Perfect Gifts for Your Wedding Entourage

Congratulations!! Your wedding day is over and you are now enjoying married life.  Your wedding day was probably a hectic, wonderful affair, in which your close friends and family played a huge role. Your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family aided you in the detailed planning process, helped make your actual wedding day run as smoothly as possible, and provided much-needed moral support. Make sure to thank these guardian angels for being there for you at one of the busiest (and happiest!) times of your life! If you prefer to give your gifts out at your rehearsal dinner and on the wedding day to you bridal party and parents, that also works, but there is no shame waiting for things to slow down before you send your bridal party their thank-yous. Regardless of your timing, check out a few of our favorite ways to thank those special friends and loved ones.

 

FOR THE GIRLS

Your bridesmaids are your dearest friends, and were undoubtedly an enormous help in getting ready for your special day! You can go to stores that carry thank you gifts specifically for bridal parties, search Etsy shops that allow you to get personal with your thank yous, or just go with what feels right for the members of your party. These fun floral tumblers are so pretty and will boost their moods just as they did for you as your bridesmaids. Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up in the morning?! Foxblossom Co. has beautiful gift box options that are a chic way to thank your girlfriends with gifts they will actually use. There are a variety of boxes, which include items like scented candles, nail polish, succulents, and ring dishes. To make things even more fun, you can customize certain items, like choosing what candle scent you’d like to send. This is a really lovely way to say “thank you!” to your maid of honor, bridesmaids, and flower girls (Foxblossom includes a gift box option specifically catering to the younger members of your bridal party!). For something personalized, look at these stunning initial necklace and earrings sets. These glamorous pieces will have them feeling as beautiful as you did on your wedding day. Finally, always include a handwritten thank you note to really show your bridesmaids just how much you appreciate their help and love. :-)

 

FOR THE GUYS

The groomsmen may not seem to play as big of a role as your bridesmaids, but they are a crucial support system for the groom, and are his best friends. Thank them for their hard work and dedication with personal gifts that really reflect the special relationship between the groom and his guys. These personalized whisky cubes and the flask are a super cool way to commemorate the groomsman’s role in your wedding. Another practical gift idea is a classic monogrammed travel bag - useful, spacious, and aesthetically pleasing.

 

FOR THE PARENTS

Your most important thank you is your parents. They have put incredible amounts of time, energy, love, and perhaps financial aid into making sure your wedding day was everything you wanted it to be. A sweet way to thank your parents is with a framed photo of the two of you from the wedding. This photo is an adorable example of one way in which you can get creative with the photo! You can also use a photo from the ceremony itself, like walking down the aisle, so make sure it is something that you think captures the special relationship you have with your family and how much you sincerely appreciated their support. Another idea is an activity-based gift, like tickets to go see a show! Your parents will probably have more free time once the wedding is over, so give them the chance to spend a relaxing and fun evening out. For something small that will also be well-used, get all of the parents pretty mugs with their role at the wedding on the cup (e.g., “Mother of the Groom”), along with the date of the wedding. They will appreciate anything you get them, even if it's just a sweet handwritten note to truly let them know how much you care!
 

Looking back on your wedding, you will think of being surrounded by loved ones, having a great time with people who deeply care about you. Your wedding could not have happened without the help of your bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, and the rest of your bridal party, so think about how you want to thank them and show your love and appreciation! Hopefully you will feel inspired by some of these gift ideas, so get out there and find those perfect gifts for those special people!

 

If you need more ideas like these, drop us a note at chelsea@illuminationevents.com-- we’d love to send you our free gift guide!

Xo,

The Sparkler