(Closed) Who are you buying gifts for?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: I'm getting a gift for:
    All of our parents : (32 votes)
    21 %
    Bridesmaids & MOH : (44 votes)
    30 %
    Groomsmen & Best Man : (42 votes)
    28 %
    Officiant (if so, post what the gift is) : (12 votes)
    8 %
    Reader(s) (if so, post what the gift is) : (7 votes)
    5 %
    Singer or Musician who's family/friend (if so, post what the gift is) : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Ushers : (5 votes)
    3 %
    Other people who I'll post below : (4 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    Bumping this for suggestions–we are doing ties and (something else) for the guys, I think legwarmers (outdoor pics in February) for the girls and something else. Our officiant is a close friend so she’ll probably get whatever the other girls get, but maybe with a twist since she’s not wearing the same color or anything.

    Post # 4
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    We bought gifts for parents and for my great aunt who helped contribute, for the bridal party, for the ushers, and for the readers. We gave the readers personalized book embossers (which is appropriate for them and ties in to their role in the ceremony).

    Post # 5
    1072 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We bought gifts for both sets of parents, which is five including a step-dad. Bridesmaids and groomsmen, Two flower girls and ringbearer. Gift for parents of ringbearer. For my Godfather who is doing a reading. I’m also giving my officant a bar of my handmade soap for our officaint. 

    Post # 6
    990 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    we are doing engraved flasks for our Bridesmaid or Best Man, groomsmen, and male bridesmaid. purple clutch purses for Maid/Matron of Honor and other bridesmaid. Cash to officiant or maybe donation to a local charity in his name (Catholic Church), Donation to church for other officiant, (he is Baptist and its his dad) Parents- well we don’t know yet but are thinking charity donation.

    Post # 7
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I think we’re gifting the bridal party, parents, and officiant.  I don’t think it will help you, but the officiant is one of FI’s friends so his gift will probably be the same/similar to the groomsmen’s.


    Post # 8
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We’re giving gifts to the bridal party (MOH, best man, bridesmaid, groomsman, ring bearers) at the rehearsal dinner.

    We’re going to get nice albums made for our parents after the wedding.

    We’re considering getting something small for our readers and greeters but we haven’t decided yet. 

    OP, if the musicians are volunteering their time, I think you should get them something small. If you’re paying them, don’t worry about it.

    Post # 9
    161 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Our officient is a family friend.  This is kind of a random gift, but we had a watercolor of our officient’s dog painted, and we framed it.  We used this vendor on Etsy (I’ve ordered from her several times, and they are a great price):



    Post # 11
    4322 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We have gifts for:

    Officiant – gift certificate to a nice restaurant


    Readers – for one we got a nice cigar case & cigars

                – the other one is my brother & we got him the same thing as the groomsmen, since he’s sort of an honarary groomsman

    Parents – both sets gave money. Also, both sets are still married, so we gave “joint” gifts, not specific mother and father gifts.

    Post # 12
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We gave gifts to everyone who bought a dress or rented a tux for our wedding. Or who contributed in any other financial way. If I paid a vendor to do a job I did not get them anything. I may send a thank you card to the vendors I liked. I had one bad vendor who will not get anything.

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