21 Romantic Ways to Surprise Your Partner on Your Wedding Day

Surprise the one you love with one of these beautifully sentimental ideas - it will make them even more excited to marry you!


Are you thinking about a gift for your other half for the morning of your wedding? Why not surprise your partner with something really thoughtful on the big day – we’re rounded up the best ways to surprise your bride or groom on your wedding day.

If you're thinking a little more outside the box, take some inspiration from these crazy celebrity wedding gift lists!

Love Notes Journal

In the run up to your wedding keep a journal and write down all the reasons why you love your partner – it could be small things, like the way they always make you tea in your favourite cup, or big things like taking care of you when you’re sick. Present them in a beautiful journal (any excuse to shop for wedding stationary, right?) for your other half to read through on the morning of the wedding.

Reasons why i love you journal

Image credit: Starboard Press

Boudoir Shoot

Give your partner a real treat by secretly going for a boudoir photo shoot and choosing the best shots to give to them on the morning of your wedding. Companies like Secret Exposure Boudoir Photography will help you create tasteful pictures which will really delight your partner.

Bride on a boudoir shoot

Send a Picture

Get your bridesmaids together with signs saying something like ‘Wait until you see her’, or get the groomsmen together with signs saying ‘He can’t wait to see you’ and text it to them – this is a low cost way to send them a sweet surprise.

Get Your Rings Engraved

Steal away your wedding rings before the ceremony and get them engraved with something meaningful – whether that’s the date you met or a favourite song lyric or quote. We've got some gorgeous inspirational quotes about love and marriage to get you started. 

Plan a Moment Away

A good question to ask your wedding venue is if there is a space where you can go after your wedding ceremony, just the two of you, to let it all sink in. If you can arrange for a couple of glasses of bubbly and some candles to be waiting in the room, even better. Your partner will appreciate all the effort you’ve gone to just to have a few moments of their time.

Prepare a Breakfast

If you’re staying at the same place on the morning of your wedding why not organise a surprise breakfast to be delivered to their room? Order all of their favourite things in – alongside a few glasses of buck’s fizz.

Stash a Hamper in Their Room

For those that aren’t getting ready in the same place, visit beforehand (or ask a friend for a favour) and drop off a hamper full of goodies for your bride or groom to enjoy whilst they’re getting ready. Include champagne, their favourite snacks and a heartfelt note.

Surprise hamper wedding day gift

Image credit: Lottie Shaw's

Have a First Look Photo Shoot

There’s something really magical about the moment a groom first sees his bride – check out our favourite first look wedding photos if you don’t believe us. If you don’t want to share that moment with lots of guests, arrange to have a private shoot beforehand, just the two of you. The groom could be blindfolded if you’re superstitious, but at least you’ll get to share a quick hug before the ceremony.

Surprised groom

Image credit: Vintage Heart Photography

Pass Them a Note

This could be one of your ring bearer’s duties, or a favour from the flower girl. Write a cute note to your partner and get the flower girl, ring bearer or bridesmaid to hand it to them when they reach them at the altar. We like the idea of it saying something really simple, like ‘I can’t wait to marry you.’

Customise Their Clothing

Steal your groom’s tie or bride’s shoes before the big day and get a customised message added to them. It could be a personalised label on the back of the tie, or you could hand write a message on the sole of the shoe. It’s simple but a definite tear-jerker.

Get a Garter

Garters are a traditional piece of wedding attire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with yours. Buy a garter in your other half’s football team colours, or one that references one of his passions – if he likes comics it’s a great way to add to a subtle superhero wedding theme. It’ll be a surprise for later on in the day, but still.

Star wars themed garter for a wedding day surprise

Image credit: Rockababy Bibs n Bobz

Personalise Your Polish

Wedding nail art is a trend that can’t be ignored. Why not personalise your manicure with a message on your ring figure? It could say Mrs and your new married name, ‘I do’, or even ‘I love you’ so your partner will see it as they slip your wedding ring on to your finger.

I do wedding nail art

Image credit: Nailed It By Chelsey

Send Them Socks

We’ll try and resist the ‘so you don’t get cold feet’ line, but you know the good jokes are old jokes for a reason. Send some cute socks to their room when they’re getting ready as a secret way to add a personal touch to their look. Browse our edit of the best grooms’ socks for more ideas.

Practise a Dance Routine

Surprise your partner at the wedding reception by learning a dance routine – whether it’s to jazz up your first dance, or something you pull off with the groomsmen or bridesmaids, it’ll not just surprise your other half but everyone at your reception too. Don’t miss the best first dances caught on camera, if you need a little inspiration.

Organise a Groom’s Cake

If you’re the bride, you’ve probably put a lot of time and thought into what the wedding cake looks like. It needs to match your colour scheme, work with the theme and taste amazing. If your partner wanted something a little more quirky but it didn’t quite go, now is the time to surprise him with a groom’s cake, in his favourite flavour.

groom's cake

Image credit: 10ft Tall Photography

Plan a Midnight Feast

Chat to your venue or caterers about keeping some food on hold for you, as well as a bottle of champagne which you can take back to your room at the end of the night. Chances are you’ll have been so busy having fun you won’t have eaten much, so you can have a delicious midnight feast together as you toast your big day.

Book a Band

Here’s a wedding lesson we learnt from Friends (there are lots of them!) – if your partner has your heart set on something and you can give something up to make it happen, it’s almost always worth doing. Be like Monica and book the band your Chandler loves – it’ll be the perfect way to surprise them at the reception.

Get a Getaway Car

Is your partner a bit of a petrolhead? Organise an amazingly unusual wedding car to take them to the venue, or for pictures after the ceremony.

unusual wedding car

Image credit: www.starcarhire.co.uk

Have a Radio Dedication

If you know your other half loves listening to the radio, organise for their favourite DJ to give them a shout out whilst they’re getting ready. Make sure the people they’re getting ready with know so they can guarantee the radio is on. This is a great idea to them replicate on your wedding anniversaries with the same song.

Contact Their Favourite Celebrities

Start your own Twitter campaign or track down your partner’s favourite celebrity’s PR and ask for a message from them – it could be a video message or even a signed photo – and surprise them with it on the big day. They’ll love it!

Organise a Surprise Trip

Is a honeymoon not in your budget? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up the most amazing UK mini-moon ideas that won’t cost the earth so you can surprise the one you love.


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