Tis the season for a little (or a lot) of bling! Every holiday season, a few new engagement rings and a lot of wedding plans scroll past on my social media timelines. When I asked my 2 best girlfriends if they would be my bridesmaids, I accompanied the card with a mini bottle of champagne! Time to celebrate!
I’m a big fan of giving gifts and showing people how much they mean to me. Asking my best friends to be a part of our bridal party seemed like the perfect time to show them how special they were.
Your girls have been by your side through thick and thin. You want them to feel honored and appreciated as you ask them to stand up with you in one of the most important moments in you life: your wedding day. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, and like with most things in wedding planning, there’s something for everyone. Our ideas below are made to fit any budget, any time restrictions and any level of involvement you need them to be.
Give the gift that will probably mean the most and that won’t be as accessible once you’re a full time wifey: quality time with your girls. Invite them out to lunch and pick up the bill. Tell them the reasons you admire them and are so thankful for their friendships. Then give them a small token like flowers or a card. It’s simple, but meaningful and gives you plenty of time to dream and gush about wedding plans!
I love anything personalized and I think your friends will be too! It means you went the extra mile in thinking about them and today you can have just about anything personalized for your bridesmaids. Opt for a handmade card with their names inside and a note listing all the reasons you know they’ll be the best bridesmaid.
Think about useful and personal gifts as well. A hanger with my name on it–perfect for hanging my bridesmaid dress up on the wedding day. Sites like Etsy are full of personalized coffee cups, drink tumblers with witty sayings and pretty hand lettering.
Gift Boxes/Wedding Day Survival Kits
You don’t have to limit it to just one gift! Gift boxes or wedding day survival kits can be filled with lots of fun wedding themed goodies. My cousin, who’s wedding was a blue and white striped soiree, gifted her Matron of Honor with navy and white treats in an adorable box. You can include nail polish, your favorite wedding movie like Bride Wars or The Wedding Planner, a photo of you and your bestie, a photo of the dress (if you’ve already chosen one for your ‘maids) mini bottles of champagne and Ring Pops in your bridesmaid gift box. Check out Pinterest for a ton of DIY gift box ideas!
While jewelry is usually a safe bet for your day-of bridesmaid gift, why not give it a little early so your girls can enjoy wearing it before the wedding? Ask your friends to help you “tie the knot” with knot stud earrings or a knot bracelet like these.
Bring the personalization in again by gifting your girls with a monogram or initial necklace. Keep it simple and small and they’ll be able to wear it with their dresses on the wedding day.
Think outside the box and give a cute watch when you tell them “It’s TIME for me to walk down the aisle.”
Not everyone will be sweating for the wedding at the same rate you, the Bride will be, so indulge your bridesmaids! Give the gift of cookies or cupcakes!
The day I chose my wedding dress was the day I popped the question to my bridesmaids! So, it was the perfect time to pop the booze, too! These labels are super sweet and will look beautiful with rose or any champagne! (Don’t forget to attach a straw for an instant party!)
It may be your big day, but your girls will be the ones wearing the dress you choose, helping you bustle your dress and leading the party on the dance floor at your reception. They will be a big part of helping your wedding vision happen so take some time before the wedding to let them know how much they mean to you.
Resources for Your Bridesmaids
And once you’ve set up your wedding gift registries, be sure to refer your guests to RegistryFinder.com where they can find all of those registries in one place!
-Written by Sami Moss in 2017, but updated by Kat Scharmann in 2019 with some new ideas for your sweet besties that have been gifted to me and given by me!