How to Give Your Bridal Party an Honoring Toast

As you are getting ready for the big day, you have your maid of honor, bridesmaids, and parents to help you. They play an important role in your wedding. They’re there with you on your wedding day, too. They’re there to celebrate with you and support you as you say, “I do.” Think about a time during the rehearsal dinner or wedding when you can let them know how much they mean to you.  Maybe it’s easy to talk to them in front of a crowd, or maybe you’re not sure you can handle the idea. Planning ahead of time is really helpful. Here are some ideas on how to put together a toast that will make your bridesmaids feel honored.

A decent toast should last no more than about three to five minutes. First, introduce your bridesmaids to your guests and thank them for agreeing to be a part of the wedding party. Next, talk about why they are so special to you and why you appreciate having them in your life. Mention how long you have known them and then tell a personal story of your past together. Let them know you will be happy to look back at your wedding album and see photos of them standing by your side as you make one of the biggest commitments of your life.

When it is time to wrap up your toast, raise a glass and ask your guest to take a sip in honor of your girls!

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.

Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses – What you Should Know for Your Wedding Party

As if shopping for your own wedding gown isn’t exciting enough, you also get the joy of selecting the bridesmaid’s dresses. You may already have some ideas in mind, but here are a few things to contemplate that will also make them smile.

Cost

How much do you think your bridesmaids would be comfortable spending?  Make a selection that is considerate of their wallet and their closet. If they are purchasing a brand new dress, pick one that will also look good for a night out on the town. A dress well suited for other occasions may help your wedding party be more pleased with their investment.

Renting a dress is always an option.  This is a new trend, and a great alternative to forking over a lot of cash on a brand-new designer dress.  Rent the Runway has thousands of options, including accessories, that you can wear at a fraction of the cost.

Color

If you have already chosen your wedding colors, you will want to select bridesmaid’s dresses that compliment your theme as well as their skin tone.  While one color looks dazzling on one, it may not compliment another.  So, try to stick with a safe hues that will help your wedding party look their best.  Options to consider are: turquoise, deep red, hot pink, and emerald green.  But, let your girls be your guide.  If they seem obviously stressed about a particular hue, consider their feelings and steer in another direction when possible.

Style

Now is good time to remember that your bridesmaids don’t have to wear the exact same dress!  If you think that finding a color that suits each one of your bridesmaids is difficult… try finding a style that flatters every figure.  Perhaps, if you are lucky, you have a line-up of women with the same body type. But, chances are, this is not the case. Your safest option is to select a dress you love, then explore other styles are in the same line and color.

If it is a must to have your girls in the same gown, consider an A-line.  This style shows off an hour glass curve with a smooth silhouette. A-lines are also amazing at hiding any curves that do not want to be exposed.

 

The more involved your wedding party is in selecting their dresses, the happier everyone will be.  They want to look their best too, and they know what colors and styles will flatter them best.  The most important thing they will wear by your side at the alter is a smile!