Question from Jennifer:
We are traveling on a cruise to get married and have asked two couples to come with us giving us a very small wedding party of 6 total including bride and groom. They are good friends of ours and have jumped at the chance to come along. One person from each couple is either the Best Man or the Maid of Honour, while their significant others are spectators. My question is, should we give them gifts as couples or should we give BM and MOH gifts alone? Is it considered rude if no gifts are given?
Answer from Bridal Expert Angela:
It is tradition that the Best Man and Maid of Honour receive a gift from the Bride and Groom. Usually party favours are given to each person at a wedding reception. That is the usual way of doing things.
You could combine those two things to give one gift to each couple if you wanted to. It is important that what you choose reflects you as a couple, and reflects your relationship with your four guests.
Depending upon your budget, you could give the BM and MOH each a gift, and also give each couple a gift for coming with you on the cruise and sharing your special day. A common gift for small weddings like this is a photo album with key wedding photos given to them after you have your photos developed. Alternative to the photo album is a picture frame with a wedding picture.
These gifts do not need to be expensive gifts, but rather a reflection of your friendship for each other.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. If you have any other questions, feel free to write again.
Angela Fiebelkorn, Ask The Bridal Expert