Post # 1
I’ve planned gifts for my bridesmaids, and my fiance is covering the groomsmen. My dilemma is with the ‘other’ wedding party/family at the rehearsal dinner. I feel that I should get gifts for my soloist, my reader, and my guest book attendant/greeter person. The more I read about wedding gift-giving etiquette…it also seems that we should give gifts to the parents…which makes me feel as though we should include the grandparents, as they are also financially contributing to the event. By the time I gift all of those people…well, it’s not working for my budget! Do they all need gifts? Is there an inexpensive way to do it? My fiance and I aren’t really into the hankies that I’ve seen for the moms for one thing, any other frugal ideas?
Post # 3
@banddork: I think you should definitely give a gift to anyone who’s helping with your wedding. However, it doesn’t have to be extravagant! I think flowers, wine, beer, homemade cookies or chocolates would be a good gift for your soloist, reader, and greeter. For parents and grandparents who are contributing financially, maybe you could get them a date night (dinner and a movie) or put together a family photo album. Or you could do a date-night in and get them a nice bowl, some popcorn, a movie, and a nice throw blanket. Though I have no idea what your budget is so I don’t know if this is reasonable or not. If you don’t mind sharing what you’re trying to stay under or around, I can try and help more!
Post # 4
I want to try and go the more sentimental/tangible route…especially since everyone except 1 bridesmaid is from out of town, at least on my side of the room, and none of them drink alcohol. So I was pondering a bracelet for my soloist, a gift card of some sort for my reader to share (her partner is making my bouquets as well) and I’m drawing a blank on the greeter. As for the family, I was thinking just ordering a photo collage of our engagement pictures and putting them in nice frames since I need five gifts for the parents/grandparents. Is that too boring?