With this guide, selecting tokens of appreciation for your wedding party is one less item on your to-do list.
Choosing gifts for your wedding party—no matter how large—doesn’t have to be intimidating. “Make the gift about the person receiving it, not about you,” advises Tiny Jewel Box’s Matt Rosenheim.
Between bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, and, of course, each other, there’s a lot of love to be wrapped up and delivered on your big day. We chatted with some of the finest jewelers in the city to get their gift suggestions this season.
FOR EACH OTHER: Well-chosen bride and groom gifts serve as tiny reminders of your special day. Rolex watches—each engraved with a special sentiment on the back of the case—are a classic choice, “an amazing way to mark the chapter of a couple’s time together,” says Sherrie Beckstead of Liljenquist & Beckstead (Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., 703-448-6731).
FOR THE PARENTS: A wedding day is almost as special to the parents as it is to the couple. For mothers, Beckstead suggests a Monica Rich Kosann 18k gold locket, with custom-fit family photos. For fathers, cuff links are a traditional choice—made especially meaningful, Beckstead says, when customized with a family crest or monogram.
“Having something truly one-of-a-kind is the ultimate luxury,” adds Matt Rosenheim of Tiny Jewel Box (1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-393-2747). After the wedding, he says, a custom leather-bound wedding album for mom and a sterling silver frame showcasing the walk down the aisle for dad will live in the home forever.
FOR THE WEDDING PARTY: A thoughtful gift for your closest friends is a good step toward returning all the love they’ve showered upon you in the run-up to your wedding. Personalized jewelry for the ladies and monogrammed handkerchiefs or pocket squares for the men are timeless choices.
“Don’t personalize [the gifts] in such an outward fashion that the gift becomes obsolete,” says Rosenheim. “Personalize in a hidden or quiet way. Engrave their initials, not your wedding date. Always make the gift about the person receiving [it], not about you.”