Post # 1
Wanting to make sure I get everyone that I’m supposed to a gift no matter how small or inexpensive!
We have the typical wedding party, plus some musicians in the family who have previously recorded music for the ceremony, and some who will play/sing live during the ceremony. I’m wondering if I should get gifts for these people as well?
Post # 3
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
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
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 # 10
@Mrs.DBee: The musician is my old roommate who’s playing an instrument, FI’s aunt who recorded herself playing organ, and FI’s cousin who will be singing. Guess we should get them something music related that they’ll appreciate.
What do you all think about our officiant… it’s a destination wedding and FI’s family is paying for all of the officiant’s expenses in coming to the wedding except for food outside of rehearsal dinner/reception (he’s an old old family friend). Do we need to get him something in addition to what they’re doing?
Post # 11
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
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.