Your bridesmaids are a crucial component in making your wedding day one of the most memorable days of your life. It is even likely that you have known your bridesmaids longer than your future spouse.
So, how do you show tremendous gratitude towards them for not only being a part of your big day but your life as well? While words of gratitude are always appreciated, a sentimental gift is also a wonderful gesture.
Read on to learn the top 5 tips for giving gifts to bridesmaids.
1. Hand-Select Each Gift
Sure, it’s okay to choose one ordinary gift to give your bridesmaids such as a box of chocolates or robes for bridesmaids. But, each of them should also receive a personal gift.
When choosing individual gifts for your bridesmaids, try to focus on their hobbies or areas of interest. For example, if you have a bridesmaid who loves hiking, you could give her a book about the best hikes around the world. Or, maybe she loves to travel. In that case, a custom passport case would make for a much-appreciated present.
2. Don’t Only Give Wedding Themed Gifts
Having shirts, sweatshirts or jewelry made for the big day can be lots of fun. But, there’s a good chance your bridesmaids are only going to wear them during the wedding festivities. Afterward, they’ll probably never wear them again.
Therefore, make sure that if you’re giving these gifts, you are also gifting them something they can use after the big day.
3. Give the Gifts at the Right Time
With all the hustle and bustle happening on the day of your wedding, you should still plan to make time to present your bridesmaids with their gifts before the ceremony.
Typically, an ideal time is in the morning of the wedding while everyone is getting ready. This is especially true if one of the gifts is something they can use while getting ready, i.e. a silk robe or a piece of jewelry.
4. Include a Handwritten Note
As we mentioned earlier, your words of appreciation often mean just as much, if not more, than the gifts themselves. Therefore, it’s essential to include a handwritten note with every gift you give. Even if you’re not the sentimental type, try to say a little more than “Thanks for being a part of my wedding! Love you!” If you’re stuck on ideas, write about why you appreciate your friendship with them and why you chose them to be a part of your big day.
5. Don’t Be Cheap
Like most people, you probably have a set wedding budget that you’d like to stick to as much as possible. Along the way, it is likely you are going to need to sacrifice some things for the sake of the budget, but, your bridesmaids’ gifts are definitely one area you don’t want to cut corners on.
Remember, while you’ve devoted a lot of time and energy to your wedding, so have your bridesmaids! And even though you don’t need to blow a ton of money on the gifts, make sure you choose those of high-quality.