So you’ve had the engagement party, the Stag of All Stags and a suit-fitting weekend. You’ve had a million WhatsApp messages and late-night phone-calls. You’ve had emergency pints, celebratory pints, what-the-hell-am-I-doing pints and casual pints over footie.
The lads have been with you every step of the way. If they haven’t got much to offer in the wedding decorations department, they’ve made up for it by being a constant source of moral support. The Lads. They’re just brilliant aren’t they?
And they deserve a little bit of recognition. It’s been a long-held tradition that the bride bestows a lovely gift upon her bridesmaids, but in recent years Groomsmen Favours have really gathered momentum, according to Claire McCarthy from the Bash Company.
Some of the most popular ideas include:
These have the added benefit of being both sentimental and practical. Get something bespoke or personalised (engraved initials or symbols of something you share a love for) and use them tofinish off the suit on the Big Day. Chupi do a nice little range of cufflinks and offer personalisation services.
Gift of the suit
Of course, there is the trend of gifting the suit, or part of the suit – like the shoes or the accessories (bow tie/tie/ pocket-square/ socks) but all of this depends on budget of course.
A personalised wallet for the best man is always a good option – plus you can have a bit of fun with the message if you keep it on the inside. We like Irish company Carve On– who do a range of leather goods that you can personalise.
Drinks flasks and mini bottles of booze
These are extremely popular, especially as it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This year they’ll be used at your wedding. Next year they’ll be snuck into the Electric Picnic. Again, you can get the hipflask engraved with a special message. And you can now get personalised logos for miniature bottles of spirits.
If you want a keepsake that’s loud and proud, a framed print is a good option – you know it’s going to sit on a wall or a shelf somewhere. We love this “Ah Jaysis” print from online interior store April and the Bear.