Wedding Party Gifts Ideas
Wedding party gifts are traditionally given as a “thank you” to the participants in the bride and groom’s big day. Generally, the best man and maid/matron of honor have additional duties and deserve particular appreciation so their gifts are often distinguished from the rest of the party’s.
There are many types of wedding party gifts to choose from so the bridal couple is free to consider certain factors of the decision according to their unique set of priorities. The couple needs to take into account the number of wedding party gifts that need to be purchased, the overall personality of their wedding party, the budget and their own preference for what their closest friends and family standing with them should have. Wedding party gifts can either be different for the male and female participants or be the same item for all.
Many people opt for engraved wedding party gifts because they can be personalized and serve as a more personal gift even though the same item is being given to more than one person. Some items that are particularly good engraved wedding party gifts would include key chains, flasks, mugs, stemware or glasses.
More casual or whimsical personalized items can be beverage coolers, t-shirts, coffee mugs and baseball caps. Tradition does not really dictate whether the wedding party gifts are practical or fun, but to not give them is a serious breach of etiquette.
Wedding party gifts don’t have to be tangible items. A great way to say “thank you” may be a spa gift certificate or restaurant gift card. Traditionally, the wedding party gifts are items that will last for years symbolizing the long-lasting contribution to the marriage. Couples should not feel needlessly tied to this tradition, though.
Giving wedding party gifts that will make good memories for the members of the wedding party can be just as meaningful. The important thing to remember is that the wedding party gifts should not appear to be an afterthought. They are supposed to be chosen with care, appreciation and love. So, if the couple does go the less traditional route, the wedding party gifts must be worthy of the appreciation and love meant to be expressed.
The budget the couple sets for the wedding party gifts can vary in size for any number of reasons. It is important to remember that wedding party members usually have to spend their own money to participate in the wedding. The more responsible positions of best man and maid/matron of honor usually bear the cost of the bachelor party and the bridal shower respectively which is why their wedding party gifts are generally distinguished from the other party members.