Wedding Gifting Etiquette 301: Guest Gifts

Hi lovely people!

This week will be the final part of our gifting etiquette discussion! Today we are focusing on treating your guests right by giving them a little something to walk away with (other than the crazy memories, that is!). Depending on whether your guests are spending the entire weekend celebrating your wedding, or just coming out for the day, you have options when it comes to presenting your guests with a memento. We recommend greeting guests who are staying overnight with a welcome package to introduce them to the area and with essentials for their stay. For a single-day celebration, you can gift them a sweet treat or something functional to remember your day!

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon

Welcome Gifts

Everyone loves a warm welcome! Welcome gifts aren’t always necessary, but if you have a destination wedding or have guests traveling in from out of town, then it is the courteous thing to do to make them feel at home. To be the hostess with the mostess, you can provide tote bags filled with items needed for planned activities throughout the weekend, maps noting the hot spots around town, and creature comforts that will help your guests enjoy their stay! We suggest choosing a theme and sticking to it with these gifts. Below is an example of one of our favorites with a “fun in the sun” vibe (filled with sunblock, water, flip-flops and cute sunnies)!

Left: Birds of A Feather Photography  Right: Manali Anne Photography

Favors

We love a creative and useful wedding favor! While these adorable takeaway gifts may have fallen out of fashion due to budget restrictions, gifting your guests with a little something makes a big difference. Letting your guests know that they matter is essential to a successful day. Make sure your favor is something that your guests will take home and use or enjoy again after the wedding is over. These can be topical to your venue location, symbolic of something meaningful to you and your fiance, or just plain functional. Don’t waste your time or money on anything people will throw away! Some of our favorite ideas include fans or parasols to keep the heat off of your guests, wine stoppers, or mini bottles of champagne.

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Whatever you choose to gift your guests, whether it be a celebrity style swag bag or a small thoughtful token, we promise your guests will appreciate it. Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the various situations regarding the when, where and who of gifting your significant other, bridal party, families and guests for your wedding. We think it is super important that you know when you should show some love to your nearest and dearest so that no outpouring of love for you is overlooked. You only have to say thank you once to have someone remember your gratitude forever.


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Wedding Gifting Etiquette 201: Bridal Party & Family

Hi lovebirds!

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As we promised, this week is the second part of the gifting series! Today we will be discussing how to show love to your nearest and dearest including but not limited to; bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, flower girls and ring bearers and finally, your other half. Whoever you are gifting, first keep these general guidelines in mind:

  • First, we suggest that you always write handwritten thank you notes to everyone from the oldest members of the bridal party to the youngest.
  • Share your gift in a timely manner:
    • All bridal party members should receive some kind of thank you note and token for participating in your wedding the weekend of the wedding
    • Bridal party members should receive an additional thank you note with a gift for hosting any of the following gatherings in your honor: engagement party, shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, etc.
  •  Third, gift with creativity!

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Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

When tackling your thank you notes, remember to be authentic and grateful. We suggest you gift something functional and cute for your whole bridal party… something they can use in the future, not just on your wedding day. We adore the idea of personalized hangers because, let’s face it, pretty clothes are a gals best friend and who doesn’t want something fancy to hang your best outfit on?!?

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography

For the fellas, we suggest something personalized that they would never purchase for themselves. Engraved flasks, fancy pocket watches, and monogrammed cufflinks are all fab ideas to class up your groomsmen while gifting them something special yet functional that they will keep forever.

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon Photography

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Parents

We think sentimentality is the key to thanking your parents properly on your wedding day. As with the guys, the key here is items that are personalized. Nothing flashy is needed, just something they can treasure… Don’t forget, this is a big day in their lives as well! A simple, elegant framed picture with a handwritten note on the back or something like a customized locket or a tie are genius ideas for parent gifts that they can keep forever and will bring tears to their eyes. Your goal here is to make them cry!

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon Photography

Left and Right: Chloe Moore Photography

Flowergirls and Ringbearers

You can’t forget about the tiniest members of your bridal party! Go practical and look into what toys or games they would enjoy. We suggest asking their parents how they currently like to spend their time and what they are currently into to get an idea for a fun gift. Again, tailor your gift to the personal likes of the specific kids in your wedding for the win!

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon Photography

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Your Better Half

Want to pull at the heartstrings before walking down the aisle? Earn some extra credit by surprising your fiance with a little something moments before you tie the knot. No one knows them better than you do! Gift something personal that will make their heart grow three times its size, like an original copy of her favorite book. Or spice things up by giving him a boudoir photo album! Sexy or sweet, this is just a taste of the greatest gift you both will receive that day – each other.

Left: Kim Fox Photography Right: Chloe Moore Photography

Finally, if your officiant is a friend or family member, we suggest gifting them like you would for anyone in your bridal party (see above). May all your gifting escapades be bundled with joy and stay tuned for part three next Wednesday.

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Wedding Gifting Etiquette 101

Happy February, friends!

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Love is in the air. Here at Marisa Nicole Events, we are strong proponents of showing those you love how much they mean to you throughout the year. When it is your turn to get hitched, your wedding guests and bridal party will display an outpouring of love on you and it is important that you reciprocate that sentiment throughout your planning process. Many family members and friends will offer to help coordinate dress shopping outings, plan an event in honor of your wedding (engagement parties, showers, and bachelorette celebrations, oh my!), or even help stuff invites or craft DIY favors. We know it can be easy to get so caught up with planning for the big day that showing gratitude to your families and besties can sometimes be overlooked. To help you make sense of this whole “saying thank you” thing, we will be discussing wedding gifting etiquette over the next few weeks. There are two main groups of people that you will need to gift – your bridal party and your guests.

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore

Next week we will share how to gift your besties (aka – bridal party members) to thank them for being a part of your special day, throwing celebrations in your name and helping you plan and prepare for the big day.

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From there we will share our thoughts on gifting your guests that have traveled from near and far to witness your “I-do’s”.

Left: Ryan Ray  Right: O’Malley Photographers 

Love is all about giving and we want to make sure you are thanking all the right people, in the right way, at the right time. To that end, please stay tuned next week for the second part to this series!

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Intern Spotlight: Introducing Nicole!

Hello beautiful people!

I am super excited to be the new intern at Marisa Nicole Events and would love to introduce myself to you all! Here is a little Q&A so you can get a taste of who I am my wedding style….

  • Favorite Wedding Blog: I love Style Me Pretty because there are endless weddings to look at for ideas and you can even search them by color scheme!
  • Describe the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavor Combo: I am obsessed with red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting!
  • Favorite Styling Genre for Event Design: I love the soft and romantic looks with sweeping floral displays and elegant details.  I have flowers all over my room and couldn’t imagine my favorite styling genre without them!
  • Event Planning Super Hero Skill: To be able to get anything done within five minutes! Could you imagine if the whole wedding was set up in five minutes? I would have so much free time to enjoy the beautiful day with the happy couple!
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Definitely a veil, if I can have my way (and not overuse flower details) then I would want hand sewn light flowers to the end of a long veil.
  • Favorite Wedding Tradition: My absolute favorite part of weddings is when you get to hear the speeches. I enjoy nothing more than hearing funny stories about the bride or groom and listening to someone talk about a loved one is always heartwarming!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: When the couple shares their personal vows. There is no better example of what love means!

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about me and that we share some similarities. Feel free to comment some of your favorites below and I’ll see you around on the blog and on Instagram.

Cheers!