Guest book - back of a board game. Bridal party presents - Paying for attire (ties, pocket squares, dresses, coats). Parents presents - personalized picture frames and personalized jewelry
Guestbook-BucketList Book and Date Night Jar Bridal Party Gifts for Girls--MOH-kate spade two of a pair bangle, Anastasia of Beverly Hills gloss set, picture frame inscribed, Junior Bridesmaids-Kate Spade earrings, necklace, bangle, journals from Betsey Johnson with ballerina pen, candy (gift bag style). Men- shot glasses and gym/weekend bags. Parents: father's-handkerchief inscribed for each and personalized mugs from zazzle. Mother's- frames with personalized messages. Reader- Alex and Ani NY Giants bangle.
Here's our guest book! We loved it. And our gift to our parents we gave them each something small & sentimental, and then are gifting them a big print of a wedding picture (probably a family one) once they choose it. For BP we did hair/makeup, robes (NOT bridesmaid ones, actual ones), coffee mugs, earrings, and then a smaller personal gift for each ones. For GMS we did monogrammed poker sets.
We are using a big slice of tree trunk. We will display it in our bar at home after
Generally speaking, anything that is used the day of the wedding (hair/makeup, getting ready robes, jewelry that is supposed to be worn in the wedding) doesn't count as a gift.
My recommendation is always to buy them something personal, like you might for a birthday. All of my girls LOVE coffee and tea, so they all got a beautiful mug, and then they each got a pretty scarf with a color/print that matches something they love.
For our guestbook, we actually had our guests decorate a scrapbook page, and we've made that into our wedding album. Photos at the front, decorated pages at the back. People got really creative with it. I look at my book at least once a week. They drew pictures, wrote letters, advice, etc.
Guest book-my DH collects vinyl so we had a record album with a personalized center sticker as a guest book. MOH gift was an Alex & Ani bracelet and a little cat face bag. BM gift was a personalized flask (from Things Remembered). Parents will do wedding album and framed picture.
I didn't do anything super fun for the guestbooks. I just did the regular guestbook but my photobooth scrapbook kind of turned into my fun guestbook! For gifts I bought the moms pandora bracelets. The dads got monogrammed men toiletry bags. The bridesmaids got a shirt, flipflops, coach wristlet, cosmetic bag with day of kit, and jewelry.
After my first wedding my guest book went into a closet and wasn't taken back out again until we broke up. I didn't have time to do what I wanted to do for a guest book for this time, which was this: I saw on pintrest somewhere where the bride/groom asked their families/guests to send their favorite recipe with the RSVP. They printed them and had them bound into a book, and then at the wedding each person signed their recipe with well wishes.
I loved that idea, as then at least I'd still use the book and we'd get family recipes that we'd both grown up with.
We're going to use these as centerpieces after lacquering them but have an even wider one to use for guests to sign as the guest "log" (I think I'm soooo funny). Not sure yet on the gift ideas, so keep the ideas coming to help me out!
Guestbook: Thinking we'll just print out a photobook from shutterfly of our engagement photos for people to sign. Might make it a little more fun by doing a "caption this photo" on some of them. Also playing with doing a thumb print tree in addition to a guestbook. I know I wouldn't hang anything in our house with a bunch of signatures on it but I would hang up something like a thumbprint tree.
Bridal party gifts: Fiancé is getting each guy something different since they're all so different from one another. He knows he'll get his best man an engraved knife but he'll figure out the rest as our day gets closer.
For my bridesmaids I'll probably get them each a flannel (we're getting married in the fall) and something small more individualized to each of them.
Parents gifts: Thinking I'll be getting my mom a pearl drop necklace because I have one that she's obsessed with. His mom I'll get a necklace for as well, not sure what kind yet though. I'll probably get my dad an engraved wooden watch and for his stepmom and dad I'll let him figure out. We have a weird relationship with them.