Wedding Gift Guide

30+ Ideas for Bridesmaid Gifts, Vendor Gifts and More

Who should I include on my wedding gift list? 

Gift giving is an extension of Southern hospitality. Giving wedding favors shows that you love and appreciate your guests who’ve traveled to your wedding, the members of your wedding party who’ve been part of your special day and the vendors who have provided their services. But, you might be thinking ‘What should I give as wedding gifts?‘ That’s why we’re sharing this list of our top wedding gift ideas.

Keep scrolling for 30+ wedding gift ideas that your loved ones will appreciate and enjoy!

Wedding Guest Welcome Bags

  • Welcome Bags We think it’s a nice touch to give some local and personal gifts to each guest, especially those who are traveling to your wedding from out of town. This could include locally sourced gifts, treats like chocolates or gourmet food items from a local vendor. Or, curate your welcome bag around a town-specific theme – which the folks at Small Batch Gallery + Goods will happily compile for you. Order a custom tote bag with your wedding date on it. Fill them up with snacks, candy, water, a small bottle of bubbly, tiny toiletries and a printed weekend itinerary. You could even enlist your stationer to create custom weekend plans, maps of the area and more!
  • For the Wedding Party – Next up, etiquette calls for a gift to each member of the wedding party. They have, after all, gone above and beyond for your wedding. Your besties are going to be exhausted from all the wedding fun. Show them some love with a luxurious set of pajamas or silky robe. Self-care products are a great bridesmaid gift or groomsmen thank-you. Body scrubs and tea from Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary are the perfect – and relaxing – self-care gift. Or, spring for candles, monogrammed tumblers, or even a sparkly set of earrings to wear on the big day.

Wedding Gift Ideas for Parents Plus Your Soon-to-Be Spouse

  • For Your Vendors – We might be biased, but we also love the idea of thanking your wedding vendors for all they’ve done with a gift plus a tip for service vendors. Your wedding vendors have worked hard to make your big day a dream come true. A small yet thoughtful gift goes a long way to expressing your gratitude. First, you should write them a thank-you note.
  • For Your Significant Other – A gift exchange between you and your partner is also a tradition. Before you buy a gift for your betrothed, discuss with them if you want to participate in a gift exchange. If not, writing love letters is a way to express your feelings without adding to your budget. Read your letters to each other during your first touch, first look or before your ceremony.
  • For Parents – Show your parents that you appreciate all they’ve done to help you with your wedding. Present them with a sentimental gift that will show your gratitude. Consider these gift options: a custom framed wedding day photo, a local wine subscription, personalized cutting boards, a gift card to their favorite restaurant, tickets to see their favorite band or a weekend retreat at a cozy bed-and-breakfast! (After all, they’ll need to put their feet up when the wedding is over, too!) Check out Small Batch Gallery + Goods for curated gift boxes filled with local goodies. 

More Wedding Gift Ideas 

For Groomsmen – If you’re drawing a blank on what to give your groomsmen, here are our top groomsmen gift ideas! Gift your best friends something classy or hilarious – why not both? Consider giving your groomsmen personalized whiskey glasses or flasks. If your friends don’t drink, opt for funky socks or a handsome tie or bow tie to wear on the big day. 

More Gifts for Vendors – If your vendors did a fantastic job, a great “gift” is to write them a positive review online. Then, recommend them to other engaged couples. This isn’t a physical gift, but it’s sure to put a smile on their faces. Doing this might even help them connect with other couples who are interested in their services.

More Gift Ideas For Your Significant Other – You know your partner best. Think about a gift they’d love to have but might not buy for themselves. This could be a new watch or pair of earrings. Or, have an inside joke stitched on a pillow! Day-of wedding gifts ideas: buy them a perfume that will be worn on the day, or gift a framed photo of yourself.

Gifts for Newlyweds – If you’re buying wedding gifts for the couple, checking out their wedding gift registry is a no-brainer. Start with selecting something that the couple has expressed that they need. Then, make your gift personalized. For example, gift the newlyweds that set of towels you know they need, then embellish with handmade soap and a shower bluetooth speaker. The last thing you want to do is buy them a third, unwanted crockpot. 

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