It’s no secret that weddings can be expensive, so there’s no need to feel obligated to go all-out giving gifts to every person involved during your special day. It is your day, after all. But giving a small token of your thanks can show you care and acknowledges your special friends and family - new and old.
The Mother of the Groom
Gifts for your future mom-in-law range can be sentimental and pretty, or useful and wearable. Charms, engraved jewelry, or a hand-painted poem print from your favorite boutique are sure to bring a tear to her eye.
Consider paying for your bridesmaids’ shoes or jewelry as a token of your appreciation for their involvement in the festivities. Or if you’ve got the budget, a personalized tote or makeup bag or a monogrammed robe make excellent gifts to commemorate the occasion.
The Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
For your tiniest wedding participants, consider a personalized stuffed animal with their name or your wedding date monogrammed on it. Ring bearers will love a “ring security” badge and t-shirt, or even a personalized baseball or football to remember the day of their big, important job.
The Photographers & Musicians
Wedding photographers will be surprised to receive a gift like a cute camera charm necklace or photography-themed coffee mug. Better yet, leave them a note of thanks with your final payment along with the promise to leave a raving review on their social media channels. Nothing says “thank you” better than a good referral.
The Minister of the Ceremony
Most wedding officiants charge a small fee, but why not include a “tip” like a restaurant gift card for them to take their other half on a date, or perhaps a fancy tie with the saying, “This knot couldn’t have been tied without you.”
A handwritten note for the groom before the wedding day can also be paired with a scrapbook of memories from your dating days, cuff links to wear during the ceremony, a new watch engraved with your wedding date, or a bottle of his favorite cologne.
Kennan is a wife and stay-at-home mom to Jaxson and Caden. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and has many years of experience as a writer and photographer. She now uses her skills to run Marken Media Co.(www.markenmediaco.com), a company she owns with her husband Marcus.