Being a part of the wedding party has its fair share of responsibilities. Which means you might want to get your friends and family a thoughtful gift to express your appreciation.
We spoke to a few of the premier wedding planners in Minneapolis-St. Paul to get their ideas and inspiration on the best gifts for your wedding party.
However, before you go shopping, you should make a list of everyone you would like to thank and budget accordingly. Event planner Jessica Wonders recommends that gifts only add up to two to three percent of your total wedding budget. And the earlier you plan out your gifts, the less you’ll have to stress about them later on!
For the Bridal Party
Jennae Saltzman, the owner of the wedding planning company Blush & Whim, suggests getting your bridal party something they can wear or use on the day of the wedding. “It makes everyone feel special and you get great photos of those memories as well,” she says.
You can never go wrong with jewelry. Try to get them something meaningful, such as a necklace from The Giving Keys at Fourpost. This brand supports a great cause and their necklaces express love and appreciation.
Or make your bridal party a beauty and self-care kit that they can use long after your wedding day. We suggest putting a jade facial roller and loofah soap from Honey Belle, a clay face mask from Buddy Scrub, and a lipstick from Karity in these cute cosmetic bags from B + D Custom Crafts—all of which you can find at Fourpost.
If you don’t want to give physical gifts, the owner of Lasting Impressions Weddings, Sarah Trotter, suggests experiences. “A Spa Day for your bridesmaids, a future date to a restaurant to reconnect after the wedding, etc. are all very popular,” she says.
For the Grooms Party
For the grooms party, think unique and useful. You don’t have to get them a traditional gift and their gifts don’t even all have to be the same.
“Think about every member of your wedding party as separate people and what they would like to have,” Sarah says.
If you stop by Fourpost, you can order whiskey glasses monogrammed with your groomsmens’ initials from B + D Custom Crafts.
Plus, you can pair them with the Old-Fashioned cocktail kit from W&P.
However, if you’d prefer to give an experience and make some memories with your friends, Jessica has a great suggestion. “One time I had a groom take his groomsmen, his father, and the bride’s father to the racetrack the morning of the wedding. I know that’s an experience they will never forget,” she says.
For the Parents
Whether or not your parents are paying for the wedding, you should get them something special. Jennae says that parents love gifts like photo albums or a personalized item that means something to both of you.
For example, you could engrave a LAMOSE water bottle at Fourpost with a photo of you and your fiancé.
Or give them a way to make instant memories at your wedding with a Polaroid Originals camera.
For the Littlest Members of Your Party
If you have a young flower girl or ring bearer, give them something to play with during the reception.
The Calm Mind Kit from Rose & Rex will help keep them calm and happy throughout a long day.
Keep your whole party happy on your wedding day with a sweet treat from Dearest Baker at Fourpost. Or order ahead to get a macaron tower for your reception!
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