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Wedding party gift ideas

February 24, 2013
By KAYLA VAN DYNE - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

The task of planning a wedding takes a lot of time, patience and organization. Sometimes it takes more than just the groom to help the bride decide on the smaller details such as linens, arrangements and putting together decorations. Sometimes the bride needs an army - well not an army - but a group of girls to not only stand beside her during the biggest day of her life, but also to help with all the details to making that day perfect.

The job of a bridesmaid is major responsibility. Not only will she stand with the bride, but she will also throw parties, be the bride's rock, pick up the dress from the seamstress, and many other things. Along with that, she is paying for a dress that she will only wear once. In the end, for all of her efforts, she deserves a gift of thank you.

There are many factors when it comes to buying gifts for the wedding party, one of the biggest being the cost. Every wedding has a budget of some sorts and by the end of planning, these are things that cannot cost the bride and groom a large amount. But there are some classy and elegant ideas for a price that is well within the couple's budget.

Sometimes the simplest thing is the best way to go when it comes to these gifts. Things like picture frames, crystal bowls, vases or gift baskets are always timeless. And while these can sound like boring gifts, each one can be personalized and given that sentimental value that can out-weigh any wow factor. Pictures can be engraved and have a picture of the bride and that bridesmaid together at some point during the wedding planning, whether it be of them during a spa day, having lunch or just hanging out.

Albums of the planning, the wedding and everyone involved can also be a great and inexpensive gift for all the bridesmaids. These gifts can also be engraved as well with a personal message thanking each girl for all her help in making this day perfect. Keep in mind that having items engraved could be a little costly, so take that into consideration. The jewelry that bridesmaids will wear whether it is a necklace, earrings or clips for their hair can be part of their gifts as well.

Now on to the guys. The groomsmen are the ones that keep the groom from getting cold feet and running out of the church doors. They also help guests find their seats, throw a bachelor party and help with honeymoon arrangements. They are the ones that, just like the bridesmaids, will be there on the biggest day. But guys, unlike the girls, can be a little harder to shop for if you go beyond the basics.

For the groomsmen, going back to the idea of engraving, personalized flasks with his name on one side and the date and event on the other is a wedding favorite. A set of drinking glasses could work as well. Depending on the groomsman's career, a business card holder, a desk clock or a high quality pen set is also a nice option.

The majority of brides have a maid of honor and the groom has a best man. While it is not mandatory, the gifts for these two should be of greater value than the rest of wedding's party. This is more of a personal preference rather than a written rule.

Last but certainly not least, don't forget a gift for the ring bearer and the flower girl. Everyone in attendance will awe as the ring bearer walks down the aisle in his tux and the flower girl is her puffy dress. These two add a sweet touch and sometimes a bit of comedy to the wedding. This is a special day for them and adding a little keepsake such as a stuffed animal, a framed picture from the wedding or a figurine with help them remember how helpful they were.

Whether the bride and groom know it or not, being asked to be in someone's wedding is a huge honor. It is a duty that should not be taken lightly by either side. These men and women will be there through the best and worst moments of the planning, organizing and the actual wedding event, as well as go above and beyond, and in the end, he or she deserve something as a token of thank you.



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