Whichever way you slice it, the gift part of a wedding is Fun with a capital F! First of all, you have the gift registry, which basically involves you deciding on (and, if you’re lucky, ‘zapping’ with a fun barcode gun-type thing) a whole bunch of stuff that you’d like to get for free. Second of all, you get to choose gifts for your wedding party which, OK, may not be as fun as the barcode zapping but will bring a smile to your favorite people’s faces, so isn’t far off. Whether giving or receiving, this section will help you navigate your way through gravy boats, jewelry sets and everything in-between.

Gift Registry

Not sure where to start when it comes to registering for gifts? Should you go down the traditional “housewares” route or ask for contributions towards your honeymoon? Or how about asking for “experiences” instead? Now could be the time to plan that skydive you’ve always wanted to do!

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Bride’s Gift

It’s tradition for the groom to give his bride a gift – typically a piece of jewelry. Perhaps a string of pearls, a locket with a photo of the two of you or a pair of heart earrings would be well-received. For ideas, visit this link.

Groom’s Gift

This gift is given to the groom by the bride. He may like a watch, a fancy pen set, a piece of jewelry or a photo of his bride in a nice frame – brides are increasingly opting for a professional boudoir photo shoot. Ooh la la! For men’s jewelry ideas.

Bridesmaid and Maid/Matron of Honor Gifts

As a thank-you for being part of the wedding, the bride should give her bridesmaids and maid/matron of honor presents. Matching jewelry that can be worn during the wedding (and forevermore afterwards) is a popular choice. However, there’s no rule saying that all gifts must be the same. Note that the maid/matron of honor gift is usually similar to the ones for bridesmaids but a little bit more expensive.

These gifts are usually presented at the bridesmaids’ luncheon or the rehearsal dinner. Follow this link for some gorgeous ideas

Groomsmen and Usher Gifts

To thank his “boys” for being part of the wedding, the groom will give his groomsmen and ushers a gift. Ideas include wallets, nice pens, watches, tie clips and money clips. The best man’s gift is usually similar to the ones for the other guys but a bit more expensive. Different gifts can be given to different people – there’s nothing to say you have to buy matching presents.

The gifts are usually presented at the bachelor party or rehearsal dinner. For ideas, visit:

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