Wedding Party Gifts

personalized key ringEvery bride-to-be has a million things to consider when planning her dream wedding. There's the cake, the photographer, the dress, venue, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, hair and makeup... the list goes on and on. If you're busy planning a wedding, then you've most likely considered these important items, but have you given any thought to what gifts you and your fiance are going to buy for your wedding party?

It's standard practice for a bride and groom to present their bridesmaids and groomsmen with small wedding gifts to show their appreciation for their appearance in and support with the wedding. Everything from corkscrews to jewelry to personalized flasks to keepsakes, there are so many different gift ideas to consider. Here are some ideas to think about:

  • Personalized Favors. Giving a gift that has a personal touch will show the members of your wedding party that you've put a lot of thought into finding the perfect gifts just for them. Let's say a member of the bridal party loves fine chocolates. You could get her a box of delectable chocolate. Or maybe you have some particularly handy groomsmen that you get personalized multi-purpose tools with their names engraved on them. Whatever you decide, giving a gift with a personal touch is a very nice gesture that your wedding party will undoubtedly appreciate.
  • Themed Gifts. Themed gifts are a great idea for couples that are having a themed wedding. Beach, cultural, fairytale, vintage, or seasonally themed weddings are all very popular, and treating your wedding party to memorable gifts that go along with the theme can be a lot of fun. If you're doing a vintage theme, for instance, you could get monogram cufflinks for the guys and some fun 1940s style earrings for the ladies. With a little thought and effort, it's easy to tie your wedding party gifts in with your theme.
  • Useful Items. Getting practical gifts is always a nice idea, too. Who doesn't want something they can use again and again? The multi-purpose tools mentioned above is a very useful item, but there are lots of other ides out there too. What about personalized makeup bags, business card cases, desk accessories, money clips, or valet trays. There are tons of items out there that are both classy and practical and would make great wedding party gifts.
  • Unique Gifts. There's no reason to limit yourself to the standard wedding party gift ideas. If you want something a little different, then just give some thought to what your wedding party might like. What about a donation to a charity that you know one of them supports? Or maybe you have an artistic flair and could make gifts for them. Giving unique gifts can be a lot of fun - let your imagination go and see where it takes you!

There's so much to think about when planning a wedding, but don't let the wedding party gifts slip your mind. Your bridal party and groomsmen are probably under a little stress themselves helping you prepare for the big day, so show your appreciation with gifts that show you recognize their efforts.

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