(Don't worry -- just because there are fancy watches in the header photo doesn't mean we're going to tell you that you've gotta spend that kind of money on your gifts)
A wedding is a very important event in anyone's life. There's a whole lot of planning that goes down when it comes to this special event. From selecting the venue, choosing the right caterers, selecting the wedding attire, the list is pretty much endless.
But, there is another important thing that you need to think about and that is giving gifts to your groomsmen.The most appreciated gift you can give your groomsmen is a hassle-free wedding process from start to finish. This means clear communication, drama-free planning, and an epic reception.However, it’s also a tradition that you give an extra thanks to your attendants with athoughtfully chosen gift. This may leave you wondering how much to spend on groomsmen gifts?
While some grooms may think their groomsmen shouldbe honored that theywere asked to take part, they are forgetting the amount of time, money, and effort that attendants must spend to help the wedding day run smoothly.
Consider the basic jobs of the best man and groomsmen.
They need to:
First of all, it’s tradition.It’s custom to thank your friends for balancing out your side of the wedding photos (imagine six bridesmaids and only three groomsmen standing by the altar) and helping your wedding celebration go off without a hitch.
Secondly, when you think about the investment your groomsmen make for your happiness on your special day, it’s clear that a proper gift is definitely in order.
Recently, a study from GOBankingRates found that groomsmen typically spend more on the wedding than bridesmaids which is a little surprising given that groomsmen don't usually have expenses like hair and makeup.
For instance, the average cost of the wedding attire for each groomsman was $245.50, while bridesmaids spent $214.58.The bachelor party cost over $680 compared to bachelorette parties coming in under $400.
Before you even think of how much you are going to spend on the groomsmen gifts, it's essential you plan the budget for your wedding -- and gifts for groomsmen should be part of theoverall wedding budget.
When considering whether to spend a bit extra on your best man's gift, you should know that the best man will likely spend $1000 or so to fulfill his role, while the maid of honor spends almost half that amount.
This may mean that the groom spends a bit more on his gifts than the bride spends on gifts for her attendants.This is acceptable, but the reasoning shouldbe laid out during the budgeting process so there is no miscommunication.
Another thing you must keep in mind, especially if you have a group of best men, is that you need to treat everyone as equal as possible.
You can't play favoritism here and let one get something more expensive than the other, but this depends on some factors.
You also need to consider what the groomsmen do in their personal life to make it easier for you to think of a perfect gift for them.
Like nearly everything else involved in paying for a wedding, there's plenty of established tradition on who is "supposed" to pay for the groomsmen gifts.
The groom is typically in charge of selecting and purchasing gifts for his best man, groomsmen, the ring-bearer, his father, the father of the bride, and ushers.
He may also include a gift for a grandfather or any honorary groomsmen.Even if the parents of the bride are handling the wedding costs, the groomsmen gifts are the responsibility of the groom.
Yet some couples may determine the budget for their groomsmen and bridesmaid giftsjointly and use theoverall wedding budget to direct their decisions.
There is no "ideal" cost when it comes to gifting your groomsmen. This entirely depends on your budget and the number of groomsmen you have. It'sobviously easier to spend for one best man rather than four best men.
Depending on whether you are having an extravagant, large wedding, or a smaller, more intimate wedding, can be a good guide when deciding how much to spend on groomsmen gifts.
There's an informal rule, of spending about 10-30% of what your best man has spent for your wedding. Using this rule and assuming your best man spends the typical $1,000 between travel, accommodations, and tuxedo, his gift would be $100-$300.
Or you could keep things simple and go by what's listed in this article from Forbes (albeit one that's 10+ years old) and budget about $50 per groomsman or $250 total for your groomsmen gifts.
Yes, some grooms buy quite extravagant gifts for their wedding party like sets of golf clubs, high-end watches, and even fancy trips. If you are on a strict budget, don’t feel the need to spend more than necessary.
The most important thing is to be heartfelt in your thanks so selecting a less expensive (but personalized or otherwise thoughtful) gift isperfectly acceptable.
You should give yourself a good two months ahead of the wedding topurchase your gifts.This will give you plenty of time to pick something out, have it personalized or shipped, and gift-wrapped in advance of the wedding.However, there are many websites that offer rush shipping and personalization services if you shouldrequire a quicker turnaround.
Finally, to make the moment more memorable, write a personal note for each groomsman to go with their gift. Thank them for a specific action they took that stands out to you. Think about how they helped to contribute to your big day. While a note like this isn’t required, it’s a special touch that makes any gift that much more meaningful.
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