creative. Wedding party gifts can be anything from a bottle of wine, a necklace, an engraved pocket watch, or a tie to an experience like a workout class, manicure/pedicure, cooking class, or tickets to their favorite show or restaurant. The main goal here is to show your appreciation for their help and support throughout the wedding planning process, which can be extremely exciting, but stressful at times too.
Here are some other popular ideas you might want to consider for bridesmaids: A necklace or bracelet with their initials, monogram travel bag, jewelry box, custom-made box of candles, or matching pajamas with a pair of slippers.
For your groomsmen, you might want to consider: a brand new wallet with your friend's initials, a key chain, an engraved pocket knife, matching cufflinks, or a personalized tool kit.
Personalizing wedding party gifts is extremely popular, and you can personalize pretty much anything now-a-days! Have you ever heard of the store Things Remembered? They offer TONS of personalized options - things like champagne glasses, blankets, totes, mugs, jewelry, clocks, journals, snow globes, and much more.
Worried about your budget? Don’t be! There are tons of gifts you can buy (and even make – don’t forget DIY options!) that won’t break the bank. You might want to consider a brand new phone case with your friend’s name or initials on it. How about a travel mug or a special wine glass? A spa kit with slippers, lotion, and their favorite body wash is always a big hit. Do you have any friends who are cheese lovers? You might want to consider buying them a new cheese board (you can buy some really beautiful cheese boards on Amazon for less than $25!).
There are tons of great resources out there for you no matter what your budget is or what style your friends love. One of our favorites is Box + Bow! How beautiful are these custom gift boxes?! There are so many fun options that you can use to fill these boxes with and they're customizable too - you can personalize the letters that are engraved on the inside of the box lids. You can make these completely unique and your own, perfect for all of your best friends.
If you’re a big fan of DIY ideas, the options can be endless. If you have any friends who are coffee or tea lovers (who doesn’t?), putting together a basket filled with their favorite flavors can be very thoughtful and this is something that they can use every single day. Here are some other DIY options you might want to consider: homemade jam with a custom label - you'll be "jamming" out to your favorite music and whipping up a batch of your new favorite jam in no time! You might also be interested in a photo frame with your favorite picture together, homemade chocolates with a handwritten note inside the box, a custom wine label on your friend’s favorite bottle of wine (you can find these on Etsy for less than $15). How about a box with some of your friend's favorite things inside (hand soap, candle, handkerchief, alcohol, candy, shaving kit, flowers, jewelry)?
With so many options out there, you’ll have many different directions that you can go in with gifts for your wedding party. The most important thing to remember is that whatever you decide on will be a major thank you for all of their support and it will mean the world to them.
Still in need of some advice or ideas? That's what we're here for! Please feel free to reach out to me either on instagram @leah.atbloom or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be more than happy to chat with you and answer any questions that you might have!