So much planning goes into planning your special day. But after all of that planning, the one thing everyone can agree on being the best part is the memories made from all the love and support from your friends and family! Your friends, family, groomsmen, bridesmaids, personal attendants – you name it – are the ones who have supported you since you got engaged. Now your special day is finally here and they’re as ready as ever to finally celebrate! Simply saying thank you is always appreciated. However, these heartfelt gift ideas are really going to make your loved ones feel special. You most likely have so many people as part of your support system to thank. So, how do you pick out the perfect gift for each person? Follow these steps and suggestions to help you put together your gifts!
Step 1: Establish a Budget
The first thing to think about is how much you want to spend. Keep in mind that the people you are buying gifts for have helped you plan since the day you got engaged. Between all of the engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, dress shopping/tux rentals, and rehearsal, they are spending a lot of time and money to be a part of your wedding! There is no reason to go beyond your means, but make sure to put a lot of thought into a gift they will cherish forever. We recommend $50-$150 for an average gift price-point.
Step 2: Decide When You Will Distribute Gifts
Below are a few opportunities we suggest giving out the gifts:
- Bridal Shower
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
Whether you choose one of the options above, it’s always so much fun to have everyone open their gifts together and see their reactions!
Where To Start With Researching Gifts
There are many options to choose from when it comes to deciding what to give everyone. At the end of the day, it’s up to you, so buy what you know they will love! To start, it’s always a good idea to do a practical gift – something that they can use either the day of the wedding and/or after. The first option that comes to mind is apparel. For the ladies, think jewelry! Your bridesmaids, mother, and flower girl may be looking for some accessories to go with their dresses, so this is always a great option. For men, fun apparel is always a popular item. These could be customized socks, ties, or watch bands!
Gift Ideas For Bridesmaids:
Be sure to check out Etsy.com for any of the below options:
- Customized champagne glasses
- Our personal favorite is a well-put-together gift box with various items they will love! Etsy.com
Gift Ideas for Groomsmen:
Again, Etsy.com is your go-to for anything to be customized, but don’t forget about local vendors in the Omaha area:
- Watch Bands
- Customized flasks
- We also love this customized bottle opener keychain from zazzle.com!
Gift Ideas for the Mother of the Bride/Groom:
Your mother is without a doubt your biggest supporter helping you plan it all! Make sure to put a lot of thought into this gift:
- Kendra Scott Jewelry is always beautiful!
- If they like their wine, a nice bottle of wine or wine basket including a customized glass would be perfect.
Gift Ideas for the Father of the Bride/Groom:
If you are the bride, your father has to do one of the hardest jobs of his life: giving his daughter away at the altar. If you are the groom, your dad might be your best friend and who you have always looked up to make you the man you are today! Here is what we would suggest for a very important man in your life:
- A customized handkerchief will be much appreciated on the day of the wedding.
- We also love this customized photo tie patch from Etsy!
Gift Ideas for Flower Girl/Ring Bearer:
Last but not least, you definitely want to put a gift together for the little cuties walking (or crying) down the aisle. The gifts you get them does depend on the age, but every kid will appreciate anything to make them feel special:
- Snacks are a MUST! This will make the parent’s jobs easier so they can give their kiddos a snack while they’re patiently waiting to walk down the aisle. Bring out the goldfish and fruit snacks!
- A customized sippy cup is also a cute idea!
- For ring bearers, we love the idea of “ring security briefcases”. This is the perfect opportunity to fill it with items!
Planning a wedding can take a lot of work, but we hope these tips and ideas have helped you think about how to thank your closest friends and family that will make your day as special as ever!
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