Your bridesmaids play an important role in your wedding. They stand by your side at the altar, offer love and support, and even help with the planning. Giving them a gift prior to your ceremony is a great way to show your appreciation. If you are unsure of what to give your bridesmaids, here is some inspiration to get you on the right track.
Gifts from the heart
If you have shared a sentimental moment with your bridesmaids, offer a gift that reflects that memory. It is not necessary to give everyone the same gift. Personal selections for each girl symbolizing your personal journey will not go unnoticed. If your gifts widely vary in monetary value, it may be best to find a personal time to offer your gifts to each bridesmaid rather than a public display.
Jewelry to wear during the ceremony
Whether your girls wear matching dresses or ensembles that blend nicely, selecting a necklace, earrings, or other jewelry that compliments their attire is a thoughtful gift option. Jewelry can also be worn over time and used as a sentimental piece to remind your wedding party of your friendship.
Creative gift boxes
There are many companies available to personalize items for gift boxes that reflect your wedding and symbolize your gratitude. You can personalize jewelry, boxes, mugs or glasses, T-shirts, or any other items your bridesmaids would enjoy. Consider multiple pieces in a personalized box or bag to tie it all together.
Consider offering a gift that your bridesmaids will use daily. Robes, pajamas, work items, yoga mats, or anything you know they need but may not want to splurge on themselves. Offering a nice version of an item will show your gratitude as much as any personalized item.
Your wedding day will bring a mix of emotions. In one minute, you may feel excited and eager to walk down the aisle, and the next you could feel a surge of stress. This is natural considering the enormous amount of detail put into your event. Now that the planning is over, it is time for execution to begin. Understand that you should not be the person making sure everything goes as planned! Now is the time for your wedding coordinator to shine. If you have not hired a wedding coordinator, it is important that you recruit a day-of coordinator to pull all the pieces together through the ceremony and reception.
Once your coordinator is provided with a list of vendors and their tasks, they will assure everything is properly executed. From guaranteeing the flowers look fresh to ensuring the wedding cake is delivered on time and staged nicely, they are your eyes behind the scenes. They can filter questions from the vendors and act as their resource for set-up and break-down throughout the day. When vendors arrive, your day-of-coordinator is the person they will check-in with and receive instruction from. Anything that will keep your vision on track is what your day-of coordinator is there to produce.
This person will also play an important role with the wedding party and guests. They will make sure everyone arrives on time, looks pressed and ready to walk down the aisle, and understands where they need to be. They can run errands for the bride and groom and pass along important messages while hair and makeup, photos, and pre-wedding activities are taking place.
Who to Hire?
The price of a day-of coordinator can vary anywhere between $500 to $2500, depending on many factors. Many brides will hire or recruit a trusted friend or family member to step in who is not already included in the wedding party. This person has one of the most important roles to fill, so it is essential that they are available to be pulled in many directions. Most importantly, be grateful to the person you hire, it is not an easy role to take on!