It is common tradition to give a special gift to the bridesmaids or the groomsmen who participate in the wedding party of someone’s marriage ceremonies. Most times, this gift is predictable – a flask for the guys, a picture frame for the girls. More times than not, there is little practical purpose for the gift, which is usually inscribed, and it is quickly shelved or ditched. Go the extra mile and give something great to the people who made your wedding ceremony so special.
Wedding party gifts don’t have to be predictable trinkets. Go big – have fun!
Get Edibles that Keep on Giving
As discussed in the article “Pamper Foodies with Edible Gifts,” wine, meat and other elegant delectables can be better than any one-and-done trinket. Consider a gift that keeps on giving, such as a blank-of-the-month club subscription.
They come in all varieties, flavors and tastes. Some subscriptions enable you to shower your wedding party once a month with tea. Some send them a new bacon every month. For the drinkers in your party, there is craft whiskey or micro-brewed beer. Pickles, chocolate, pie, cheese – you name it, and someone has a subscription-based gift that gives your wedding party a handsomely-packed new treat every thirty days or so. The best part? Once you buy, you don’t have to do anything except wait for the thank-yous to come pouring in when they get reminded how awesome you are every month.
A Day at the Spa
It’s natural and traditional to get the members of the wedding party something tangible, something they can hold and have to remember your wedding ceremony. But something that feels good is more memorable than a token trinket. Treat them to a massage, a pedicure, a spa day – whatever. Leave it open-ended and let them decide from choices on a menu.
Make it an Event
Get them tickets to a play – or a ballgame or a ballet or whatever their interests are. This is a tricky one, because giving tickets to an event as a gift obligates the recipient to do something and go somewhere. Make sure it’s something that they’ll love, and not a chore they’re doing because they don’t know how to say no.
A day at the spa, a massage or a mani/pedi is an awesome, memorable gift.
Asking friends and family to be in the wedding party at your marriage ceremonies is an honor – and it can be an expensive commitment. It’s traditional to get them something to show your appreciation. But if you’re going to do something, do something fun, exciting and memorable. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just meaningful and fun.
Andrew Lisa is a freelance event writer. He covers wedding planning and corporate event planning.