Who Gets a Gift from the Bride and Groom?

Aside from receiving gifts on your wedding day, proper wedding etiquette requires that you give a few gifts, too.

You may already be aware of the fact that the bride and groom generally give gifts to members of their wedding party as a thank you. But, by just giving gifts to your wedding party, you may be overlooking some very key people in your life or who have been a major asset to successfully planning your wedding.

To put your most gracious foot forward, we have assembled a full list of people you may want to consider gifting on, or in association with, your wedding day. While this list may seem long (and we aren’t suggesting that you give gifts to everyone on it), your wedding is the perfect time to show your appreciation to those who deserve it.

Traditional list:

  • Each Other – The bride and groom traditionally get gifts for each other
  • Parents and Stepparents (or other family members who stepped into these roles)
  • Maid of Honor / Bridesmaids / Junior Bridesmaids
  • Best Man / Groomsmen / Ushers
  • Flower Girls / Ring Bearers
  • Children of the Bride / Groom
  • Guests (wedding favors)

List of other people to consider:

  • Special Helpers – Any relative or friend who helped you with the wedding planning (i.e. allowed you to use their car, their house, or helped you score a major with your caterer)
  • Those who Performed Readings at your Wedding (or served in some other role)
  • Hosts / Hostesses of Parties & Showers
  • Welcome Baskets for Out of Town Guests or Destination Wedding Attendees


How to choose what to gifts to give

In case you missed it, recently we put together two blog posts on finding the perfect gifts for your wedding party:

Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

Finding the Perfect Groomsman Gifts

In order to ease the anxiety of gifting giving, we turned to Macy’s to find a selection of thoughtful gifts for those outside the immediate wedding party.

Here’s a collection of suggested gifts for all the other people who have assisted you with your nuptials.

Put a little pep in their work day, study session or laundry list of to-dos with kate spade new york's large spiral notebook covered in lush florals. $18
Show them your love with this beautiful heart pendant necklace by Unwritten which comes with an inspirations message. $60
This distinctive tower from Harry & David is filled with gourmet cakes, cookies and swirls handcrafted in the brand's own bakery by a team of artisan bakers. $150
This Earth Friendly 100% soy wax candle in a recycled wine bottle container is a great way to say, "Thank you." $35
Martha Stewart Collection's Whim Mugs feature curious creatures and fun, bright stripes adding a whimsical touch to their morning coffee. $13 each
Red pops in a chic, geometric pattern on this jewelry box from Jay Imports, complete with a chunky, gold-tone monogram letter for personalized style. $36
Crafted from silver-plated stainless steel, this adjustable bangle bracelet inscription reads: "If daughters were flowers I'd pick you.” $55
Shine on—this sleek, modern mug is designed in hammered copper plated stainless steel for the modern kitchen. $22.50
Cut to the fun! Picnic Time's Wine and Cheese collection incorporates hidden storage and essential tools into cutting boards as festive as they are functional. $60 to $75
Kids love cuddling with this ultra-soft and plush stuffed teddy bear from Gund and it’s machine washable. $25
Charming as can be, this necklace features a teddy bear pendant marked by pink enamel. Crafted in 14k gold. $250
Show someone your appreciation with a double scoop of raspberry sorbet. Set features raspberry sorbet shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath and high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine. It's a delicious way to say "thank you." $20
The bracelet that's transforming communities by empowering vulnerable women and inspiring good deeds around the world. Handcrafted by women and strung with 100 glass beads to count your good deeds. $30
The perfect gift to say thank you. Four blush-colored soaps, individually wrapped in a mix of signature prints, gently cleanse skin with a rich, creamy lather. A bright and complex mix — the epitome of tomboy chic. $48
Show Dad (or another special man in your life) your love and appreciation with these Love Knot cuff links. On sale for $99
Only at Macy's - For a sweet addition to their home or office space, Home Design Studio's paperweight features a heart and "love" graphic in contemporary style. $20
Conquer every cocktail request! This classic stainless steel bar set has the tools they’ll need to mix and serve drinks with professional flair. $58

Looking for more inspiration?

Jump on over to Macy’s Gift Giving Guide. They have a large selection of thank you gifts for you to choose from.

Also, check out our Pinterest page, it’s full of awesome inspiration on all things related to weddings!


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