When you’re planning a wedding, your mind tends to blank on some of the most important things. Your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl, and ring bearer shouldn’t go unrecognized on your special day!
Before you freak out and hyperventilate because you haven’t the slightest clue where to begin, just follow this snippet of advice from yours truly: “Relax and BREATHE because it’s not as difficult as it seems!”
Here’s how to select gifts or wedding favors for your bridal party and groom’s party:
Figure Out the Basics
Would you rather purchase the same gift for each member of your wedding party or choose different gifts for the bride’s side and the groom’s side? How many people will be receiving a gift, and how much would you like to spend per item?
Once you know those details, you’ll be able to focus on the specifics and look for gifts in your price range. You can either opt for traditional gifts (like wine glasses or beer mugs, stainless steel flasks, or messenger bags, for example) or stray from the beaten path and customize frisky wedding party favors (like personalized games, toys, theme-centric items, or boldly-printed matching t-shirts).
There’s no rule that says you can’t go the extra distance for your wedding party and purchase a different gift for each person.
One of our team was a bridesmaid in a close friend’s wedding last year, and they chose to buy a thoughtful gift for each bridesmaid and groomsman. The presents varied depending on the person’s interests; for example, one groomsman received a slew of comic books from The Simpsons and one bridesmaid received a small bag of memorabilia from The Office.
If you don’t like the idea of giving everyone the same gift, then switch it up and do your own thing!
Your wedding party will love it, you’ll be spending the same amount of money, and you’ll personalize the experience that much more!
Now you know how much you can spend, but how do you know what to buy and what your wedding party will enjoy the most?
Here’s your chance to demonstrate how well you know your friends and family. If you decide to personalize the same gift for each bridesmaid and groomsmen, then try looking for a useful gift set that appeals to both sexes.
We’d recommend something like this Shaker/Flask Gift Set, which comes with two olive picks, a flask, a shaker, a jigger, and two Martini glasses. Also, this BBQ Gift Set would be cute for a summer wedding; it comes with a spatula, a pair of tongs, a fork, a grill brush, and a 12-can cooler. Or, for a fun alternative, try this Deluxe Toy Assortment – each treasure chest is filled with 100 toys that would break the ice at any head table.
If you’re getting a different present for each person, then start by writing down each recipient’s name and 3 things he or she likes.
It’s time to make a list!
For inspiration, think about that person’s hobbies, collections, favorite stores, and even favorite colors. You’ll be surprised at how many ideas come pouring out when you set your mind to it, and then you’ll have an ample list of possibilities! Purchasing individual gifts shouldn’t be any more of a hassle if you stick to your budget-per-gift.
Believe it or not, the time and place you’ll distribute the wedding party gifts could affect how you select the gifts themselves. If you want to spend a bit more on your bridesmaids, groomsmen, Maid/Matron of Honor, Best Man, ring bearer, flower girl, and ushers, then it might be a good idea to pass them out the night of your rehearsal dinner so that other guests don’t get jealous.
It’s kind of silly, but we’ve seen gift-envy happen at weddings and it’s not a pretty sight!
Or, let’s say that you have a playful sense of humor and decide to get personalized t-shirts with risqué messages on them – what will your elderly relatives or younger guests think about that if you distribute them during the wedding dinner for all to see? (Obviously you wouldn’t want to give suggestive or questionable gifts to your younger wedding party members at all, but you get the idea).
If you’re dead-set on opening wedding party gifts the night of the reception, then this is a good thing to think about during your gift selection process. It could save you some time and embarrassment!
Your bridal party will be made up of the most important people in your life – close family and best friends (who you basically consider family anyway). There’s no question that they’ve supported you through your entire life, and now through the entire wedding planning process.
They have important jobs on the day of your wedding – dropping flowers down the aisle, carrying your wedding rings, and trying to keep you calm and composed.
We’re here to help you find that perfect gift for them- something that’s useful, age appropriate, and most importantly, affordable (because that big party you’re throwing is costing a pretty penny).
We’ve broken this list of bridal party gifts into four categories (with tons of links), so you can easily find what you need.
First, we have gifts for bridesmaids and your maid of honor, followed by gifts for your adorable flower girl. We continue this comprehensive gift guide with gifts for the guys – several options for your groomsmen and best man, and finally, a bunch of great ideas for your ring bearer.
With all the various people involved, gift giving can get a bit overwhelming. We recommend jotting down a list of all the individuals participating in your wedding and crossing off each gift as you purchase it. Aim to have everything purchased and wrapped no later than one month before the big day.
You’ll be happy when there’s one less thing on your to-do list during the busy weeks before your wedding.
Bridesmaid & Maid of Honor Gifts
We’ve put together a short list of some great gifts – and some links – for your best gals. With personalized gifts, wedding focused gifts, and gifts that they can use at home after the big day, there’s something for everyone.
Personalized Wedding Tote Bags – Personalized tote bags can be embellished with each of your bridesmaid’s names and make an awesome bridesmaid gift. There are always quite a few things that need to be carried around on the big day (extra makeup, a shawl, a change of shoes), and she’ll need something larger than her evening clutch.
Bridesmaid Acrylic Tumbler with Lids – Gift your girls adorable double wall tumblers. They are customizable for any member of your bridal party including the mother of the bride or groom, bridesmaids, and flower girls. There are a variety of colors to choose from so you can easily match your color scheme. These are usually created with high quality vinyl and are BPA free. The lids are spill safe with a watertight seal.
