It may be your big day, but it is also a big day for you and your closest girlfriends. Your wedding planning is taking up a lot of your time and you may not have extra time to shop for your bridesmaid gifts…here are a few fast and loose tips to help you go that extra mile. While picking out gifts have the question “Would I want to receive this?” in the back of your mind. Little unique trinkets are fun, but do you want it to spend the rest of its time in the back of a “junk drawer” collecting dust? We didn’t think so!
These women have loved you through moody phases, given you Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when that guy you went on a date with didn’t call you back, and have listened to you talk about how much you love your future spouse. Now is the time to show them just how much they mean to you in return. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to show someone you care either. Foregoing the standard jewelry set or monogramed robe opens up so many options to make your girls feel special.
If you have the time, and giving gifts is your love language, think about buying each bridesmaid a personalized gift. If you know them well enough it lends itself to weeding out gifts they wouldn’t necessarily enjoy. If your best friend from High School loves a certain high end fragrance she might enjoy a beautifully packaged bottle. If you have a friend who hosts monthly wine & cheese tastings she might enjoy being part of a wine of the month club. You don’t want to cause jealousy, so keeping each gift within the same price range will be a good rule of thumb.
Now your probably wondering…”When do I give these gifts?”
It’s your gift to give, but it is standard to give gifts during bridal luncheons or at the rehearsal dinner. Giving a nice toast to each bridesmaid gives it that extra special sentiment.
We all love those special wedding snapshots of the bride and groom misty eyed after opening a gift from the other. Sentiments are shared and tears are shed. As a bride or groom, picking out a special wedding day gift can be exhilarating and fun. A token of whats to come, these gifts are often given hours before the ceremony.
What are his hobbies? If he loves football think about buying him season tickets for his favorite team. If he is a music buff think concert tickets, or a framed record of his favorite band. You can’t go wrong with food, alcohol or cigars to calm his nerves on the big day. Sunglasses or swim trunks for a tropical honeymoon would be a playful touch.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make each other feel special. A nice handwritten card will be just as special as box seats and spa days. Enjoy your day and bask in the love you have for one another.