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Wedding Gift-Giving 101

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.

The Bridesmaids

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.”

The Groom

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. 

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