wedding gift ideas

Wedding gift ideas

It is a long-standing tradition for the bride and groom to exchange gifts shortly before their wedding day. The idea behind bridal gifts isn't to make a fuss or spend a lot of money – although you can certainly do that if you wish.

This gift exchange is intended as a token of love and affection, a private moment in the midst of the bigger celebration shared with family and friends.

First, like any tradition, just because it exists doesn't mean you need to follow it. Talk with your fiancé/fiancée first to make sure you're both on the same page about a gift exchange. If you are, make sure you both agree on what sort of gift you'll choose to celebrate your commitment in a more private way.

From bride to groom

A gift for your groom celebrates your love on an intimate level. When choosing a gift to give your groom, keep in mind it doesn't need to be fancy or expensive. What matters is that it's personal and meaningful, celebrating your lifelong commitment to each other and the special person that he is.

Traditional gifts for the groom are classic and lasting, but highly personal when you choose something he'll use and treasure for years to come. Consider these options:

  • A classic watch, engraved on the back
  • Personalized cufflinks, engraved with a special saying or your wedding date
  • Engraved sterling silver picture frame
  • Engraved money clip or metal wallet
  • Leather desk set

What matters is that your gift comes from the heart and expresses your love and commitment in a way that means something to you as a couple.

From groom to bride

A bridal gift is a symbol of your love and a celebration of your commitment to each other.

Treat your fiancée to a beautiful gift that she will love. A classic bridal gift is jewellery for her to wear on the wedding day itself – if she has already accessorized for her wedding gown, perhaps jewellery for her to wear at the reception. A gorgeous strand of pearls or a pair of diamond earrings are both timeless choices that she will cherish long after the ceremony.


Let your bride's personality be your guide, and choose a bridal gift that shows you know her better than anyone else and cannot wait to spend your life together. A heartfelt gift for your bride does not have to empty your wallet. An inexpensive option is a picture frame engraved with your wedding date to hold a photo of the two of you, perhaps from the early stages of your relationship or a memorable time when you realised you had each found your soul mate.

Personal inscriptions really make wedding gifts complete. You can engrave your initials, your wedding date or another message inside rings, on watchcases, on pendants and charms or on a jewellery box made of precious metal. You cannot get much more personal than a photo locket with your picture inside and a message of love engraved on the outside.


From bride to bridesmaids

A wedding gift for your bridesmaids should be a special keepsake that they can treasure. At Ernest Jones we have a wide selection of gifts that would be just right for expressing your thanks towards your bridesmaids; perhaps a pendant, earrings, a stylish photo frame or trinket box. Whatever you decide it will be a gift from the heart.

From groom to groomsmen

Your best man, ushers and groomsmen have all given everything to make your wedding the best day of your life, so why not reward them with a stylish pair of cufflinks, a keepsake pen or even a watch? Ernest Jones has a wide range of gifts to choose from so there will always be something which is right for expressing your gratitude.

From groom to Mother-In-Laws

Traditionally, Mother-In-Laws may receive a bouquet of flowers from the groom as a way to say thank you for all their endless love and support. However you may prefer to give them a gift of classic jewellery, trinket box, or a photoframe so they can treasure the joining of their son & daughter's beautiful matrimony forever.