Bridesmaids have a long-standing tradition of helping the bride with her perfect wedding day. Originally dressed to match the bride in hopes of confusing evil spirits that may try to steal her, bridesmaids continue to wear matching bridesmaid dresses and bridesmaid gowns with less heroic intentions – that of color coordination and style. None-the-less, bridesmaids continue to play an integral role as friends, confidants, advisors, and cake tasters throughout the months leading up to the wedding day – and will assist the bride with every task up to the bouquet toss where the new Mr. and Mrs. bid farewell. Another part of this long-standing tradition is to show those lovely ladies how much you appreciate their love and support with a heartfelt bridesmaid gift.
Bridesmaids gifts (like groomsmen gifts) may be traditional or non-traditional, just as long as they’re thoughtful, appropriate, and memorable.
Make an impression with personalized bridesmaid gifts. You can monogram her name or initials on luxury stationery, a weekend tote, or a silk robe. For some inspiration, check out PrintGlobe. You can also give personalized bridesmaid gifts with your own ‘personal’ touch! Knit a blanket in the ladies' favorite colors, give bottles of wine you designed at a local winery, or put together a bridesmaid gift bag with soaps and lotions of their favorite scents.
Sophisticated bridesmaids gifts are always classic and sensible. Bridesmaid jewelry, such as a strand of pearls, is a keepsake that can be worn on the wedding day and thereafter. An engraved crystal or sterling silver picture frame with a wedding party photo makes an elegant reminder of that distinct day.
Impress your ladies with a creative bridesmaid gift chosen specifically for each individual bridesmaid. Tickets to a concert, a sporting event, or the ballet show special consideration for each girls interests; or appeal to someone’s love of nature and dedicate a tree or a star in her name.
A token of thanks is a wonderful tradition to show your appreciation, but it’s also nice to alleviate some of the typical bridesmaid’s expenses with a thoughtful bridesmaid gift. Many brides today are contributing to the cost of the bridesmaid dress and coordinating accessories (bridesmaid shoes and bridesmaid jewelry). In addition, some brides are paying for costs associated with wedding day hair or make-up sessions and long-distance travel, as a supplement to their bridesmaid gift. In fact, beautiful bridesmaid dresses can be found to meet anyone’s style and budget. Discount bridesmaid dresses are just as wonderful as the designer lines and choosing an affordable bridesmaid gown is a gift in itself.
Bridesmaid Gift Tips
● When budgeting for bridesmaids gifts, an appropriate price is $25 to $75 per bridesmaid (of course the style of the wedding may also influence your price per gift). A smaller gift is acceptable if you contribute towards the bridesmaids' dresses.
● It’s customary to present your maid of honor with an extra special wedding gift, as she helped you pull-off your perfect wedding day!
● Include an individual message with each bridesmaid gift expressing your heartfelt thanks. This may mean more to her than any gift you could ever give.
Extended Wedding Party Gifts
Junior bridesmaids (typically between the ages of 9 and 14) and flower girls (8 years old and younger) are thrilled to be a part of the wedding day, so anything they can show off on the ‘big day’, such as glittery hair clips to match their junior bridesmaid dress and flower girl dress, will be treasured. Traditional groomsman gifts, such as a set of sophisticated cuff links, are wonderful gifts for a male honor attendant and can be engraved or even custom designed at web sites such as cufflinksdepot.com.