In collaboration with Warby Parker
Planning your dream wedding can be exhilarating and gratifying, but can also feel chaotic and stressful. While choices such as venue, types of invitations, live band or DJ, and catering seem to devour time and energy, smaller decisions, like wedding party gifts, may fall by the wayside. Your friends, your family – all hand-picked as your nearest and dearest, deserve more than a standard “thank you” card. What do you give the people who have been with you through the thick and thin of wedding planning? Here are a few gift ideas that will show your appreciation to the wedding parties on your special day!
Drinks and Accessories
For those bridesmaids or groomsmen who put the party in wedding party, engraved flasks or wine glasses are a surefire hit. An artisanally-crafted rocks glass or champagne flute exudes elegance, and will always remind the recipient not only of your wedding day, but also the bond that you share with each other. If you want to go beyond drinking receptacles, a nice bottle of wine or an aged whiskey will delight your maid of honor or best man. Accessories, such as whiskey rocks or a wine aerator can help to improve the experience! For those who don’t imbibe, a personalized, monogrammed demitasse or coffee mug can added a stylish touch to your favorite coffee guru or tea aficionado.
Few home decorum accessories can accentuate and add to a mood better than candles. Ambient and fragrant, a nice candle can help a room come alive, while providing sensory aromatics to calm and relax. With the increased prevalence of “masculine” candles, including woody musks and smoky scents, your groomsmen will appreciate the touch of domestic elegance and relaxation for their man cave. Lavender and eucalyptus-scented candles can offer a tranquil environment, perfect for meditation or a bath for your maid of honor! With these thoughtful gifts of wax and wick, you can bring a sense of calmness and coziness, with subtle spice up any room with ambience for your friends and family.
Accessorizing can make or break an outfit, so being mindful of tasteful and classy additives is crucial should you decide to gift any accessories! For your groomsmen, consider a set of cufflinks, tie bar, or patterned socks to stand out from the crowd. A vintage-inspired pattern like argyle, polka dots, or stripes can add flare to a stark suit, with cufflinks and tie bars offering another focal point within the context of the outfit. For the bridesmaids, handmade jewelry, such as beaded necklaces, earrings, and bracelets can provide a loving touch to the ensemble. Also, the gift of sunglasses can offer a chic, fresh new look on traditional wedding party gifts, and will serve as a reminder to your friends whenever the sun is shining! They say, “variety is the spice of life,” and surely the wordsmiths were thinking of accessorizing when the phrase was coined!
By the time the planning is done, the cake is baked, and the guests arrive, we remember what’s so very special about weddings. As the couple prepares to exchange their vows and say, “I do,” it’s hard to not admire the hard work it takes to put the ceremony together! Taking time to show gratitude and simply say, “thanks,” goes a long way – and giving gifts to your closest crew will show how much you care. Whether it’s an elegant keepsake to cherish or a stylish item for any ensemble, giving gifts to your best friends and family is the perfect way to demonstrate your gratitude and thank them for their support and friendship.