Monday, September 28, 2009

A Twist on Groomsmen's Gifts

While it’s customary for the bride and groom to provide each of their attendants with a small token of their appreciation, should brides give gifts to groomsmen and vice versa? Just because one of your husband’s friends is standing by his side does not mean you aren’t close to him as well! Some wedding parties even include the siblings of their spouse, so you wouldn’t want to leave out your own brother even if he was standing next to your husband!

Now obviously the same gift would likely not be appropriate for both the bridesmaids and groomsmen. And your bridesmaids have probably helped out more during your engagement, but that’s no reason to leave out a close friend standing on the other side of the aisle.

So what can you get for a brother or close guy friend without breaking your budget or slighting your bridesmaid gifts? I would recommend something that he will use often but can still show off when necessary. Depending on if he is a beer or wine type of guy, I think there are two great options.

For a beer man, pilsner glasses are always the way to go. Engrave these glasses for an extra personal touch. If this friend has gone above and beyond the call of duty, add in a case of his favorite beer for him to try with this one of a kind barware. On the other hand, if the groomsmen prefers wine, you can’t go wrong with these bottle stoppers and a bottle of his preferred taste. What better way to parade his affinity for wine when he has company over? And if anyone asks where he got such a lovely item, he will inevitably end up remembering you as he recounts his story.

Though I’m not mandating brides give gifts to each groomsmen, I do think it’s acceptable to reward those who you feel could stand on your side of the aisle as well. Remember that these men are standing in support of their friend’s marriage to you, so a small gift of your gratitude would go a long way towards any future relationship. Plus, it’s likely some of these men will be over for guy’s night eventually, so better to start out on a positive note in the beginning than to try to make peace a few years down the road!

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