They’ve been so helpful in the lead up to your wedding that you’d love to give each member a bridal party gift. But with the traditions and different opinions around of what would be appropriate and when to give it, it pays to first know if there is a gift giving etiquette to follow.
In this article, we’re explaining everything you need to know about bridal party gift giving etiquette to help you avoid those embarrassing faux pas!
Examining Bridal Party Gift Giving Etiquette
You may have already paid for their dress, makeup and hair. So, is a gift really necessary? Yes! Not only is it traditional, but it’s also a lovely way to show your appreciation for all the support they’ve given you up to and including on your wedding day.
However, we digress. What we’re talking about today is unpicking the etiquette around wedding party gifts. Let’s take a look at what that includes:
- What gifts are appropriate?
Choosing the perfect present is hard. It relies on a combination of your budget, likes and dislikes and even their ability to transport it back home. Don’t feel like you need to spend the earth on a present. Nor should you feel obligated to get everyone the same gift. After all, one size never fits all!
If you’re still stuck on ideas, take a look at our article 5 Amazing Unique Bridesmaid Gift Ideas for inspiration. A personalised gift, one with their name or initials on is always nice. Gift cards for a day at the spa or even a handmade present are all lovely things to give to your bridal party.
- Whom should you give the gifts to?
Your wedding party consists of bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girls and pageboys if you have any. Each member should receive a gift, although they will differ!
- When should you give the gifts?
Tradition states that bridal party gifts be given during the rehearsal dinner. But with many couples choosing to forgo this, and for others with out of town bridal party members arriving on the wedding day, this isn’t an option. The morning of the wedding can be hectic but is a time you can guarantee seeing each member. Another time would be during the speeches when you can thank each member personally.
Or if you prefer a quieter moment, perhaps during a get-together the day following your wedding would work for you.
- Who is responsible for organising the gifts?
While your bridesmaids have done a fabulous job of organising parts of your wedding, don’t ask them to buy their own gifts! Usually, the bride purchases both the bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, organising their wrapping and delivery. It’s perfectly fine to give the groom the gifts to give to his guys though! Even though you are busy, find a moment to order your bridal party gifts online around four weeks before your wedding day.
Giving the members of your wedding party a present is a lovely way of saying thank you, and a beautiful memento of your special day. Perhaps you should consider giving yourself a present too!