There is no doubt that there are many people involved in your wedding.
Without their help, it would not be the very special day we are sure it will turn out to be.
There are many members of the wedding party you will want to thank and may wish to purchase a little gift for. To help with this task, we’ve listed all of the key members of the bridal and wedding party, as well as significant others who may be helping to make your wedding dreams come true.
Use this handy checklist to get your thank you gifts organised and ready for your big day.
What does it mean to be part of a wedding?
Being ‘part of a wedding’ can mean many things. It often refers to those who have made a significant contribution or who are part of the ‘wedding party’. They traditionally receive a gift to thank them for being part of the actual wedding, but also, as a way to thank them for their love and support in the lead up or organisation of the the big day.
Wedding favours are also popular for guests – small gifts that wedding guests are given as a keepsake or to enjoy at the wedding breakfast, such as a small box of chocolates, personalised sweets, candles or wildflower seeds.
Who to buy special gifts for on your wedding day
Ultimately it is up to you, as a couple, to decide who you wish to buy gifts for.
There may be many people that have helped with your wedding planning and organisation, so do take moment to consider who you would like to thank with a gift or show special appreciation too.
Below is a list of people who are traditionally given gifts on the wedding day. This may be as part of the speeches at the wedding breakfast. However, remember this is your day and your gifts, so decide whom and when suits your plans…and your plans only.
Maid of Honour
The maid of honour is often the bride’s best friend or sister and their role can be very broad from helping the bride to get ready on the morning of the wedding and looking after younger bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys on the day; through to helping with the organisation of the hen do.
For many brides, thanking your maid of honour is not just about their direct help with the wedding, but a long time (even a life time) of support.
You may have older and younger bridesmaids – those who are dear friends, as well as those whom are relatives.
Remember you don’t have to buy the same gift for all of your bridesmaids – you can make it bespoke to their individual personality and their roles in your big day. You can choose a gift which is given after the wedding ceremony or before, that they can use or wear during the day itself.
Flower Girls and Page Boys
Often younger (and super cute!), choosing a gift for the children who will be your flower girls and page boys can be lots of fun.
One top tip is to choose something they can do – such a colouring, a puzzle or small game, during the “slower” (…or kids' version..."boring!") parts of the wedding day, such as the speeches and photographs.
You can also choose a gift that they can keep – something they will appreciate as they get older – a reminder of their part in your wedding day.
The best man often plays a key role in keeping everyone organised and doing as they should…as well as, traditionally, being asked to give a speech at the wedding breakfast. For some, this can be incredibly daunting.
Your best man will also no doubt supported the wedding plans, will help the groom to get ready and be on time on the morning of the wedding…as well as throw a fun (and, hopefully, responsible!) stag do.
As with your maid of honour, the best man is often a best friend or brother of the groom and a thank you gift can reflect a long-lasting friendship and strong relationship too.
Ushers and Groomsmen
As fellow friends and relations, your ushers and groomsmen may play a significant role in ensuring that your wedding day goes smoothly.
We know many occasions when the bride and groom have thought everything on their wedding day went absolutely perfectly thanks to the best man, ushers, groomsmen and other members of the wedding party fixing little hiccups, without the bride and groom even noticing.
With this in mind, choose a special thank you gift in advance that shows how grategful you are for those ‘super powers’ to ensure you both have the perfect day.
Mother of the Bride
It is very traditional to give a gift to the mother of the bride. However, in modern times, all of the parents of the couple are often presented with a little gift to say thank you for their role in the wedding. The gifts also show gratitude for support with the organisation and for all they have done in getting you to this important milestone in your life.
If your parents are together then you may wish to buy a gift they can enjoy as a couple. If not, and perhaps you have special step parents too, you can include a gift for them as well.
From a professional wedding planner to the super organised best friend who has been there from engagement through to the morning of the wedding….thank that person who has ensured everything is organised, well-planned and kept you both calm.
Unfortunately, planning a wedding is often stressful and can feel overwhelming, so anyone who has offered to help…from stuffing invitations in envelopes to listening to you complain about the difficulties of pulling together the table plan...may deserve a little gift!
Significant Contributors and Wedding Suppliers
Beyond the helpers, you may also have had people who have made significant contributions to your wedding and you want to mark their addition.
It may be a family friend who made your wedding cake; a cousin who designed your invitations; a local florist who you have known for years who is creating the most spectacular wedding flower displays and bouquet; or a very special aunt or grandmother who has made or adjusted your wedding dress and outfits for other members of the wedding party.
You may also want to choose a small gift for your vicar, imam, celebrant or another marriage officiant, who has taken the time to get to know you both and performs your wedding ceremony in a way that is really personal to you both.
There could be a myriad of people who played a small part in your wedding day but have made a real impact on how you will remember this time. Why not choose them something really lovely as a thank you.
Each other – the bride and groom
And finally…last but certainly not least…and often forgotten…buy a little gift for each other.
You can swap these in the wedding car on the way to your reception or once you finally reach your hotel room, as a married couple – a time when it’s just the two of you.
Choose something that shows how well you know each other and how excited you are to start your new lives together.
Thank you gifts for your wedding day
We hope this is a useful checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anyone important or significant when it comes to buying thank you gifts to organise or hand out on your wedding day.
At hampers.com, you can order multiple gifts easily online, to suit a wide range of tastes and spend.
The hampers can all be delivered to you, for handing out personally on the day. Or, they can be delivered on your specified date, to a number of different addresses, if you’d prefer.
Let's making buying thank you gifts for your wedding party one little job on the long wedding planning to do list which is both fun and easy to complete.
Whatever you choose….whomever you are buying for…importantly, we hope you have the most wonderful wedding day.