Sunday, 8 March 2015
Your bridesmaids are your loyal friends and family that have been by your side through all the wedding craziness. If you’re having a dress/invitation/centerpiece/all of the above meltdown at 3am, it’s bridesmaids to the rescue. They often travel hundreds or thousands of miles to attend destination weddings and part with hundreds of dollars of their hard earned cash to pay for dresses, shoes, bachelorette parties and more. It’s no wonder then that it's tradition to show your appreciation for their efforts with a small gift. Here are some ideas to inspire you.
Jewelry – although many write it off as traditional and overdone, consider matching jewelry to wear on the wedding day. If you get something they can wear again they will think of you every time they wear it.
Wristlets – trending right now are wristlets. They are small, so are easy to transport if you’re having a destination wedding, and they come in a range of styles and colors so you can pick one to suit the individual style of each bridesmaid.
Homemade – if your budget is stretched but you still want to get your maids something special, homemade gifts are a thoughtful option. Scented candles, knitted scarves, a collection of your favorite recipes or photo albums are a lovely way to say thank you with a personal touch.
Pay for their costs – travel and wedding costs add up quickly for the bridal party, so paying for their accommodation or airfares to destination weddings, or the dress/hair/makeup for local weddings is a great way to relieve the financial burden and say thank you.
Pamper packs – find out what products each of your girlfriends love and put them together in a personalized pamper pack. Grab a wicker basket and get to work filling it with beauty products, skin care products, tea, candles and a sneaky bottle of bubbles. Some cosmetic counters will give away free samples for you to include if you ask nicely. To make it extra special, arrange for these to be left in their hotel rooms for when they arrive, so they can have a little pamper session before (or after) the big day.
Whatever you decide to buy, remember the most important part of the gift is the handwritten note expressing your thanks for them being part of your day.