Bride Tribe Women’s Racerback Tank Top – A fun option for the morning of the wedding or for any pre-wedding day festivities, these tank tops are sure to showcase your entourage. The tanks come in quite a few colors, so you can choose your favorite. There’s also a matching “bride” tank top so you’ll stand out in the group. Reviewers recommend sizing up, as the tanks do run one or two sizes small. If you’d like to browse additional “bride tribe” branded clothing and accessories, you can check out tons of other options here.
Small Portable Travel Jewelry Box – It’s tricky to travel with jewelry. It typically ends up a tangled mess, with pieces missing that have fallen to the bottom of a bag or suitcase. These jewelry boxes are a wonderful travel solution and make a great bridesmaid gift. There are separate compartments for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.
We recommend filling each bridesmaid’s jewelry box with whatever bling they’re going to be wearing the day of the wedding, compliments of you. You can browse some simple but stunning jewelry sets here.
Our favorite thing about flower girls is how seriously they typically take their job.
They march down the aisle placing each flower with such care, understanding that this is their duty. Even if your flower girl does get shy and only makes it part way down the aisle, your guests will think she is adorable. Finding a great gift to thank your flower girl for her stellar flower dropping can be tricky. You may have more than one flower girl, or they may be different ages. This list has something for every age and price point. If you’d like to keep browsing flower girl gift ideas, you can do so here.
Personalized Initial Heart Necklace – Any flower girl will be thrilled to have a special piece of jewelry to sport on her… we mean your, big day. A heart charm necklace is perfect for her! If you prefer, you can also gift a delicate bracelet with your flower girl’s name or a star charm initial necklace.
If you’ve purchased totes for your bridesmaids like the ones featured earlier in this post, there’s no question that your flower girl will want a tote of her very own. This flower girl keepsake tote is the perfect choice. We recommend filling her tote with a few flower girl themed books, so she can read up before her big debut. You can browse some top choices here.
Just like the ladies involved in your wedding day, it can be tricky to find a gift for the gents that everyone will like and that doesn’t break the bank.
We’ve compiled a range of gifts that would be useful to just about anyone, and that are reasonably priced.
Enamel Cocktail Shaker & Jigger Set – Shake things up with this attractive cocktail shaker and jigger set. It’s a step up from the standard stainless-steel option and has a chic and stylish design. This design reminds us of the popular blue enamel coffee mugs, often used camping, so we especially like this gift if your groomsmen are into camping. If this shaker isn’t your style, check out this curated list of mixology gifts, which are all great gift options.
Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag – When considering gifts for guys, Herschel Supply Co., is one of our favorite brands. Their goods are stylish and well-constructed with quality fabrics. They’re also typically designed with simplicity, so the styles appeal to a wide range of men.
This duffel bag is the perfect option for weekend getaways and comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose a different one for each of your groomsmen. Herschel stands behind the quality of their products with a lifetime product guarantee.
Ring Bearer Gifts
If you have a ring bearer in your wedding, chances are he’s a pretty important little guy in your life. He also has a pretty important job since you can’t get married without the rings. We’ve rounded up a few great gifts to thank your ring bearer and make him feel like the VIP that he is. If none of these gifts are quite your style, you can here.
Ring Bearer Wedding Activity Backpack – This ring bearer activity backpack has everything you’ll need to keep your ring bearer occupied during the long wedding day. The wedding day can be a lot of commotion, especially for little kids, so it’s great to have something that will hold their attention.
Inside the backpack you’ll find an awesome model limousine, an activity book, and a create-a-card for the bride and groom, along with stickers, mini markers, a pencil, and an eraser. If you’d also like to pack some children’s books that talk about the excitement of being ring bearer, you can browse some great options here.
Personalized Ring Bearer Shirt – A personalized ring bearer shirt is a great gift for your ringer bearer that he can wear either under his suit jacket or in place of his dress shirt and suit jacket. The best part about these tees is the customizable back, where you can have your name and wedding date displayed. You can also purchase a fun pair of kids’ sunglasses for him so he feels like a real (cute) security guard. If this shirt is a bit too much for your taste, check out this great ring bear badge instead.
Hallmark Personalized Books – Every boy would love to be the star of his own children’s book, especially as a superhero. With this Hallmark book, you can personalize the story’s main character to look just like your ring bearer. The skin tone, eye color, hair color, and hair style are all completely customizable.
In this book, your superhero races to the rescue, laughs in the face of danger, and fights for what’s right for over 20 pages – and of course wins in the end. If your ring bearer isn’t into superheroes, this personalized story book has a different storyline and is another great option.
Once you get around the challenge of nailing down gifts for your bridal party, be sure to get in touch with us here. Fran is here to help you choose the right Save the Date cards, wedding invitations, and all the rest of your stationery suite. She’s just lovely, and will help incorporate your wedding colors, choose the right paper, great fonts, and even help you with your wording. You’re going to love her!
There are so many aspects of planning a wedding, and we know it can seem overwhelming. Inspiration can run short, and – sometimes – running off and eloping can look pretty good. We’ve curated some collections of wedding images over here to help keep you motivated and moving forward.
This is a big day, and a big deal. Your very own happily ever after. It’s going to be amazing, magical, and altogether memorable. Your Best Day Ever! We just know it!