Modern weddings are breaking from traditions more and more with brides and grooms making their ceremonies and receptions incredibly personal. Still, some traditions live on and are an indispensable part of a wedding. One of these traditions is giving the best man a gift, and often times, we get questions from customers about the practice. We put together this brief list of best man gift FAQs to help:
Why Does the Best Man Get a Gift from the Groom?
Typically, all members of the wedding party receive gifts as a way of showing appreciation for their participation in the event. Being in a wedding involves the expense of renting a tuxedo and often traveling and staying overnight. It also requires a donation of one's time. The gift is also a way of acknowledging everything that the best man has done for the groom during their lives and is a simple way of saying, "I love you, man!"
When Should the Best Man Gift Be Given?
There is no specific time when the best man gift must be given out. Often, it's done at the rehearsal dinner either publicly in front of everyone or privately. It could also be done on the morning of the wedding or in the days leading up to the event. Just make sure to give the gift prior to the start of the actual wedding.
Does the Best Man Get the Same Gift as the Groomsmen?
Again, there is no specific rule regarding what the gifts must be. Many grooms choose to give the best man the same gift as the groomsmen, but just as many select something extra special or spend a little more on the best man gift. If you do decide to splurge and buy the best man something that is clearly of more value than what you're giving the other gents in the wedding party, it would be best to give the gifts privately rather than in front of everyone.
How Much Do You Have to Spend on a Best Man Gift?
Wedding etiquette doesn't prescribe a specific amount that must be spent on a best man gift. Naturally, you want to make sure that the gift fits into your budget. If you're strapped for cash, there is nothing wrong with choosing a gift that is $25 or under, provided you purchase something that is of good quality. Got a little more room in your budget? You can use the amount of money that your best man is spending to be in your wedding as a guide. If the best man is paying for airfare, an expensive hotel room and a bachelor party, you might spend more than you would if your wedding is local and all the best man is paying for is the cost of the rental tux.
When choosing a best man gift, take his interests, career and lifestyle into consideration. For example, if he loves golf, the Personalized Mallet Putter would make a memorable gift, while a man who is meticulous about his appearance might prefer the Haydon Engraved Chrome Shaving Set. Here at GroomStand, we have plenty of options available with something to suit every best man, and our gifts come in a wide range of prices, ensuring you'll find something to fit your budget in our inventory.