Post # 1
Okay, I have gifts for all of my bridesmaids, but I was planning on giving it to them earlier in the week, do I have to give them gifts during the rehearsal dinner? That seems awkward! I can see giving the minister a gift, and maybe the readers, a small token of appreciation, but my bridesmaid gifts are big and bulky–and the groomsmen gifts will be smaller, but still awkward to lug around. We were planning on gifting the parents something after the wedding.
Also, do I have to speak during the rehearsal dinner? i’m a bit shy, but if I have to I will!
Post # 3
Often Brides will have a Bridesmaids Luncheon (lol an excuse for some “girlie time”) and give the gifts then. Can be fun… just you and your girls. First time round, that was what I did.
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
oh I didn’t even think of getting gifts for my Pastor or readers.
Post # 5
I plan to give al gifts at the Rehearsal Dinner. I do worry though that since the gifts are things my bridal party will wear in the wedding that they might forget the items at their home. so I’ll have them leave it at my house and when they come to get ready, the items will already be there. Any other gift that is not wedding related I’ll give to them the day of (small gift as my budget is so tight). And the only speech I’ll make (because I know for sure I will cry) is to thank everyone for coming.
Post # 6
We gave our gifts at the rehearsal, but we did not give any speeches. We kind of walked around while people were eating desert and thanked them each and handed them their gifts- it was low key and everyone else was able to continue eating and having a good time. I don’t think you have to give the gifts at the rehearsal dinner though if you’d rather do it earlier in the week- it should be whenever works best for you!
@angelaandchet: We didn’t get gifts for our readers either. We did send the priest a gift card to a local restaurant after the wedding, but I don’t think that it was really necessary- a thank you card would do.