As the love of your life prepares to walk down the aisle to begin your life together, your spirits are 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. Wedding gifts from the groom to the bride can come in all shapes and sizes. Gifts from groom to bride can be jewelry items for her to wear on the wedding day, flowers to brighten her morning, or something for the couple to enjoy in their new home together. Gifts from the groom to the bride can be just about anything that suits the couple, but here are a few suggestions to help get you started.
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
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
A Sweet Surprise:
My husband got me a ring almost identical to my wedding band as my wedding gift from him. The bands are shaped a little bit like the letter “V” just at the top, and the one closest to my heart is the wedding band. Then, my engagement ring goes in the middle, and the wedding gift ring fits on the other side of the diamond, creating a perfect symmetry. Each band has nine smaller diamonds in a channel setting. When you put the two wedding day rings together, they fit seamlessly, and the inscription inside is a line from our wedding song: “When I fall in love…” (wedding band), “It will be forever…” (wedding gift). This gift blew me away and took me completely by surprise.
I understand stackable rings like these are not always an option, but the surprise ring set is a very sentimental gift that I will treasure forever.
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.