Before either of you walk down the aisle, it’s a common tradition for the bride and groom to exchange gifts as a little memento of their day and a way of saying “I love you” before the vows. You can be as extravagant as you like but for many a love letter or something little and fun is a popular choice.
These gifts are usually exchanged the morning of the wedding and delivered by the best man or bridesmaid, to ensure the bride and groom don’t see each other before the ceremony. If you’re struggling what gift to exchange with your partner, then here are a few suggestions:
Gifts for the bride
Splurge: Diamond jewellery
Beautiful diamond necklaces and bracelets are a popular choice for the bride, and a new glittering pendant can be a gift intended to be worn on the day – just be sure to check with the Mother of the bride first to ensure she hasn’t picked out bridal jewellery yet. Personalised jewellery is also a popular choice, perhaps have the back of a necklace inscribed with your initials or the date of the wedding.
Save: Breakfast delivery
Surprise the bride and her wedding party with breakfast, delivered by the best man or the place it is purchased from. A Starbucks order (featuring her favourite drink of course) plus a selection of pastries is a good call and a thoughtful gift she’ll appreciate – just be sure to check with her wedding party if breakfast has been organised or not!
Something small: Love letter
A hand written note letting her know how much you love and care for her is going to result in some wet eyes and excitement for the day ahead. Be clever and have it delivered by post or get her Mum or bridesmaids to give it to her when she gets up in the morning.
Gifts for the groom
Splurge: Designer accessories
Like the diamond jewellery, a snazzy new watch is a great gift for the groom-to-be. Add a cheeky little note – “don’t be late!” – and it can be worn on the day as an extra special accessory. Something for the honeymoon is another great option, what about a pair of designer sunglasses if you’re heading somewhere sunny, or a luxury washbag to keep all his toiletries together?
If you’re groom is a music buff, then grab a copy of your song on vinyl to gift to him on the morning of the wedding. If he’s at home, he can listen while getting ready and mentally prepare for that awkward first dance you’ll enjoy later.
Something small: Embroidered initials
Get your hands on his tie before the big day and secretly stitch in your initials or the date. Tell his best man about it and get him to encourage your groom to check his tie before he heads to the ceremony. It will be a cute reminder of you and perhaps give him a little confidence boost before he says ‘I do’.
Exchanging gifts is a sweet token of how much you love each other before tying the knot, if all else fails! Choose something thoughtful and useful and that you know they’ll love and you’re onto a winner.