Yes. No way around it. You must show appreciation for all that you’ve asked them to do. If you’ve stood up in a wedding before, you know how much time and money goes into it. As the groom, you are responsible for all gifts for not just your groomsman but also any ushers and ring bearers. Your father and future father in law may also receive gifts. This is assuming they’ve been heavily involved in the process as well.
This question falls deeply on your budget and personal preference. It’s more important to provide a great gift than to provide the most expensive gift. Last year the average amount spent on a groomsman gift was $35.83. The highest amounts being spent in states West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Jersey.
A good rule of thumb is to spend between 10% - 25% of what your groomsmen are being asked to spend to be a part of your wedding. It works by keeping it affordable for you and reminding yourself of what your asking of your guys, in turn keeping it all in check.
Depends slightly on what gift you decide on. If they have anything to do with being used on the day itself, then obviously they need them prior. It’s common for wedding party gifts to be given out at the rehearsal dinner. You could also give them at a bachelor party or morning of the wedding. If you choose an experienced based gift, then it can be given whenever you’d like them to use it.
Always give a thank you card alongside your gift. Write a personal message that is thoughtful and is a personal reflection of your relationship with that specific dude. It doesn’t have to be super mushy or long, but make sure you get the point across. You appreciate him and his efforts. Often men let the gift speak for itself, rather than writing anything too extensive. Here’s a few ideas to get you brainstorming.
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