Wedding party favors are gifts presented to friends and relatives who have been chosen to help the bride and groom prepare for the event and to stand witness with them during the wedding ceremony. This is a special, heartfelt gift, presented to the bridesmaids and groomsmen at the rehearsal dinner or before the wedding. It is intended to show appreciation for the help and support they have given in creating this momentous event. Though these tokens are usually more expensive than the guest gifts, it does not mean they need to be extravagant. It may be something that holds special meaning for the couple.
Weddings are expensive, from the price of the reception location and catering to the gown and tux worn by the bride and groom. The gifts for the wedding party can be unique and inexpensive. Monogrammed compact mirrors, pens, and money clips are examples of inexpensive items that show loved ones that time and attention went into its selection. Homemade gifts are also popular. They frequently consist of token boxes, custom mixed bath oils or decadent desserts that are known to be a favorite indulgence. Not all tokens need to be the same for all bridesmaids and groomsmen.
The maid of honor and the best man are involved in all aspects of the planning process, from selecting the venue, caterers and color scheme to helping with the invitations and registry. They provide ongoing support enlisting the help of the rest of the bridal party as needed. Their wedding party favors often have special significance. Jewelry is a popular maid of honor gift. Crystal pendants, engraved lockets and jewelry boxes can be reasonably priced and reflect the affection the bride has for them. For the best man, engraved cufflinks and pocket watches are frequently the gift of choice.
The wedding party favors chosen may reflect the theme or feel of the wedding. If it is a beach theme, perhaps wine stoppers or candles featuring an aquatic or seashell motif will be among the options selected. Winter wedding themes are festive. Snowflake holiday ornaments, crystal coasters and bookmarks engraved with the bride and grooms names and wedding date are unique and functional keepsakes. For the gambler at heart, Las Vegas themed items may include fuzzy dice, luggage tags or casino chips, created especially for the event.