As you and your groom prepare for your big day, you likely are planning to have your best friend, sibling or other loved one standing by your side as you say, “I do.” As these important people support you on your journey down the aisle, you may want to show your gratitude by gifting them something memorable.

An easy way to make a gift to your bridesmaids and groomsmen is to have it personalized. Necklaces, tote bags, water bottles and even the hangar that will hold their suit or dress can make them feel like they’re sharing the day with you.

Another fun idea is to focus on the group of bridesmaids and the crew of groomsmen to create a sense of comradery. Surely you’ve seen parties with tank tops that say “bride tribe.” Similar ideas are beer koozies, blankets, sunglasses or anything that relates to your venue or bachelorette/bachelor party.

And if you want to give the gift of memories and maybe ease some of the awkwardness that comes with your bridesmaids and groomsmen meeting for the first time during rehearsal, you can set up a day out for your wedding party. Some couples may take their friends on a trip, go hiking or have a competitive field day. Others may just decide to host a nice dinner party and game night to introduce everyone.

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