As wedding season quickly approaches, we often get the question- “what gift do I give my guests/groom to be/mother in law to be?!” Giving guests favors and gifts is a fun tradition many couples wish to continue, in a budget friendly manner. Although some couples decide against giving out favors as a way to cut costs, many decide to keep it to please their traditional families. Read below for advice and ideas!
A present for the groom is not necessary (you’re giving him the gift of love!), but for brides and grooms looking to give their groom a token to remember the day, we have several recommendations. Some of the most popular gifts are engraved watches, personalized handkerchiefs, or cufflinks, that he can wear on the big day. One of our favorite tear-jerking gifts is a handwritten letter, given to the groom right before the ceremony begins.
If you’re looking to shower your bride with gifts on your wedding day, we suggest giving jewelry. Traditional gifts included an engraved piece of jewelry, like a heart-shaped locket, a pearl necklace or earrings, or a bottle of perfume. For the budget-conscience groom, we suggest objects of sentiment- a love letter, framed photograph, or poem.
Mother/Father of the Bride/Groom:
A personalized, embroidered handkerchief to the mother and father of the bride and groom are great gifts to thank your parents on your wedding day. Not only are personalized handkerchiefs sentimental, but they will also be put to great use on your wedding day (to soak up all the tears!) We recommend looking to buy them through sites like Etsy, unless you are super crafty!
We love bridesmaid’s gifts that will be used while getting ready for the big day. One of our favorite gifts is a personalized silk robe for each bridesmaid. Not only will the ladies love these, but they will also make for a fun and matching “getting ready” photo-shoot. Other popular gifts included a jewelry set to wear the day-of, or an embroidered tote and makeup bag.
Cigars and cufflinks are two of the most popular gifts for groomsmen. We also see grooms giving engraved flasks, expensive bottles of liquor like whiskey or bourbon, or money clips to their groomsmen.
Guest favors have evolved significantly from the days of a personalized matchbook. For an outdoor wedding, guests will love receiving personalized sunglasses to shade their eyes, or the ceremony program printed on a paper fan, and for a winter wedding, personalized lip balm, or hot cocoa kits will be a hit. Some of our favorite DIY favors are Instagram coasters, luggage tags (for a destination wedding), and a “classy hangover kit” with a bottle of Gatorade, ibuprofen, and an eye mask.
Note from Sarah!
Life got too crazy to blog, but please enjoy these archives of some of our favorite past weddings.