Exchanging gifts with your soon-to-be spouse before the wedding is a sweet tradition that marks the momentous occasion. While not all couples choose to do so, it's a growing trend that brings with it it's own question: When's the best time to swap presents? Whether you've gone the extravagant route, are only sharing love notes, or grabbed a fun pair of socks to ward off "cold feet," our experts have a few ideas for the best time to swap presents on your wedding day.
The most traditional option is to have someone deliver your gifts so you can open them while you're getting ready. This is often done by the best man, but you could also ask your photographer's assistant, your wedding planner, or a staff member at the venue to make the delivery. Keep timing in mind, though! You'll want your photographer to be present to capture the moment as you open the gift, as well as your makeup artist to do any touchups you might need!
Some couples also opt to exchange gifts during their first look, so they can open the presents or notes together. You'll have the bonus of having your photographer on-hand, as well as the opportunity to thank one another immediately. If the gift is anything other than something you'd wear on your wedding day (or if you need to take off some of your jewelry to put on the necklace or earrings your fiancé got you), assign someone to return any items to the bridal suite so things don't get lost.
Of course, you could also trade gifts in private. This could be the night before the wedding, in anticipation of your big day, or, if you're staying together, first thing in the morning before you part ways to get ready. Sure, you won't have photos of the swap, but you'll be able to share the intimate moment without an audience — as well as have a little clarity of mind to really appreciate the gesture.