You’ll receive a lot of gifts. But have you remembered that it’s also a time to give gifts?
Thank your maid of honour and bridesmaids with a gift for helping you with the wedding preparations and holding your hand throughout the whole process. Don’t forget to give something thoughtful to your aunt or anyone else who hosted a bridal shower.
Choose something appropriate if someone hosted a bachelorette party or any additional wedding festivities. Remind your groom to do the same for his best man and groomsmen.
In addition, you’ll need to choose something special to thank your parents for their contributions.
Have a Gift Budget
There’s no need to purchase elaborate gifts, such as spa days and trips, but it is nice to personalize each gift by putting some thought into it. If one bridesmaid is a fan of jewellery, why not buy her a piece you know she would love. If another loves books, search for a book you know has special meaning for her. Spend roughly the same amount on each bridesmaid, and perhaps a little more on your maid of honour. The key is to express your appreciation with heartfelt sincerity.
Start with a budget. Obviously, the more bridesmaids and groomsmen you include in your bridal party, the more
costly it will be to thank everyone properly. Decide in advance how much you want to spend on each person and then list the possibilities for each person within your budget.
Include a personalized note with each gift. Recall a fond memory or give an example of something personal they did for you that was special and appreciated. A handwritten note elevates the gesture from pleasant to exceptional.
Dos And Don’ts
Flowers: Are a lovely way to thank a shower host. But don’t bring cut flowers that will require her to find a vase and arrange them. Bring a potted plant or flowers already arranged in a vase.
A Personalized Gift: Such as a pendant with each maid’s initials is a nice way to give everyone a tailor-made present while also ensuring that everyone’s gift is of equal value.
Time Is A Gift: Take your parents and in-laws to a restaurant or entertain them at home, complete with a special bottle of wine. You’re not only giving a gift of time but creating a lasting memory.
Originally published in Today’s Bride magazine, Fall/Winter 2015.