More than likely, this is the core group that is always there for you through the entire process. Your wedding party is made up of your closest family and friends, and they want to see you happy on your big day. For all of the time, errand-running, fittings, late-night phone calls, and more that they have given to you, here are a few great ideas for telling them "Thank you!"
- Throw a party before the wedding so that the bridesmaids and groomsmen can get to know each other. It's like a pre-thank you before everything gets started.
- Throw a party after the big day for the entire wedding party. Use it to honor them for all the hard work they put into your celebration.
- Treat them by picking up the tab for a wedding-related item. This will depend on your budget, and can be anything from jewelry to wear at the wedding, to their hotel stay, to their tuxedo rental or dress.
- While you've got access to a professional photographer, and everyone is looking their beautful best, arrange for the members of your wedding party to have a few shots taken of their own family. Don't forget those special shots of you with them too.
- Make their gift something both useful and memorable. It can be anything that you know they will use regularly after the wedding day. Also, have it personalizd in a way that they will think back to your ceremony and reception every time that they use it. These gifts don't have to be the same for each person. Customize them to each one's special likes.
These are the people that not only have been there for you during the wedding planning, but also your entire life. They helped to make you into the person you are today, the person your soon-to-be-spouse fell in love with. The following items are a great way to thank them.
- Rather than a short thank you note, jot down all the happy memories that you have with your parents in a notebook. The final entry can be all about how important they were on your wedding day, and the ways you and your spouse plan to cherish them in the future.
- Take the time to not only get full family photos, but also special shots of you alone with each parent. You can find a specially engraved frame to present the picture to them in.
- If you know there will be a few tears shed on your wedding day, a handkerchief with an embroidered saying or thank you is a lovely gift to give both moms and dads.
- Say thank you publicly by writing a special dedication to them in your wedding program. It will be even better if it's a surprise when they sit down and read it along with everyone else. (This may be the reason they will need that handkerchief!)
Professionals don't necessarily expect a thank you. After all, you are paying them for their services. When you have a wedding vendor that goes above and beyond what is expected of them, you may want to give them a little something extra. Tips are always appreciated, but the following things are touching gestures.
- Pleasant reviews are always the very best thank you that a vendor can receive. It helps to boost their business by letting other brides know what a great job they are capable of. (It's especially nice when you share a wedding photo with the review!)
- Include a picture of you with them or the work they provided in a hand written thank you note.
- Surprise them with a gift basket at their office after the successful wedding.
Wedding planning can be a long and stressful process. Sometimes it can take a toll on the relationship, even though you are planning for the event that will join your lives together. Once everything is over, make a special effort to do something extra nice, just for the two of you.
- Have a secret photo taken especially for them. If you are extremely sneaky, hold up a sign with a speical note for them behind their back during a wedding photo of the two of you embracing. Budior photos are also an exciting suprise for your groom.
- If you won't be taking a honeymoon right away, arrange for a short overnight trip someplace quiet and romantic. Even if it's in your hometown, it's always nice to get out of the house and away from day-to-day tasks and worries.
- Just like we mentioned for your parents, gift your spouse with a notebook full of all the happy memories that you have made together. Include photographs too.
- Give them a calendar marked with a date night every week (or at least every month) for your first year of marriage. If you've had enough time to plan ahead, also include a packet describing the date or holding items for that date, like concert tickets or restaurant reservations.
- Make a vow to say both "Thank you" and "I love you" every single day of your marriage, in both words and gestures.
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