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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 12 years in the bridal industry. She has worked as an editor at Martha Stewart Weddings,, and currently writes wedding planning, etiquette, and style content for Four Seasons Weddings, Huffington Post Weddings, WeddingWire, and Vera Wang’s weekly newsletter, XO, Vera.  She is also the author of The Wedding Organizer published by russell+hazel. Here, Anne tells us how the bride and groom can give meanigful gifts to the people who have made their big day possible! 

I’ve selected some of my favorite gift ideas on Taigan that couples can gift to any member of the wedding’s bridal party, including their parents and thoughtful gifts to give each other on their wedding day. Remember that with any thank-you gift you hand out, attach a personal note thanking the person for their love and support and let them know how much you appreciate them.

-Anne Chertoff                      

Groomsmen, Groom and Dad:



The Scarborough Longboard Skateboard: Definitely not for everyone, but the hipster groom and groomsmen will love skating around town on this one-of-a-kind, handmade board. And the anchor image makes this gift the perfect vehicle for cruising around any beach town.


Custom Round Monogram Cufflinks: Always a great gift for the bride to gift her groom, or the groom to gift his best man and groomsmen, customized cufflinks are a classic personalized gift that anyone would appreciate. It’s a great gift for the dads too!


BERTI Italian Cigar cutter with wood base: A cigar aficionado will be thrilled when he receives this Italian cigar cutter as a thank-you gift.  Throw in a box of his favorite cigars and light them up at the wedding’s after party.


Whiskey Stones: You can almost never go wrong with an alcohol-related gift for the guys.  These soapstone ice rocks will chill a drink without diluting it with melted water.  Why not toast your new bride the night before the wedding or the day-of by including a bottle of your favorite, or his, single malt scotch.




Anemoi Coral Red Python Clutch or Beauty Case: Whether you’re having a destination wedding or not, bridesmaids will love this coral clutch they can use to store travel essentials or as an evening bag. Brides can also slip in a few fun items to make it more of a welcome bag with travel-size toiletries and a small scented candle.


Custom Silhouette Notepad: I’m a paper fanatic and these customized silhouette notepads are quite fabulous! This chic pad is something any bridesmaid will not just love to have but love to use too!


Candle – Jason Wu – Orchid Rain: In addition to the wonderful scent, the holder for the signature candle by Jason Wu is quite chic.

 For the Bride:


Classic Flavor Ice Cream Sandwich- 8 Pack: For the girl who really has everything, a groom can gift his bride a sweet treat that he knows she’ll enjoy – and one that they can enjoy together.   It might not be the best day-of gift but something to treat her with the week before the big day or after your honeymoon.


Glass Turquoise Drop Earring: These Siman Tu glass turquoise earrings with crystals would be a something blue gift from the groom to his bride.  If she can’t wear them on her wedding day she’s sure to wear them on her honeymoon and in the years to come.



Mom Handkerchief- Blue: Make sure mom has a special handkerchief with her at the ceremony in case she sheds a tear or two. This gift can be her ‘something blue’ on your big day and your siblings’, as well as a family keepsake to pass down to you to have at your own children’s weddings.


Heavenly White Hydrangeas: Have someone deliver these faux blooms by Diane James Home to mom as she’s getting ready. They’ll last for years and every time she looks at them she’ll be reminded of one of the happiest days of her life, her daughter’s wedding day.


Velvet Travel Set: Ensure that on mom’s next trip she’s traveling in style with the ultimate travel set. A stylish travel clutch contains a boudoir pillow with cover, eyemask and throw so she can relax in comfort on a long flight.




White Guinea Leather Cuff: If your pet is part of the bridal party make sure he looks his best with a new leather color with polished stainless steel hardware.


iPad Case in Coral Red Python: Your wedding planner has been your best friend through the entire planning process, so send her a thank-you gift with a note telling her how much you appreciated her help. This red python iPad case is something she’ll enjoy carrying around while meeting with future clients.


Lion MIBO Ruck Sack: Kids will LOVE receiving one of these animal ruck sack backpacks chock full of all sorts of goodies!  Include some snacks – cookies, chocolates – a drawing pad or coloring book with crayons or colored pencils, and some small toys and have it waiting for them when they arrive for the wedding weekend or give it to them at the rehearsal dinner.


About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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