Is it necessary to 'gift' my wedding guests? What kinds of gifts are standard for wedding attendees?
It's not necessary, but it's great to give them a memento - something that says "thanks for taking time out of your busy lives to join us on this special day." Some creative suggestions might be a disposable camera so they can photograph themselves having fun at your celebration. Also, something personal that symbolizes the celebration is great like a silver wine key with your names and wedding date inscribed. A votive candle inside an organza pouch can be lit in their homes and is also symbolic of your love.
Is it inappropriate to give wedding attendants a wine key or a set of champagne flutes if we know that some are non-drinkers?
Yes, this is fine. If you single them out with a different gift; this might make them feel even more uncomfortable as other attendees raise an eyebrow. Often times, the gift is looked upon as a memento of the occasion. Both of the above gifts mentioned are symbolic of celebration.
Should the Bride give her Bridesmaids a gift?
This is a frequent tradition, and a wonderful way for the Bride to thank her Bridesmaids for their participation in her special day. This gift is typically given at a Bridesmaid's luncheon or at the rehearsal dinner. Often a Bride will select something that is engraved with the wedding date.
Should I give my Groomsmen a gift?
This popular tradition is a thoughtful way to thank your Groomsmen for their participation and support. You may wish to give a present that can be engraved with the wedding date. Gifts are usually given at the bachelor's or rehearsal dinner.
Is it customary for Groomsmen to give the Groom a gift? What about Bridesmaids gifting the Bride?
Yes, many wedding attendants will gift the Bride or Groom with a group gift from all of the attendants. Frequently these items are engraved with the wedding date and/or the attendants' names.
How can I thank my in-laws for all of their support during the last year? They helped out with so much of the wedding planning and cost.
A gift that reflects the interests of your in-laws is sure to be appreciated. Are they gardeners? Gourmet cooks? Or people whom enjoying going to museums?
Another idea would be to give a gift that brings back memories of the wedding events-perhaps a wedding photo in an engraved silver frame.