Gifts from the Bride and Groom, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Riley McLean Weddings. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

So many people are involved in planning, pulling off, and celebrating your wedding.  It takes time but is so important to show your gratitude and appreciation for these people.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner, is here to help you with a checklist of helpful hints in wedding gift giving.

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  1. The Wedding Party
    • Maid of Honor, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Ring Bearer, Flower Girl. Many times these are the people putting in a significant amount of money and time to be a part of the wedding party.  A gracious way to thank them is with a gift to show your appreciation for their support.
  2. Parents 
    • This is not an obligatory gift but is be a beautiful way to thank your parents for being in your life and helping get you to your big day (especially if they are footing the bill for the wedding).  This generally is a personalized gift with some sentimental value.
  3. Shower Hostesses
    • These are the people that planned those wedding showers prior to your big day.  You might think of gift cards to a restaurant with a hand written letter to show your appreciation.  They went out of their way to make you feel special prior to the wedding, and it would mean a lot to make them feel special as well.
  4. Ceremony Participants
    • Officiants, readers, musicians, ushers.  This category fits anyone that went above and beyond your expectation to make your ceremony special and go off without a hitch.  This gift may include a small token of your appreciation, a gift card, and/or a note handwritten to them to show your gratitude for making your ceremony spectacular.
  5. Vendors
    • It takes an army to pull off your big day – wedding planners, florists, photographers, etc.  Planning ahead for a generous tip on the day of the wedding and an amazing review on Facebook, Wedding Wire, etc. would be greatly appreciated for them.  They make their living from pulling off the wedding of people’s dreams, just like yours.
  6. Party Favors for Guests
    • A final gift to think about is one for your guests.  Look for a blog in the near future on choosing the perfect party favors.  However, just think of a way that you can give a mass “thank you” to those people who are with you on your big day.  Personalize it to fit your personality but make it something that people would want to take home as a memento of your wedding. (Food or drink are always hits!)
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It can seem like a daunting task to make sure that everyone that is involved in your wedding feels your appreciation.  Set a budget for these gifts, think about a timeline for ordering them, ask yourself “would I want this gift?”, and personalize it as much as possible.  Everyone loves a gracious giver, and the more you plan ahead, the more time you will have to express your appreciation. Have questions or need help in wedding planning? Contact Knots ‘N Such today!



4 Months and Counting—Ramping Up for the Big Day (Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner)

Poppy Belle Design is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist. Feature photo by McCardell Photography.

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By now, I bet you’re tired of big picture.

By now, I bet you’re ready to throw all those origami place cards into the fire.

By now, I bet you’re chomping at the bit to do something, anything, just a bit more directly related to the big day.

You’re four months out from the wedding and—lucky you!—it’s time to rev up the engines.

Call in the big leagues, it’s about to get real.

The first eight months (assuming a year-long engagement) of your wedding planning process focuses on the heavy hitters: lining up your vendors, buying your wedding dress, choosing a wedding party, daydreaming about how things will look, feel and sound.

But four months out, you need to start looking at the fine details.


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  1. Create a draft timeline.

You need to start drafting a timeline for the big day. This can be a bit bare bones at this point and will definitely be subject to change (trust me, there will be draft on draft on draft), but start getting things down on paper. Your coordinator can provide a generic one for you to get started.

  1. Look again at what you need to do.

Update your to-do checklist for the coming months, taking into account coming deadlines for deposits and tasting dates. Put these on your calendar! If you can get any of those payments out of the way, go ahead and do so.

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  1. Start making (more) lists.

Again just getting ideas on paper since this is subject to change, begin outlining what you will need to pack and bring for the big day. I’m not talking about your personal day-of bag but any possible item needed for your wedding. This will be crucial for whoever is actually tasked with heading setup. You should also start making or update a to-buy or to-make list.


  1. Hammer out the last of the big-picture items.

If you haven’t figured out desserts (which is fine!), start doing tastings and get that piece lined up. Same thing with the groomsmen attire. If you’re renting tuxes, they should probably get cracking.


  1. Invite those guests!

Finalize your guest list if it has changed from when save-the-dates went out. Get started on your invitations—fine tune the wording, have them printed, address the envelopes—so that they’re ready to go in the mail.

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This is the beginning of the end. This is the start of the nitty gritty details that make your wedding come to life. You’re just putting down the broad strokes now, laying the foundation so you can tinker again and again moving forward. But buckle up because it’s go time.

Not quite ready? Feel like a deer caught in headlights? Give us a call at Knots ‘N Such; we’re happy to point you in the right direction, give a quick consultation or take over that coordinator position for you!.