Wedding Favors & Gifts – What You Need To Know Before You Buy

As the bride and groom, part of your responsibility is to buy special gifts for the wedding participants. These gifts are meant to show appreciation for their hard work that they provided during the planning of the wedding. Also, these wedding favors show your gratitude to them for being a good friend by standing up as a part of the wedding on your special day. Although couples want to buy something nice and unique for each person, knowing what to buy and for who can be challenging. Here is what you need to know before you buy.

Parent Gifts

Although buying a gift for the bride and groom's parents is not traditional, we see a growing number of couples wanting to show their gratitude in a public way to mom and dad. If you want to choose gifts for the parents, be selective. Purchase something unique for each person. These gifts do not have to be expensive but they should be something that will make a lasting impression.

Bride & Groom Gifts

Commonly, the bride will buy a gift for the groom and the groom will buy something for the bride. Although these gifts could be presented within days or even weeks before the wedding, a beautiful option is to have the special gift delivered to the other person the day of the wedding, usually at the church. Again, choose a gift that is special, sometimes a jewelry item that can be worn on the wedding day.

Bridesmaid Gifts & Groomsmen Gifts

The bridesmaids and groomsmen should have recognized for their involvement in the wedding. Typically, the maid of honor and best man are given unique gifts while the bridesmaids and groomsmen receive the same gift or gifts of equal value. For instance, a bride may purchase a personalized spa set for the maid of honor while the bridesmaids may be given monogrammed travel bags and jewelry pouches. The groom may give the best man a set of leather, monogrammed coasters while the groomsmen may be presented engraved glass mugs.

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Gifts

Even these individuals should receive something small, as a show of your appreciation. The ages of the flower girl and ring bearer are a consideration for what to buy. For example, if the children are around age three to six, then a $ 20 gift certificate to a local toy store is ideal.

Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors are bought for the guests that attend your wedding and reception as a memento and a "Thank You" for sharing your special day. These are not usually extravagant gifts, just a small token to let your guests know how much they mean to you. These wedding favors typically range from one to three dollars each. Of course, if your wedding is smaller you may have room in your budget to spend more per favor. Place card holders are very popular because they serve 3 purposes: they decorate your reception tables, they direct your guests to their seats, and they serve as wonderful mementos from your wedding day.

Gifts for Special Individuals

Many times, the bride and groom will have someone special in their lives, a person who was a huge shareholder in life. For instance, sometimes a special grandparent, aunt, or even a friend that did something extraordinary for them. In this case, a small token of appreciation is perfectly fine, although not necessary.

Some tips for choosing wedding favors and gifts include trying to keep them personal. In other words, rather than run into a store at the last minute to make sure you have a gift in hand, take your time to really consider the individual and choose something appropriate. If you find something online or through a company in another state or country, allow yourself ample time to order so the gift arrives before the wedding. It's a good idea attach a small, personal note with each gift to let the person know the reason he or she is so important in your life.

Finally, wedding gifts and favors give you a great opportunity to show your appreciation and gratitude to the people participating in your wedding. If you follow these suggestions, your wedding gifts will be more personal and, as a result, more meaningful to the people that mean the most to you.