Wedding Gifts from the Groom to His Bride
As the love of your life prepares to walk down the aisle to begin your life together, your spirits will be high and emotions run deep. To make this moment and the entire day even more special and memorable, many couples choose to exchange personal wedding gifts.
Couples often swap gifts prior to the actual wedding ceremony. Many choose to exchange presents either at the rehearsal dinner or by way of a messenger on the wedding day itself. In some cases, brides and grooms may choose to trade gifts during the festivities of their wedding day, or sometimes even at the conclusion of the event, once they finally find themselves alone together.
The nature of the gift is a very personal decision. Your bride may not be expecting a large show of emotion or an expensive gift. On the other hand, maybe she’s been hinting around about a paid of diamond studs or a sparkly new necklace. Whatever the case, make sure the gift comes from your heart.
If the budget allows, any gift of jewelry can play the role of a precious part of your wedding day. Diamond earrings will achieve great visibility in almost all the pictures, and they’ll sparkle brilliantly as you sweep her around the dance floor. Likewise with a necklace or tennis bracelet. Think about the message and sentiment you are hoping to achieve, and that, along with the cost, should help to guide your decision.
Here are a few tips for the perfect gift for your bride, according to your own preferences and budget restraints.
On a Shoestring Budget
# A handwritten love letter, spritzed with your cologne
# A book of poetry, highlighted with some phrases you feel relate to your relationship
# A CD with a song you wrote just for her, if you are a musician
# A greeting card with sentiments of how you feel this day
# A handwritten note about how you can’t wait to have her for your wife
# A mixed CD of all your favorite songs
# A poem you wrote for her yourself
# A photo album or photo frame with a favorite picture of the two of you
# A single long stem red rose (“I love you”) proclaiming your love
# A single long stem white rose (“Happy love”) proclaiming your love and excitement for the future
Traditional and Key to the Wedding Day
# A dozen or more beautiful red roses
# A special necklace for her to wear
# A string of pearls for her to wear
# Diamond earrings – girls love them. (make sure her ears are pierced!)
# Fresh-cut flowers with a love note
# Jewelry box and an all-important item for her to wear on your wedding day, with a note that you will be filling this up!
# Monogrammed or embroidered handkerchief
# Tennis bracelet
Fun and Adventurous
# Golf clubs, if you think she’d like them and if you play
# Expensive name brand sunglasses you know she wants but wouldn’t buy for herself
# MP3 player, portable DVD player, or other fun electronic device
# Something to use on the honeymoon, like snorkeling gear or a beach bag with flip flops, a soft new beach towel, and a book you know she’s been wanting
When The Sky’s the Limit
# A full set of matching jewelry
# A special collectible that reminds you of the two of you and your relationship
# A special handbag that you know she’s been wanting
# A portrait, print, painting, or sculpture by her favorite artist
# Cruise tickets booked for a future vacation for the two of you
If your wedding budget is pushing its final boundary, the bride’s and groom’s gifts to each other could be one corner you can cut. This is a time-honored tradition, but it is not practiced in all circles. Some couples consider their wedding bands and the honeymoon itself as their gifts to each other.
If you don’t have the cash but you still want to do something special for your sweetheart on the day of your wedding, write her a special love letter or make her a handcrafted greeting card to express your love for her. Send it by way of one of her bridesmaids before your wedding ceremony and your words will surely touch her heart
As you select special wedding gifts for your maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girl, and parents, don’t forget about that most special someone on your list!
In many circles, it is common for the bride and groom to exchange gifts on their wedding day. Gifts are often swapped prior to the actual ceremony, either at the rehearsal dinner or by way of a messenger on the wedding day. Other times, brides and grooms may exchange gifts sometime throughout their wedding day, or even at the close of the evening when the two find themselves alone at last.
On a Budget
# Bottle of your favorite wine and a love letter
# Customized calendar with pictures of the two of you
# Handcrafted blanket or afghan
# Mixed CD of your favorite songs and a love note
# Money clip
# Personalized hanky
# Photo album or scrapbook containing many of your favorite photos and some he hasn’t yet seen
# Photo frame
# Poetry book
# Soft and fuzzy bathrobe you sewed yourself
Safe and Traditional Picks
# A necklace or bracelet if he wears jewelry
# A new watch
# Gift basket of all his favorite things
# Men’s jewelry / keepsake box
# New leather wallet, inscribed if you wish
# Something to use on your honeymoon, like brand name sunglasses or fun outdoor equipment
Classy and Customized
# An engraved pocket watch
# Crystal photo frame for his desk
# Gift certificate for an adventure of a lifetime – scuba diving, skydiving, hot air balloon rides or something else up his alley
# Personalized golf balls for the golfer
# Poem display plaque with some sentimental words
Technology at Its Best
# Digital camera
# Digital camcorder
# Flat-screen TV
# GPS system
# iPod or MP3 player
# Portable DVD player
# Video game system
If Price Is No Object
# A print, painting, or sculpture by one of his favorite artists
# A set of golf clubs, if he doesn’t already have them
# Get him that Rolex he’s been eyeing up!
In an effort to save on the extensive costs of a wedding, some couples opt not to exchange gifts other than their wedding bands and the honeymoon they’ll share. If you decide not to swap gifts, consider sending a sweet greeting card or a handwritten love note – something you both can cherish for a lifetime.