Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Hello and welcome to the Justin and Lauren Photography blog! We are Justin and Lauren, photographers based in Charleston, South Carolina. Our journey began in 2015 when we met during training to become photojournalists for the U.S. Air Force. Our passion for photography has only grown since then, which led us to start our own business. We’re your photographers for all kinds of events– Weddings, engagement and couple photos, branding, and more! If you’re interested in learning more about us and what we offer, visit our website! We love taking photos in unique locations, so if you’re up for traveling to a beautiful, secluded and peaceful location, we’re going to get along just fine! As your photographers, we are dedicated to providing you with the best of the best in images and an unforgettable experience. Candid photos are some of our favorites to capture. We pride ourselves on being raw, real, and authentic. We also provide prints, canvases, and albums. Contact us today so we can help bring your dream photoshoot to life. We can’t wait to meet you!


Our last article discussed ways to personalize your engagement session. Your session will produce photos that are great memories for you and your family for generations to come, so you’ll want them to be special! What better way to do this than to add your own personal touches? We discussed the importance of location, props, accessories, candid shots, and more! If you’re interested in reading about how you can make your engagement session more personal, check out our last post!


Today, we’ll be talking about bridesmaids and groomsmen gift ideas. Including a gift for your wedding party is a thoughtful way to tell them thank you for standing by your side on your wedding day and showing them that you care. We also love when our couples incorporate the gift-giving into their timeline because it’s just another unique moment to capture for them on their big day. If you’re interested in checking out some ideas for wedding party gifts, you’re in the right place! Let’s get right into it.


We often get asked by our couples about what gifts we have seen done before, so we decided to put together a list of our top 6 favorites gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen all from Etsy– An online marketplace full of unique and personalized gifts! Each one includes a link to the gift, so you can check them out for yourself!


For Bridesmaids



  1. Robes


These handmade satin robes make for gorgeous gifts for your bridal party! They come in a variety of colors, including mauve, white, champagne, and even emerald, burgundy, and navy. You can also add a monogram to the back in a color of your choice. If you choose to add a monogram, it might be the names of your bridesmaids, simply the word “bridesmaid”, or anything else you can think of– Get creative! We think these would be great for bridal party photos as well!


  1. Hangers


We think these wooden engraved hangers would make for a lovely surprise for your bridal party! These handmade hangers made from natural hardwood are engraved with a laser to personalize them for your special day. You can engrave your bridesmaids’ names on them, as well as the date of your wedding day if you choose. There are a few different colors to choose from, and each comes with a notched shoulder that is perfect for hanging straps!


  1. Pajama Set


These gorgeous pajama sets are wrinkle-free and come in a variety of colors and a great range of sizes. They consist of a button-down short sleeve top and a matching pair of shorts. You can customize the shirts with a monogram on the front, back, or both! We think these are perfect for a bridal party photo session, or for wearing while you and your party are getting ready for the big day! Plus, who doesn’t love a good pair of pajamas?


  1. Candles


We don’t know about you, but we can never say “no” to a good candle– Especially not one that smells like a wedding cake! These handcrafted candles are made from a natural coconut wax blend, with lead-free cotton wicks and premium fragrance oils infused with essential oils. With notes of strawberry, sugar, and vanilla, we’re pretty sure we can smell these candles through the screen. They’re also 100% vegan, toxin, paraben, and phthalate-free. These would be great as gifts on their own or as part of a bridal party box!


  1. Wine Stoppers


These gorgeous wine stoppers are handmade with resin and can be personalized with a letter/initial on top and filled with flowers in your choice of color, leaves, and silver or gold foil. You can make them all the same, or make each one unique! We think these would make a great surprise gift for your bridal party.


  1. Bracelets


These handmade bracelets come in silver, gold, or rose gold and feature a little “knot” to represent tying the knot– How cute! You can add charms with your bridesmaids’ initials or gemstones. This could be the bridesmaid’s birthstone or the stone representing the month your wedding is taking place. You can get them in a cute little box in a color of your choice, and you can include a super sweet card inside the box. These bracelets are cute, simple, and affordable!


