Bride and Groom wedding gift exchange

Bride and Groom Gift Exchange

From luxury watches to diamond jewellery sets or timeless cuff links, discover our ideas and browse through our selection of special gifts for your bride or groom.

22 September 2020 EDITOR - Ernest Jones

It is a long-standing tradition for the bride and groom to exchange wedding gifts ahead of their wedding ceremony, as an extended token of their love and affection.

Whilst some couples choose to agree on exchanging a gift that will last a lifetime to represent their commitment, others may wish to demonstrate it with an experience that best reflects their relationship instead. Although a wedding gift exchange should have more sentimental value than monetary value, they all share one thing in common regardless of what they may be: they turn into a memory that will last forever.

However, as with any tradition, just because it exists, doesn't mean you need to follow it to a tee. With so many couples now choosing to make their own traditions, some decide to give this step a miss and take joy in celebrating the marriage as a symbol of love and commitment, without having to seal it with a physical gift.

Why do we exchange wedding day gifts?

Deciding to get your partner a gift is simply another opportunity to celebrate the big day together. Although the selection process can at times be a little stressful in the beginning, it’s important to keep in mind that the wedding gift exchange should be an exciting, touching and memorable moment for the both of you. It's a way to get each other even more excited about this new chapter in your lives and carry that memory through with you for a lifetime.

When do we exchange wedding gifts?

The gift exchange usually takes place on the day of the wedding, with many surprising their partner as they get ready ahead of the ceremony. But whether you choose to physically be there in person or not is completely your choice! You can either combine it with the beautiful ‘first look’ reveal you share ahead of the ceremony, or if you prefer to see each other down the aisle for the first time; get a little help from your dedicated entourage, by having them deliver your gift on your behalf as your partner is getting ready.

If your wedding day schedule is already packed, you can also consider exchanging presents a few days before the wedding… perhaps at your rehearsal dinner or those final quiet moments of simply relaxing at home. Regardless of when you choose to do this, it’s always such a special moment that’s full of emotion, so it’s worth having your photographer at the ready to capture the memory.

What makes the perfect wedding gift?

Before you begin searching for the perfect gift, we recommend asking yourself what is the one thing that will show your partner how well you know them, and how much you truly appreciate them? Think about what best represents this huge step in your relationship, as well the memories and heartfelt conversations you’ve had in the past.

For some, jewellery is simply unrivalled. Gifted jewellery carries so many precious moments throughout the years, especially when chosen by a loved one. To add to the sentiment, these pieces can, over time, become a cherished family heirloom that is passed down to many generations.

For others, a dreamy trip to a paradise island is the answers, where you can spend hours watching the sunrise, talking about the future over a romantic dinner, and create those special memories that you’ll be reminiscing about for many years to come.

Need more inspiration? Here are some wedding gifting ideas to get you inspired:

Watches as wedding gifts

Whether for him or her, timepieces are packed with sentiment, symbolism, and style. A watch is a classic wedding gift that your partner can wear on the wedding day, as well as every day after that.

In an era of endless scheduled work and social commitments, it’s never been more important to make time for what matters as you approach the start of a new life together. A watch is not only a practical gift to keep track of time, but one that also acts as a reminder to spend every possible moment with loved ones.

There are many watches available to help capture your partner’s personality, as well as finding a design that defines your style as a couple. You can choose to go for a formal or luxury watch to compliment the wedding attire, or the latest smartwatch to sport during your adventurous honeymoon. If you’re considering shopping for wedding exchanges together, matching brands, colours or styles could be the perfect opportunity to capture a ‘his & hers’ moment to perfectly mark the occasion.

Jewellery sets as wedding gifts

From classically delicate to statement and stylish, jewellery sets make for a wonderful gift that can be worn during the wedding, as well as enjoyed individually after the big day. With so many different metals, stones and styles to choose from, it’s safe to assume that it won’t take long before you find the perfect set to gift your beautiful bride.

If you’re planning on surprising your other half with a jewellery set that’s guaranteed to complete her bridal look, we recommend selecting your top 3 choices to share with her bridal party for a final verdict. Whether you choose our White Gold Diamond Pear Jewellery Set or Swarovski Angelic Rhodium Plated Set, jewellery sets are sure to add a special touch that will make her feel and look like the gorgeous bride that she is.

Cufflinks and tie clips

It’s fair to say that guys love looking their best too, especially on the big day – and nothing says dapper quite like a great pair of cufflinks or a tie clip. Every man needs that one special pair of cufflinks, and by gifting him a set to celebrate your wedding day, it’s guaranteed that these will become a firm favourite that he’ll cherish forever.

The best part is that these both make for a thoughtful and practical gift…and who doesn’t love that?! With so many options ranging in styles and colours, browse through our selection of many brands online or in-store to help you to decide on what will suit your partner’s personal style best.

Diamonds and pearls

Symbolic of purity and loyalty, pearl or diamond jewellery pieces make for a classic bridal gift. Whether you decide to go for a gorgeous strand of pearls, a sophisticated pair of diamond earrings, or a dazzling pendant that combines the two elements together, they all make for timeless choices that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Diamond or pearl necklaces, bracelets and earrings are a popular choice for most brides, and a new sparkling addition can make for a precious gift to be adorned both during and after the wedding day. Both options can add a glamourous touch to any look, and their glittering or warm white glow means they work beautifully with all personalities.

Personalised wedding gifts

Personal inscriptions can really elevate your wedding gift and help to make it all feel complete. You can engrave your initials, wedding date or a secret message inside your wedding bands, on pendants and charms or on a silver picture frame. To take that element of personalisation even further, a locket with your picture inside and a message of love engraved on the outside can really help to capture the magic of your relationship Visit our personalised jewellery guide service here for more details.

Let your partner’s personality be your guide and choose a gift that proves you know them better than anyone else. Remember, a heartfelt gift does not have to break the bank. You can spark emotion, love, and excitement whether you choose to go for jewellery, a personalised picture frame, a surprise holiday or a romantic meal at home.

Whatever you choose, a gift for your husband or wife to be celebrates your love on an intimate level, and we’re certain that they will love it all the more because of the context in which you'll be giving it. Whether you stick with tradition or carve out your own idea for your wedding day gift exchange, what matters most is that it comes from the heart and expresses your love and commitment in a way that means something to you as a couple.

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