'Tis the season for gratitude and giving!

give thanks on wedding day

Perhaps you grew up in a family that celebrates Thanksgiving by going around the table and sharing what you are most grateful for this year. In many ways, your wedding day is another opportunity to stop and reflect on your blessings.

In the spirit of the holiday season, here are 10 ideas for incorporating gratitude and giving on your wedding day.

Thank your Parents/Close Family

Idea #1: Personalized handkerchiefs for them to use on your wedding day and keep forever.

Photo by Blink of an Eye Photography


Idea #2: At the ceremony, ask the officiant if you could read a poem in honor of your family. Here's one example of wording we love, via

"We would like to dedicate this ceremony to our parents. They have taught us our values, and shown us how to laugh, love, and appreciate all that life has to offer. Their generosity, support, and love is unending."


Idea #3: Or, you can surprise them at the reception instead. Imagine the look on their faces when they flip over this drink coaster...

Photo: Blink of an Eye Photography


Idea #4: Give your parents one last hug before you're pronounced "husband and wife." Take the time to stop for one final display of affection.

Photo by Jeremy Beasley


Thank your Mother-in-Law

Idea #5: This woman birthed and raised your life partner. Enough said.

Ring dish by Susabellas on Etsy


Thank your People

Idea #6: Not only have they sacrificed time, energy (and, let’s face it, money) to stand by your side on their wedding day, they have also gotten you to this point in life. They are your best friends, your sidekicks, your people. So why not thank them in writing on a gift they will use and remember forever?

Clutch by SandraSmithHandmade on Etsy


Idea #7: Something practical for your brother/cousin/friend.

Personalized hammer by Springbrook on Etsy


Thank your Guests for their Presence

Idea #8: Never underestimate the value of the written word, which is sometimes more powerful than any physical gift. Here’s an idea: leave a thoughtful note tucked inside the linen at each place setting for your guests. Remind them that they have made you who you are—the perfect match for your bride/groom—and for that you are most grateful.

Thank you note by LittleMissMrs on Etsy


Pay it Forward

Idea #9: In place of wedding favors, make a generous donation to a charity of your choice in your guests’ honor.

Photo Credit: Brett & Emily Photographers


Last, but not least…

Thank your Husband or Bride-to-Be

Idea #10: Take a cue from The Queen of Giving, Oprah Winfrey, and tell them how thankful you are for them in writing. "When you focus on what you have, your abundance only increases.” Exchange notes to read in private before the ceremony, or have them waiting in your room after the wedding.

Card by aLittleBirdTweetMe on Etsy

Card by Pheasant Press on Etsy


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