It may be an old tradition but as bride, I think it still has some merit. According to theknot.com, brides and grooms that are paying for the wedding themselves have dropped the tradition of exchanging wedding gifts. Instead they focus on the gift of a perfect wedding day. Since most brides handle a large portion of the wedding day themselves, I’m going to go ahead and say I think tradition is important! Now, I’m not saying that the groom should fork over money for a new bridal BMW but a little pre-honeymoon pampering wouldn’t hurt!
By now you’ve probably caught on that the personalized tote bag option is by far one of my favorite gift ideas. Nothing says “thanks for taking my name” like giving your bride a monogrammed bag with her new initials. These bags work for honeymoon carry-on bags and every errands to the grocery store to fetch beer for the new husband. Throw in some spa items or a new bikini and you might have a chance at playing that ridiculous honeymoon decision dice game you’ve been hinting at her to play!
As for the grooms, I suppose the bride should return the favor. This personal cigar humidor is a great way to pat your man on the back for a job well done. It’s not every day he can walk a straight line and mumble a few life-changing words! Or let him celebrate with a congratulatory brew in a personalized beer mug. These options all work great for an after ceremony exchange of gifts.
Personally, I’ve been getting hints that my groom-to-be would like a shiny new kayak. I don’t think he’s aware that a kayak comes with the return request for a new designer purse but hey, happy wife makes for a happy life right?