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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

 

While it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of your big day, it's important to remember the bridesmaids and maid/matron of honor who will stand faithfully at your side during the ceremony. Bridesmaids and maids of honor have a great deal of responsibility in preparing for a wedding, so it is tradition for the bride to express her gratitude with thoughtful gifts.


A few things to keep in mind when choosing bridesmaid and maid of honor gifts:

-The maid or matron of honor usually receives something a bit more lavish than the bridesmaids and/or flower girl.

-The rehearsal dinner is a popular time to bestow thank-you gifts upon your attendants, but you can also do so at a special gathering of "the girls."

-The bridal party can end up nearly as exhausted as the bride and groom with all the planning and running around that goes into preparing for the wedding. Consider giving relaxation-themed gifts, like a gift certificates to a local spa.

 

You should spend whatever you can afford on your attendant presents. Here are some innovative ideas for bridesmaid gifts that are sure to be appreciated.

 

A day at the spa - Give you maid of honor and the rest of the bridal party a chance to unwind with a massage, wrap or facial either before or after the wedding. They'll probably need it!

 

Magazine subscriptions - Sure, it's not particularly wedding-y, but giving your friends each a subscription to their favorite magazine makes it easy to customize the gift to each person's individual taste. They'll surely appreciate this gift that keeps on giving more than they would a piece of jewelry or accessory that they'll only use on the day of the wedding.

 

Accessories they can use again - A great way to be both practical and thoughtful. For example, give each member of your wedding party an elegant silk scarf in a different shade that they can wear at the wedding, and after the wedding. You can do the same thing with cute purses. They don't necessarily have to be identical, as long as they keep with the overall decorating scheme of the wedding.

 

Customized photo albums - Buy a nice little photo album - or better yet, make your own scrapbook - for each of your attendants. Customize each one with photos of the two of you and the good times you had together - back in your single days! Each of your bridesmaids will appreciate the personal touch.

 

Personalized make-up kits - If you plan to have your attendants' make-up done professionally, make note of the colors that work best with each person's complexion, purchase the make-up, and then package each set in a cute gift box or make-up bag. Some salons even allow you to redeem the price of a make-up application in product purchases, which works even better!

 


 

Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

2 Earn miles toward your honeymoon with a frequent flyer miles credit card from weddingsthatwork.com.

3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at weddingsthatwork.com with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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