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
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!