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Your bridesmaids have played a pivotal part in your wedding so it’s only right that you give them a gift as a token of your appreciation. Below are my favourite five gift ideas to give your treasured ladies.
There are so many different gifts you can choose for bridesmaids depending on if you want something extravagant or small, a bit of fun or a gift to be cherished forever.
Whatever you choose, be sure to give them their gift at just the right time and wrap it so they know just how special they are.
Weddings are romantic days filled with love and prettiness, so why not extend that to your bridesmaid's gifts by giving them a piece of jewellery? If you want to make it really special, choose something that matches their dresses on the day and give it to them in the morning while you’re all getting ready. This way they can wear it throughout the day and will always remember just how lovely your wedding was and how valued they felt by you. In need of wrapping inspiration? Buy small gift bags and some extra flowers that are similar to their bouquets and use the petals as tissue paper. Fill the bag with them and then place the jewellery box at the bottom.
If your bridesmaids are into beauty products they will love the gift of makeup, especially if they can wear it on the day. While most things on the day will be uniformed for your bridesmaids, makeup is different and it’s going to be important that you consider their hair and skin tones before you buy anything. It’s unlikely that the same colour will suit all of them. If you are choosing a lipstick, opt for dusky pink shades for bridesmaids with fair skin. Those with a darker complexion will be able to carry off a bolder colour, so choose something like deep orange or red.
Weddings can be stressful for everyone involved and it’s likely that your bridesmaids will be tired after spending the day looking after you and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Why not give them a scented candle that they can use to unwind? Add in some bubble bath and maybe some chocolates with a note telling them how much you appreciate all of their help and assistance and now you want them to relax and take care of themselves. They’ll be so grateful for the thoughtful sentiment.
A framed photograph
For a more personal token of appreciation, find a picture of you and your friends and get it framed for them all. You could even pick a frame with two spaces and leave the second one blank. Put a message over it asking your friend to fill it with a photograph from the wedding. This way, they’ll be able to look at it and see just how much you’ve shared together over the years.
A wine set
Buy your bridesmaids a basket filled with their favourite types of wine. To add a more personal feel, stick notes on each of the bottles reminding them of a good time that you’ve shared together. Finally, include a gorgeous handwritten card explaining to them that nothing will change now that you are getting married, and that you hope to be present when those wine bottles are opened.
Until next time, have fun planning with the girls that will get you through!