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Wedding Thank You Gifts: What to Buy for Your Wedding Party

How gorgeous are these wedding thank you gifts for your bridesmaids, ushers, parents and guests? You might want to buy an extra one of everything, just to keep for yourself...

Personalised bags for glazed donut wedding favours

When your big day rolls around, you’ll no doubt want to treat those who’ve helped with wedding planning to some lovely wedding thank you gifts. That said, thank you gifts for a wedding can be a bit of a minefield, because a whole host of people will undoubtedly have played a part in bringing your big day together. Make sure they know how much you appreciate their help with a little token of thanks.

Your wedding thank you gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive – it’s the thought that counts, after all. Your friends and family will just appreciate being thought of when you had so many other things on your mind.

Who you buy treats for is entirely up to you, but traditionally, couples tend to get their bridesmaids, ushers, and parents a little something. And then there are the guests… you might want to thank everyone for coming with a small present for each of them, too!

Here, we’ve rounded up the best wedding thank you gifts for your bridesmaids, gifts for groomsmen, gifts for parents and gifts for your guests (sort of like wedding favours). You’re sure to find something you love in this lot – happy browsing!

Wedding Thank You Gifts for Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids will probably have put in quite the shift by the time you reach your big day, what with hen do planning, dress fittings and venue décor all potentially being ticked off their list.

We think it’s a lovely gesture to arrange thank you gifts for your bridesmaids to show them how much you appreciate all of their help. These little treats won’t blow the budget but will ensure your gang know how loved they are.

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1. Friendship Knot Sterling Silver Bracelet – £48.75, Oh So Cherished 

Knot silver bracelet wedding thank you gift

We love the symbolism behind this sweet silver bracelet. It acts as a lovely reminder of your big day for your closest friends, long after the celebration is over. Made in sterling silver, this is a keepsake that will suit most styles, thanks to its simple design and understated elegance.

Pros & Cons: It can be engraved with an initial, name, small message or date for an extra special touch. The lobster clasp is safe and secure. 

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2. Art Deco Initial Necklace – £55, Rachel Jackson

Model wearing a gold initial art deco necklace wedding thank you gift

There’s no better way to show your pals you care than by buying them something they can wear every day. This initial necklace is a classic design that’s been given a cool update with some Art Deco patterning. Presented in a gorgeous gift box, these gold-plated necklaces are good to go, saving you the job of wrapping your bridal party presents.

Pros & Cons: Made from 22 carat plated sterling silver, this necklace has a luxe look for an affordable price tag.

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3. Personalised Pashmina Wrap – from £3.19, Etsy

Soft and luxurious scarf

If you’re getting married in the UK, there’s no trusting the weather. To make sure your best buddies stay nice and cosy long into the evening, why not buy these beautiful wraps for them? There are loads of colours to choose from, so you can pick one that will go with your wedding theme.

Pros & Cons: Made from soft fabric, this is a stylish as well as a practical wedding thank you gift. 

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4. Cashmere Bed Socks – £36, The White Company 

Grey bed socks

Who wouldn’t love a pair of super soft cashmere socks to treat their feet after a long night of dancing? These luxurious bed accessories aren’t at all a necessity, but that’s what makes them such a perfect gift – they’re something your friends probably wouldn’t treat themselves to. If you want to get each of your bridal party members something a little different you can get these in pale pink and pale blue too.

Pros & Cons: The White Company is synonymous for being luxury, so they'll be super excited when they see these. 

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5. Personalised Compact Mirrors – from £7.35

Personalised compact mirrors wedding thank you gifts

Adding names or initials to your thank you wedding gifts helps to make them feel even more personal, and we love these little mirrors. We think these are perfect for the big day, since they’re small enough to snuggle down into a clutch bag and will be just the thing to help everyone have a quick check that they’re still looking beautiful after an evening of feasting and fun.

Pros & Cons: If you have a lot of bridesmaids to thank, an affordable gift like this is ideal. 