For Groomsmen


  1. Socks


These socks come in black with a white design of your choice. They have a few different phrases to choose from, including “GROOM’s Crew” and “Best Man”. These are great for a photo session with your party, and certainly a great gift that they’ll be able to look back on for years to come!


  1. Dopp Kit


These handmade leather bags come in black, dark or light brown, and blue. You can get your groomsmens’ initials or names embossed into the corner of each bag. They come in large or extra-large sizes. We feel like you can’t go wrong with these bags– They’ll always come in handy for travel!


  1. Flask


These personalized leather flasks are the perfect gift for your groomsmen! They come in gray, brown, black, and rawhyde. You can have them professionally laser engraved with names, initials, dates, or titles, such as “groomsman” or “best man”. These are great gifts for celebrating with your groomsmen. They even have a 3-day delivery option, in case you’re looking for a last-minute gift!


  1. Sunglasses


Allow yourself and your groomsmen to have a movie star moment with these personalized sunglasses! Made of bamboo and plastic, these sunglasses can be engraved with names, initials, titles, or dates to add a personalized touch. You could even put your groomsmens’ initials on one side and their title or the date of your wedding on the other side. These make for a great, simple gift, and will certainly look great in photos!


  1. Bottle Opener


These unique bottle openers are sure to “wow” your groomsmen. They are made from real, demilitarized bullets that were discharged by the military. You can select a primary color of black or brass, and get them engraved with your groomsmens’ names– You can select anywhere from 1 to 3 lines of text and you can choose from 4 fonts. Each one comes in its own burlap gift bag. Not only do these make for a unique gift, but they are sure to be cherished for years to come!


  1. Cuff Links


These handmade cuff links are made from stainless steel and wood, with a high-polished and smooth surface. They come in gold, black, or silver and can be customized with initials. You can also choose for them to come in a wooden box, and that can be customized as well with each groomsmens’ name. These are a simple yet classy gift that your groomsmen are sure to love!




For Your Doggo


You know we had to include a bonus section of gifts for your dog. Are you even a real dog lover if you don’t include your pup in some way in your wedding plans or wedding day? Just kidding…but not really.


  1. Collar and Leash


This super cute collar and leash set says “I DO TOO”, and can be customized with flowers in 18 color options. You can also opt to get only the collar or only the leash if you don’t need both. They come in a wide variety of sizes as well, to accommodate most breeds. How cute will your sweet pup look in this on your special day?!


  1. Bandana


This cute little bandana comes in sizes small, medium, and large, with an adjustable collar with a breakaway clasp for your dog’s safety. You can get it with the words “Dog of Honor”, or message the seller to customize it further. This is such a cute and simple way to let your furbaby be part of your big day!


  1. Handkerchief


This handkerchief is perfect for those who cannot have their dog attend their special day, for whatever reason. You can choose from a scallop, straight, or lace style handkerchief and choose from a variety of dog breeds to have printed on it– OR you can customize it with a photo of your own dog. This sweet little gift is printed with the words, “Keep me close by in case you cry / Love from your dog on this special day / XOXO (your dog’s name)”. We’re not crying… You are.

As you can see, Etsy is filled to the brim with unique and personalized gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. We hope you found this post helpful and that you found a gift that you love! At Justin and Lauren Photography, we dedicate ourselves to capturing the unique beauty of those special moments in your life. We are located in Charleston but are available to travel– In fact, we have tons of places we just have to see on our bucket list. Let’s have an adventure together! If you have any questions about our services or would like to book a session, reach out to us today so we can meet in person or over Zoom to talk about your ideas and help bring them to life. We would love to connect with you! 


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Hi friends, we are Justin and Lauren! Our journey into photography started in 2015 at the same time we first met: during training to become photojournalists for the U.S. Air Force. Over the years, our passion for photography has only grown, and we finally decided. “Why not us?” and began our business. Today we provide wedding photography here in Charleston, SC, as well as engagement, couples, and branding photography for the Charleston area.