Weddings and the days leading up to them are brimming with traditions. From the engagement party and rehearsal dinner to the first dance and cutting of the cake, most of the things people do for their weddings come from centuries of customs and beliefs. Getting a gift for your bride or groom is just another of the many traditions that couples love to follow.
Whatever you do, make sure to have a discussion about whether or not you’re going to buy each other wedding gifts ahead of time. The last thing you want is to receive a thoughtful gift from your bride-to-be without having anything to return.
For the Bride
Personally, my favorite bridal gift is some type of bracelet, like a tennis bracelet or this “Something Blue” rock candy bracelet from Objets d’Envy, made with Swarovski crystals.
Other wedding-appropriate jewelry (I.E. jewelry that’s dressy enough to be worn on your wedding day) includes diamonds or a string of pearls. You can also get her a necklace with a pendant that has her new initials engraved on it or jewelry with her birthstone.
If you know that your fiancee is dead-set on what accessories she’s wearing for the big day, buy her an ornate jewelry box to keep her wedding jewelry in once you’re married.
For the Groom
Stick-on shoe decals that say things like, “I’m Taken” or “I’m With Her” adhere to the bottom of his dress shoes. You can also get him an engraved watch or money clip, a monogrammed handkerchief or cufflinks to wear during the wedding. If you opt for cufflinks, make sure he’s going to be wearing a shirt that you can put cufflinks through.
More Gift Ideas
Nothing sparking your interest yet? Consider these gift ideas, too:
- Perfume or cologne
- Tickets to an event or activity you’ll both enjoy, like a concert or a biplane ride. This is a great way to kick off a marriage and create your very first fun memory as husband and wife.
- A small house plant or tree sapling is the traditional bride and groom’s gift in Bermuda and the Netherlands.
- Buy something for the honeymoon, like. “Mr.” and “Mrs.” luggage tags or snorkeling equipment.
- Some of the best gifts are personal and meaningful. Think about your better half’s favorite hobbies and pastimes to choose the perfect customized present. For example, if you’re marrying a writer, she’ll likely love a pretty journal and a fountain pen.
When to Exchange Gifts
You have three options for when to exchange gifts with each other: the night before the wedding, the morning of the wedding or after the reception. Part of your decision will depend on whether or not you want the moment photographed. If you want it captured, make sure you plan to exchange gifts at some point when your photographer is around. If you’re giving your fiancee jewelry for the wedding day, you may want to exchange gifts a week or two before the wedding day. That way, she can plan her other accessories around your gift.
Do I Have To?
Don’t want to get each other gifts because being married is gift enough? You don’t have to! The traditional bride and grooms gifts are just that: a tradition. Plus, since it’s a private tradition, nobody will even notice that you skipped over it.