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Wedding Gifts for Groomsmen

The boys shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to gifts – everyone likes treats, after all!

We’ve rounded up a selection of thank you gifts for your groomsmen for every budget, so that you can find something that suits your pals. Our favourite has to be the hip flasks – a cool (but also practical) gesture that they’re sure to appreciate.

READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Groomsmen Gifts for Every Budget

6. Personalised Power Bank – £45, Not-Another-Bill

6. Wedding thank you gifts - power bank

Is there anything more annoying than your phone running out of battery when you’ve still got hundreds of pictures to take that day? Prep for the inevitable by arming your groomsmen with a power bank on the morning of your wedding. This model can charge up to three iPhones fully and can also be personalised with up to six characters of your choice.

Pros & Cons: It might not be the most sentimental of gifts, but they'll be super grateful for this gift and use it long after the wedding day. 

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7. Personalised Luggage Tag – £20, Not-Another-Bill

You might be the ones off on a romantic honeymoon after the main event, but let’s not forget about the people who stood by your side during your big day – they might well need a holiday after all their wedmin, too! These sleek luggage tags can be personalised with names or initials. They also come in a range of colours.

Pros & Cons: A luxury luggage tag isn't something you are likely to treat yourself too so we think it makes a great gift. It is made from recycled offcuts of leather from the fashion industry. 

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8. Personalised Groomsmen Hip Flask – £25, Dust and Things 

Groomsman holding a personalised hip flask wedding thank you gifts

Help settle the nerves with a bit of Dutch courage thanks to these cool hip flasks. As with all of the most personal gifts, these groomsmen presents can be tailored to suit your friends. Add names, initials or in-jokes to get extra brownie points from your pals.

Pros & Cons: This hipflask is available in four stylish finishes - tan, grey, copper or bronze. Be mindful that it doesn't come with a funnel to fill so clumsy groomsmen beware! 

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9. Personalised Silver Tie Clip – £69, Posh Totty Designs 

Engraved silver tie clip

These gorgeous silver tie clips will finish off everyone’s outfits perfectly, adding a little touch of class in a subtle way. We love that you can mark the occasion with the date, or each person’s name, to make sure everyone will have a happy reminder of your wedding day whenever they wear their tie pin in the future.

Pros & Cons: This is a classic wedding thank you gift if you want to stick to tradition. 

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10. Men’s Leather Wash Bag – £170, Aspinal of London

Navy men's wash bag wedding thank you gift

A fancy wash bag is a perfect example of a luxury that you’d probably never buy yourself, but that you’d get loads of use from once you had it. This classic British design will never go out of style, making it a lovely gift for your groomsmen. If you’re feeling really generous, you could even fill the wash bag with grooming goodies as a surprise for the morning of the wedding.

Pros & Cons: Your groomsmen might already own a washbag but we reckon it won't be as luxe as this one. The perfect excuse for an upgrade. 

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Wedding Gifts for Parents

Your parents will probably deserve the biggest thank you come your wedding day, for all their help and hard work (and potential cash!).

They can be tricky to buy for but they’ll be so appreciative that you thought of them on your big day. These thank you gifts for parents go from cute to cool and everything in between.

READ MORE: The Most Thoughtful Wedding Gifts for Your Parents

11. Flower Subscription – from £18, Bloom & Wild

Bloom & Wild flower vases

The only thing better than getting a beautiful bunch of flowers delivered is getting multiple bunches of flowers delivered. Make sure your parents’ kitchen table is pretty for the next few months with a flower subscription. This lovely service can be tailored in terms of bunch size and frequency, allowing you to pick the best present to suit your style. Better yet, new customers can use the code HITCHED25 for 25% off!

Pros & Cons: Flowers are a fail-safe wedding thank you gift and with this subscription you're giving them a treat for a whole three months. The handy letterbox style delivery means they will arrive safely and in great condition. 

