- 8 years ago
- Wedding: January 2011
We didn’t have bridsmaids and groomsmen, but we definitely would’ve gotten them gifts if we did. The people we did buy gifts for were our musician/officiant (because they really went above and beyond and charged us only $100 each for their services — we gave them a nice gift basket with cards thanking each of them, a tip, some nice chocolate, a bottle of nice rum from DH’s home country, etc), the venue owners and their event coordinator (since they went above and beyond and acted like DOCs without charging us) and my cousin (who does makeup for a living and did mine for free).
There were other people who really went out of their way for us (for example, my aunt who paid for, arranged, transported, and set up all the flowers), but we didn’t get gifts for them because we felt like they would probably think that we were using the money they gave us or we saved to buy them presents when they are in a position to buy themselves what they like and there weren’t any obvious sentimental type things we could do prior to the wedding. So instead, we waited until after the wedding and printed out photos to include in very gush-y thank you cards explaining how much all their efforts made a difference for us. They seemed happy with that!