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If you’re in the final stages of planning your wedding, you probably have numerous tasks to attend to. You may even need the help of your bridal crew to get everything ready for the big day.
At some point, the question of whether or not you should give thank-you gifts to your friends will likely arise. The answer is a definite YES for a variety of reasons.
Why You Should Give
Your attendants are putting time and effort into your celebration. Even if you have asked very little of them, chances are that they’ve had to spend a decent amount of money to purchase dresses or rent a tux for the wedding day.
On top of that, they may have to take time off from work in order to come to the wedding, the rehearsal dinner and other events related to the celebration. In most cases, your crew also pays at least a few hundred dollars to go to the bachelorette or bachelor party as well as for your wedding gifts. Some may need to book transportation and hotel rooms if you decide to have your wedding out of town.
Giving a gift is a way to let them know that you are thankful for the time, effort and money they’ve spent for you and your partner.
How Much Gifts Cost
The amount of money that you spend on your bridal party is going to depend upon a few factors, such as what you can afford and how much they’ve spent for the wedding.
The best way to save money on these gifts is to shop for them in advance or in bulk. You can have them personalized with initials later on for a more individual touch. Shop around and compare their prices online to get a better deal especially if you are buying in bulk.
When to Give
The most common time to distribute bridal party gifts is during the rehearsal dinner. This celebration is usually more intimate than the wedding itself. Many couples stand up to give a small speech of thanks to their bridal party members. In the event that you are not having a rehearsal dinner, you could host a small thank-you luncheon for your wedding entourage.
What to Give
You should decide the types of gifts to give based on the personalities of your friends. Remember that you want to show them that you know them, love them and appreciate them.
Opting for personalized gifts for your groomsmen and bridesmaids can accomplish that goal. Try to stay away from gift cards because you also want to show that you put effort into the present. Gift cards can seem as though you thought about them at the last minute and just stopped to pick up the first thing you saw.
Whether or not you should give gifts to your bridal party members is an easy decision. They have allotted their time, energy and money on your wedding, and thanking them with a present should be an easy decision.