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12. Royal Daulton Seasons Crystal Decanter Tumblers – £125

Crystal glass tumblers

Help your parents toast you and your other half long after the wedding bells are over with this gorgeous crystal set. Perfect for red wine or even a good measure of whisky, this beautiful decanter is a truly classic gift set that would look just as at home on an antique sideboard as it would on a modern set of shelves.

Pros & Cons: This timeless design will stay in style for a lifetime. They are pretty delicate, so be careful when storing. 

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13. Leather Photo Album – £37.49, Amazon

A photo album is a lovely gift for parents (they’re probably the only other people who will get as much enjoyment from looking at your wedding pictures as you do). This leather-bound example is really classic and classy, and would make a gorgeous coffee table book once it’s filled. See even more wedding photo albums here. 

Pros & Cons: You could always leave gifting this present to your parents until after your wedding, once you’ve received your wedding pictures, so that you can give it already filled with photos.

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Wedding Gifts for Guests

The final tick to add to your wedding thank you gift checklist is thank you gifts for guests.

Nobody will expect a gift for being at your wedding, but a small something will make them feel like you’re extra thoughtful and lovely, and who wouldn’t want that? Here are some small things you can do for friends and family on the big day.

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14. Doughnut Favour Bag – from £27.42 for 10, Etsy

Donut bags wedding thank you gifts

There’s no better way to people’s hearts than through feeding them. These cool paper bags can be filled with any donuts you fancy and are sure to get you in everyone’s good books. Sometimes (only sometimes) there’s too much food at weddings, so why not skip dessert and offer these to guests when they’re leaving, as a little thank you for coming? A grown up party bag, if you like.

Pros & Cons: You can save money on these guest wedding thank you gifts by whipping up a batch of DIY doughnuts yourself. It might take a little longer but it's a great idea if you are sticking to a budget. 

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15. Calligraphy Thank You Cards – £13 for 10, Betterday Studio

Calligraphy thank you cards

Nobody will expect a thank you gift for coming to your wedding so how about saving some pennies and writing everyone a lovely thank you card instead? We love these pretty foiled cards with translucent envelopes.

Pros & Cons: This serves as the perfect opportunity to put pen to paper and write a personalised message to each of your guests. They're bound to appreciate the thought behind it. 

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16. Wedding Candles – from £105.96 for 20

Gold and black wedding thank you candles

How cool are these personalised candles? They can be decorated with your names and wedding date, and come in various colour schemes so you can coordinate with your wedding theme. We love the idea of using these as a thank you gift for a winter wedding

Pros & Cons: These wedding candles look very classy and glamorous. They would suit a country house or boutique hotel wedding venue wonderfully. 

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17. Mint Sweet Tubes – £2.99, Etsy

Mint to be wedding favours

These sweetie tubes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser for both big and little guests. With a choice of colour for the tags you can make sure these little tokens of thanks match your theme perfectly, and you can also personalise the message to make the wording suits your – and your partner’s – personality.

Pros & Cons: We love the little pun on these wedding tags - it'll put a smile on every guest's face. Place these on your wedding tables for a minty refresh after dinner. 

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18. Mini Champagne – £3.99, The Bottle Club

Mini Champagne bottle wedding thank you gift

Fizz is one sure fire way to get everyone in the party mood. You could have these on hand when guests first arrive, with a little thank you tag tied around their necks, leave them on the table as favours, or hand them out before everyone leaves for a little hair of the dog supply the next day.

Pros & Cons: Alcohol wedding favours typically go down a treat at weddings! If you aren't a fan of bubbles, this brand offers lots of different tipple types. 

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Who Gets Thank You Gifts at a Wedding?

Sending thank you gifts to those that have helped, or even been a part of your wedding day, is a really lovely gesture. It is tradition to buy a wedding thank you gift for the parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen but many couples also give wedding favours to their guests as a token of appreciation. 

If you are looking for an affordable wedding thank you gift, writing and giving everyone a wedding thank you card is a simple yet sweet alternative. 

If you don’t have any budget left to buy wedding gifts for your guests, why not make your own? Check out our guide to the best DIY food wedding favours which your guests are sure to be grateful for