Wedding Planning 101: Groomsmen Gift Ideas
Planning a wedding means planning what will probably be one of the biggest parties of your life and it’s something that involves a lot more than one would even think. You’ve got to find a dress, pick invitations, decide on a guest list, hire a caterer, and finish off another million steps along the way. Amongst all the chaos, it’s easy to forget some of the stuff that’s not as obvious – like deciding on groomsmen and groomsmen gifts! Whether this crucial planning step has fallen through the cracks a bit or you’ve just been unsure how to go about it, we’ve got a quick guide to help you move forward. Read on to figure out how many groomsmen you should have, what gifts to get, and when to give them.
How Many Groomsmen is Best?
By and large, how many groomsmen you have is usually up to your preference. If you feel really strongly about having certain people by your side on your big day, by all means make them a groomsman! However, it is important to the size of the guest list, wedding formality, and wedding costs into consideration. As a general guideline, formal weddings work best with one groomsmen for every 50 guests or so. Informal weddings really only need half of this. Just ensure that there’s a decent balance between the number of groomsmen and bridesmaids to ensure fairness and keep your wedding running as smoothly as possible.
How Much Should You Spend On Groomsmen Gifts?
As with most other considerations when wedding planning, how much money you should spend on groomsmen gifts can be incredibly dependent on your budget. Those who have particularly tight budgets shouldn’t stretch themselves too thin. Remember, your groomsmen will understand not getting exceedingly expensive gifts! Even 30-40 dollars is a decent amount for all who are worried about expenses. For those with typical budgets, we recommend spending somewhere around 50-70 dollars as it opens you up to a wide range of gifts while keeping things reasonable. You can also go by the guideline of spending about 15-30% of what your best man has spent on your wedding.
When To Give Groomsmen Gifts
If you’re feeling lost about when to actually hand out your groomsmen gifts, you’re not alone. Don’t be too concerned though – it’s actually really simple. When in doubt, avoid giving gifts too soon. Giving them when sending invitations can be done, especially if it’s something small and you know that person will definitely be interested in being a groomsman, but it’s generally better to do so at the rehearsal dinner or the bachelor party. This makes distributing everything easier because everyone’s all in one place and it allows for them to use their gift on your wedding day if it’s something like a piece of jewelry. You can also give them out an hour or so before the ceremony if you need a little more time, as it will serve to settle jitters and keep the groomsmen occupied.
Picking the perfect gift for your groomsmen can be one of the most unexpectedly difficult choices you make during your wedding planning. You don’t want anything too extravagant, but you want something meaningful and you don’t want something impractical, but you also don’t want something merely usable. Luckily, a stylish wooden watch ticks all of the necessary boxes and avoids all the pitfalls. In fact, they’ve been rated as some of the top gifts for groomsmen in 2020. Here are just a few options to consider gifting out to thank your groomsmen for all they’ve done.
For groomsmen who prefer slick and modern, this is an ideal wooden watch to hand out. With a natural ebony wood face and an ultra-comfortable but still smart dark leather band, this is a wooden watch that will look great no matter the function, whether your wedding, a business meeting, or a relaxed weekend at home. You definitely won’t have to worry about this gift gathering dust anytime soon.
Sleek and dark but with a natural feel, this is a groomsmen gift that will work for just about any man. It’s also a multi-function chronograph watch, which means it strikes the perfect balance between both practical and aesthetic. Bonus: it’s made with 100% reclaimed wood, so you know you’re being good to the environment as well as your groomsmen.
Looking for a wooden watch that is a little more minimalist than other offerings? Urban Designer has you covered with this option. It doesn’t feature too many additional bells and whistles with a simple matching black face and strap, but it stays stylish with a natural bamboo bezel for contrast.
If you and your groomsmen are big fans of a more informal and rustic aesthetic, this watch makes for the perfect gift. It features natural bamboo wood tones as well as a brown leather watch band for low key style and easy adjust-ability. It’s also water-resistant and easy to care for, which means it will fast become all your groomsmen’s go-to watch.
For something trendy but also timeless, this Urban Designer wooden watch won’t disappoint. Boasting a vintage-looking wood face and a classic, dark wooden band, it’s an ideal groomsmen gift even for those with the most hard-to-please tastes. In addition to its elegant aesthetic, it’s also high-quality, handcrafted by artisan watchmakers. For a more thoughtful and personalized touch, we recommend making use of our engraving services!
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