Weddings aren't planned in a day, they take a lot of work and a lot of emotionally energy to get done! So much of that hard work is from your friends, family and bridal party, as well as you as a couple. And what better way to say thank you to those people than with a token of your appreciation. Today, we're looking at perfect gift ideas for your wedding party and your guests!
They have planned your hen party, helped you address your invites, most likely helped you go to the bathroom - these ladies deserve a big thank you. Go for a mix of personal, useful and sentimental in your gifts for the girls. This clutch from Lily Belle comes in an array of colours to suit each bridesmaid, and can be personalised with their name or even a message. Fill it with mini-gifts like a mirror with a thank you message on the back, their favourite shade of lipstick and a token piece of jewellery.
The key is to try not to get the exact same gift for each bridesmaid - respect their individuality and add a personal touch to each one, even if it's a hand written note to thank them for the specific things they have done for you throughout this crazy journey to the aisle.
The best thing to remember for your main guys is that utility is priority. In my experience, the most well-received gifts for men at weddings have been ones that they can use or consume! But that's not to say it needs to be boring. Shindigg have some great personalised wine boxes that you can fill with their favourite tipple. But if you're keen to go with something a little more sentimental, have a look at these great looking prints tailored to each person. How fab would those look on their wall?
Here's when you really want to go for the sentiment. These lovely people have been through the tears and the smiles, the ups and the downs - and that was just planning your wedding. This is a big day for them too and they will want to have something truly special to remember it. Consider photographic gifts, personalised gifts - play into the emotion of the day and it will be much appreciated. These photo boxes are such a great gift and they can be filled with the best photos from the wedding day. Or consider rewarding them for such hard work and support by treating them to an experience like wine tasting or a chocolate making workshop!
For Your Guests
Ah, favours. Once a wedding must-have, and now it's more of a 'take it or leave it' situation. But I must say I'm in the pro-favour camp, with some rules attached. Favours need to be thought through - there's no point just wasting money on something you might think is pretty or useful. Think about how it will look on your table settings. Can you double up your favours with your place names? Does it work with your theme and design for the day? Rule of thumb is, order something great looking and edible, like these personalised cookies by Nila Holden or fancy lollipops by The Little Lollipop Shop. They look fab and you just know no-one is going to be leaving theirs behind.
For Each Other
Don't forget the most important person in this event - your new spouse! Yes, the gift of a lifetime together should probably be enough, but it's a really sweet idea to give each other a token to remember the day. Maybe it's something you leave for them to open on the morning of the wedding, or a gift for the day after. For him, perhaps some cufflinks from Posh Totty with your wedding date on them to wear on the day, or if you're feeling bold, consider a boudoir pre-wedding photoshoot and sending one of the best photos to him (secretly!) on the morning of your wedding!
For a fun treat, surprise each other with a honeymoon experience for when you get there - a romantic sunset dinner, scuba diving, or a couples spa day.