When we talked about who gets a gift from the bride and groom, we received many follow-up questions from our readers which we love to receive! One of our favorite questions came from bride-to-be, Melissa, who wanted to know how much to spend on wedding party gifts. Great question! Read on to find out the answer, get a few pointers on successful wedding party gift-giving, and be inspired by spa-worthy finds. Plus, you can win an aromatherapy gift basket made with organic products by JenSan Home and Body, a $95 value! Read on for more…
How Much to Spend on Wedding Party Gifts
The question of how much to spend on wedding party gifts isn’t nearly as important as what the gift will represent. For instance, if you spent an large amount of money on each gift – say $300 for instance – the gift would not necessarily be more appreciated than a $20 gift just because it cost more. The best gifts are those which have been hand-picked specifically for the recipient. On the other side of the spectrum, a guideline of approximately $35 to $100 per attendant is pretty standard. Of course, this is just an estimate and you may spend less or more, depending on your budget. If you opt instead for a service gift – like a massage, a pedicure, manicure, or salon service – your cost will be variable. You may even get a discount for multiple gift certificates purchased at once (I always check here for deals and discounts).
When Giving A Wedding Party Gift, Be…
Hand-pick the item specifically for the individual. Not all bridesmaids share the same taste in jewelry; don’t buy a piece she won’t wear again. Stay away from pieces that say ‘Groomsmen’ or ‘Bridesmaid’ on the front, as these items most likely will never be used again after the wedding.
Ask yourself: will he/she actually use it? If the answer is maybe, look for something more fitting.
Be generous. Don’t concern yourself so much with the cost of an item; consider how your recipient will feel when the gift is given unto them. Make sure your gift is a sincere token of your appreciation. A gift – no matter how small – is a sweet gesture and will be appreciated by your attendants. Anne Frank said it best: “No one has ever become poor by giving.“
Each gift should equate to a similar amount. Even if one of your groomsmen would love a shiny new golf club, your other groomsmen may be slightly less impressed with a funny t-shirt. Same goes for your bridesmaids!
For Little Ones
Don’t forget to give gifts to the Ring Bearer and Flower Girl! Give gifts that are age-suitable such as a toy, game, or a book. The cost of a toy or gift will be much less than a wedding party attendant typically around $15-20. If you’re not sure, ask their parents for suggestions. Also, you may wish to give the gift after the ceremony so they aren’t tempted to play with the toy during it.
The best gifts you can give are handmade, hence why we’re a little crazy over handmade weddings here at Emmaline Bride. And, what can be more appropriate during the (sometimes) stressful wedding planning process than an aromatherapy gift? One of our Featured Artisans, JenSan Home and Body, offers a collection of luxurious handmade spa products for gift-giving to a MOH, bridesmaid, mom, or even for yourself as a little post-wedding treat. They even have some amazing wedding favor ideas (check them out here). We’ve hand-picked a few of our favorite finds:
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