Selecting the Perfect Bridesmaids Gifts

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.

Practical gifts
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.

How to Select the Best Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are always an added treat for your guests, especially those who are traveling from out of town. While you don’t need to spend a fortune or go over the top, a small gift that comes from the heart is a great way to show appreciation to your guests.  

Consider edible treats.

Select a favor that represents the location of your wedding ceremony. If you are tying the knot at the beach, fill your gift bags with saltwater taffy.  If there is a popular specialty cocktail in the area, create a small kit with the essential ingredients for your guests to make one of their own.  Don’t forget to attach a small print out of the recipe. For guest who are staying at a hotel, snacks and added beverages are a bonus.

Represent your roots.

Fill a gift bag with favors that represent your history. If you and your finance grew up in the country and love southern cooking, include a small bag of biscuit mix, jam, or local honey. If you are urban dwellers, find a key chain or charm that represents your city. Perhaps gardening is your passion, put together a small kit filled with a painted flowerpot, seeds, and a small bag of soil.  Just be sure the contents in the bag signify you.

Keep the theme.

Consider giving a gift bag that is fitting of your wedding theme.  For a summer wedding, pack a gift bag filled with sunglasses, a beach towel, and sand toys. Winter wedding bags could include gloves, a hat, snowball kit, and so on. If you want to be more specific to your theme, add a small treat from your dessert table, or incorporate colorful goodies that match your ensemble.

While most wedding favors are left at hotels for out of town guests only, feel free to spread the love and leave your gift bags at a welcome table. Don’t forget to include personal note and let everyone know how excited you are to have them by your side to celebrate!