I’m such a lucky bride, to have my girls by my side!
For the fraught, hard working bridesmaids who have been roped in to the cause, they are there for us when we pick our dress, when we have our minor to major bridezilla moments, they are there through the celebrations and the disasters that is wedding planning. So to ensure that they will still be around apres wedding, a nice little (or big incentive) might be helpful in ensuring that these friendships last into old age.
A bridesmaid gift should be personal and thoughtful, and although it is all about the bride and groom this is a way of saying thank you for all the help that your bridal party has provided and therefore should represent your friendship rather than the actual wedding. And hopefully be of use to the bridesmaid.
All that glitters…
What girl can say no to jewellery , really is there any? I may be very presumptuous, but I think it’s safe to say we all love a bit of bling, sparkle, or even glitz. There are a fantastic variety of options in terms of styles, pieces and price ranges to suit all budgets.
“You can tell what a man thinks of you by the earrings he gives you”
-Holly Golightly, ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys'(1961)
And it goes double for friends, tread carefully.
This is a gift which can be suitable to all budgets and is a great way to combine too items on the budget: Bridesmaids gift + Bridesmaids jewellery = 2 birds 1 stone.
Whether you visit your local jewellery shop, high-street store or independent boutique, craft fair, flea market, or the call from Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue has you boarding a jet plane, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple and classic, something that matches in with your wedding colour scheme but also appropriate to each bridesmaid. We all have staple whether it be gold, silver, rose-gold, etc.
For a fantastic range of bridesmaids sets checkout Etsy.com
A necklace may not always be ideal for bridesmaids jewellery but still a fantastic bridesmaid gift. keep it personal to each bridesmaid but it is a great opportunity to incorporate the theme or an element of your wedding or even your friendship.
Keep it nice and simple and all about the love. You could remind them of your winter wonderland wedding or for that rainy July wedding, when even the weather couldn’t dull your sparkle.
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For the personal touch, try a three charm embellishment:
1.The bridesmaids birthstone
2. Her first initial
3. And a symbol that may remind you of her – an animal, a music note, a high heel, the options are endless
For the romantic beach wedding
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A personalised bracelet is also a lovely touch, both unique and personal to each bridesmaid.
You know your girls so choose something you think they will love.
Everything in Moderation – a little of everything is good for you…
For the bride wanting to go with the even more personal touch in a bridesmaid gift, a hamper is the perfect option, it can be as expensive or affordable, DIY or straight off the shelf as you want it to be. There are a million and one combinations you just need to work out the one to suit you best. The key to a great hamper is theme, it keeps the presentation in check as well as the quality of the personal touch. Here are a few suggestions to give you a place to start:
Wedding day emergency kit:
A compressive list as well as a sweet note to include in the kit.
The Pamper Kit:
How about a little hamper that includes the essential for the night before the wedding for the last single gal sleepover. The key players have to include:
-Nail polish, preferably to match with the bridesmaids dresses – maybe a dark colour for the toes and a lighter shade for the fingers. include a good base and top coat for the best finish on your nails.
-Face masks, pick up some individual ones in your local pharmacy – costing around 2-3euro. alternatively include hair masks – pick a selection and decide what you think would suit each bridesmaid.
– Eye masks, can be picked up in Penny’s for a low price – pop them in the fridge at the start of the pamper session to get the full benefits
-Mini manicure set can be cheaply picked up in Pennys, Dealz, or any euro saver shops. These should include a nail file, clippers, toe spacers, tweezers, all the essentials
– False eyelashes, Penny’s and TK Maxx are a great place to find low cost multi packs which you can break up and use one set for each individual hamper
-Lip balm – you can opt for the classic vasaline, or any one of the great scents they come in, check out Claires Accessories or Accessorize for multipacks of lip balms including Lip smackers for a great mix of smells and flavours, which will also add colour to your hamper.
– Pick up some cute and colourful headbands in Penny’s to keep hair in check for the facemask time.
-Last but not least what every party needs, a little sweetness, chocolate bars or sweets, keep it personal for a nice treat to finish the pampering.
Hamper, ‘The Bridesmaid Essential’s:
This gift is best served before the big day to ensure your bridesmaids are fully up to speed as to what is required of them. Include essential viewing ‘Bridesmaids’ dvd ( or alternatively ‘ Bachelorette’ featuring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson – for an equally hilarious modern wedding movie). Include a little token such as a nail polish, lip balm – a little token, a little tipple (brides choice) and a little sweet treat, the cookies pictured above are the perfect bridal treat, but feel free to include your own personal selection.
To carry the essentials…
Another dual purpose gift idea would be a clutch bag which could easily match with the wedding colour scheme so it is wearable for the day but also a nice piece to take away from the day and to make it extra special why not include a sentimental personal touch.
Check out the Etsy.com shop Angeew for beautifully customised clutch bag from her fantastic collection. You can can incorporate a photo from your engagement but for a personal touch include a picture of you with each individual bridesmaid, so they can each receive a unique gift especially for them.
This is a keepsake for life, and beautiful reminder of the big day as well as your friendship.
There are two things you can never have too many of good friends and good shoes…
For the really considerate bride the gift of flat shoes for your gals at the end of a long long night on the dance floor is probably the most thoughtful gift there is. There are so many options to choose from whether you go for the classic pump – be it from Pennys or French Sole, a comfy pair of Converse – available in a huge range of colours and prints or a classic pair of flip flops – this is an essential gift to keep your gals smiling.
It’s not the clothes that woman, its the woman that makes the clothes…
A Tshirt with a personal message is a fun and reusable bridesmaid gift – keep it simple and more inclined towards the friendship then the wedding for the utmost wearability. My personal favourite:
Oh look its wine O’clock…
A really really great way to say thanks – a bottle of wine but why not take it a step further and personalise it. Etsy.com have a great range of shops providing personalised labels (pictured) or alternatively you can DIY this option from your home computer with a little creativity and a little techie knowledge, print out your own labels and stick it to your bottle of choice, maybe throw in some personalised glasses to seal the deal.