In a plan to pull off a perfect wedding, your bridesmaids have many responsibilities, including making sure you stay sane enough to actually enjoy your big day. How can you thank your girls for all of their hard work? It can be difficult to find one perfect gift to express your gratitude (especially on a budget) but here are some gift ideas:
• Forget about finding one perfect item. Instead, host a fun gathering for your girls such as a “dessert for dinner” party (think chocolate fountain, their favorite wines, and lots of baked goods) or a Mexican fiesta (fajita bar and margaritas maybe?).
Since bridesmaids have been busy throwing your shower and bachelorette party, it can be a thoughtful gesture to take time to celebrate them. And you can still send ‘maids home with a little something. For a dessert party, a recipe box or book with a family cookie recipe hand-written inside can be a sweet thank-you. Or at the end of your fun fiesta, give out key lime margarita mix packets that you can personalize with a thank-you message. Side note: These can be cute favors for outdoor or beach weddings as well!
• Since a budget savvy bride doesn't want her brides going broke either, choose a gift that will help cut costs for them. Whether it's a cute clutch or piece of jewelry, accessories for the wedding day can take some pressure off your ‘maids, but strive to give items that can be worn again.
Another practical gift can be personalized make-up cases or mini travel duffel bags. Take it a step further, though, and fill it up with wedding day essentials, such as mints, tissues, lip gloss, pocket mirror, and even a brief hand-written thank you note.
• Lastly, don't fall into the “I have to get the same gift for everyone” trap. Your bridesmaids have individual personalities and it's fine to reflect that in your gift choices. This might mean an engraved jewelry case for the accessory lover of the group or a monogrammed coffee mug and gourmet coffee beans for the java addict.
Marina Staiano is the site guide for wiseweddingstyles.com. She's put together a team of Internet , merchandising, and wedding experts to develop a smart shopping guide where brides can easily find top online stores, hand-selected products, and the best deals available.