You probably couldn’t imagine having your wedding without the support and love of your best girlfriends. Your bridesmaids (and maid of honor) will play a huge role in your wedding and during your reception, so it’s only right that you spoil them a little. Here are a few wonderful gift ideas for your maid of honor and bridesmaids.
Popping the Question
One of the cutest new ways to ask your best friend to be the maid of honor is to “pop the question.” Present your best friend with a small gift or token of your love, get down on one knee, and ask her to be your maid of honor. It’s a cute way to ask, and you can bet that she’ll find it touching and hilarious. A small gift idea could include a piece of jewelry or a favorite picture of you and your maid of honor in a pretty frame.
Beach Bridesmaids Gift
Most brides give their bridesmaids little gifts as tokens of their appreciation. If you’re having a beach-themed wedding, there are a few great ideas you an use that will go along with your theme. Monogrammed beach totes, personalized flip flops, or bath sets with beach-style names are all great ideas for bridesmaids’ gifts.
Sentimental Bridesmaids Gifts
If you’re a sentimental bride, you may want to provide touching gifts that your bridesmaids will love. Find your favorite pictures of you and your friends, edit them so they’re black and white, and place them in silver frames. This makes a great gift, and can be part of a larger gift if you choose. Other sentimental bridesmaids gifts include charm bracelets with charms representing memories, poems and CDs with music that reminds you of a specific bridesmaid.
Other Fantastic Bridesmaid Gift Ideas
What woman doesn’t appreciate chocolate? Beautiful favor boxes full of candy or chocolate covered fruit is a wonderful bridesmaid gift, and the favor boxes can be filled to suit each bridesmaid’s taste. Compact mirrors are wonderful gifts, and there are a wide range of styles and colors available, making it easy to find something to suit every personality.
When choosing a bridesmaid gift, keep your budget in mind and take the time to choose something that your bridesmaids will truly love.
Happy Friday! This week went by fast and Inspired Bride would like to end the week by giving you ideas on what you can give to your bridesmaids to show them your appreciation.
After months of planning and seeing how hard your bridesmaids worked to turn your dream wedding into reality, now you’re faced with a new question in mind, what to give them to show how much you appreciate all their help. I looked for some ideas at american bridal wedding gifts, but I was lucky enough to be able to go back to The Philippines and Hong Kong a few months before our wedding and I used that time to look for ideas on what to get them and save at the same time. While looking for ideas, I kept a few things in mind; something that they can use at the wedding and even after the wedding. It’s important to me that it’s something they can use after since most of the gifts I’ve gotten as a bridesmaids are things I still use today. Wouldn’t it be nice that years after your wedding your bridesmaid can still use that gift and remember your special day?
Below are some great gift ideas:
Every girl needs a toiletry bag. This will come in handy for that night before the wedding at the hotel and for any of her trips after that.
For those mornings where a cup of coffee is the only thing that will wake her up without having to line up at Starbucks.
This tote and robe will make you want to go to the spa with your girls. This would be perfect to give to your bridesmaids as you enjoy a peaceful day at the spa before the wedding.
One of the most important roles of your bridesmaids is to make sure that you are looking perfect on your wedding day. There are so many things that can go wrong on your big day, so it’s best to be prepared for anything (I have the pack rat mentality). I was so thankful for the snacks and bottled water that my bridesmaids packed for me since our wedding day is so long and you never know when you get a chance to eat so it is very handy to have this with you. Then it was the dental floss that I would never leave home without, I always manage to get food stuck in my teeth! I think I also finished the breath mints that we had which means I did a lot of kissing that night! This emergency kit list I found on Swatchbook Weddings is a good starting point, but there are a few more items that I would include:
Comb – to make sure every strand is in place
Makeup – for touch ups
Blotting Paper – to reduce the shine
Earring Backs – just a few extras to make sure they stay on
Lip Balm – to make sure your lips are moist throughout the day
Dental Floss – to get the food stuck between your teeth
Nail File – to smooth out your nails
Tampons / Panty Liners – just in case
Lighter / Matches – a backup to light candles
Hand Sanitizer / Wipes – this is more convenient instead of going to the bathroom
Scissors – to cut that loose thread
White Chalk – a quick way to hide a stain on your wedding dress
Double-sided Tape – to hold up that dress
All these items should be able to fit in a purse that your bridesmaid can have with them all day.
Image from Swatchbook Weddings
I was watching Bridesmaids the other day and while the movie is a year old, it still doesn’t fail to make me laugh. It also made me thankful that the events leading up to my wedding day went by without any crazy incidents that happened in the movie. Looking back on my wedding day, I know it wouldn’t have been as fun and as stress free as it was if I didn’t have my 2 maids of honor and 4 bridesmaids by my side. I mean, my maid of honor even created a sign that said “no stress allowed in this environment” and actually posted it on the door for everyone to see before entering the house!
After your fiance proposed to you, now it’s your turn to propose (sort of) to your friends by asking them to be your bridesmaids. When I asked my friends to be a part of my wedding, I got so excited that I decided against doing anything crafty or sentimental. Instead I asked them face to face if they could be a part of our special day by being my bridesmaid. I wanted to see their reaction (and probably to make sure there was no hesitation on their part). But with brides coming up with creative ideas for everything, Inspired Bride would like to give you some ideas on how to “propose” to your friend. After all, being a bridesmaid is just the same as promising that they will be with you throughout the wedding preparations through thick and thin. The way my girls were at my wedding day.
Here are some ideas on how you can creatively ask your friend to be your bridesmaid.
How nice would it be to present them with hangers that have their names and say “I hope to hang your bridesmaid dress here while we’re getting ready. Will you be my bridesmaid?”
If you enjoy baking, you can invite your friends all at once and present them with a plated dessert with the words on the side.
I like wrapping presents so this looks like something I would have done. You can decide what goes inside the box with a note asking them. Who doesn’t like getting a nicely wrapped gift for no reason?
This is definitely a fun way of asking them. I mean, the movie 27 dresses is after all, about bridesmaids dresses, right?
If you love the camera, you can ask them with a big smile if they could be your bridesmaid.
If you want to go green this is definitely a way to go. Your bridesmaid can nurture the plant the same way you both nurtured your friendship.
Now that the venue is booked, you need to make sure you are dressed appropriately for the tropical climate. Attire that is made from lightweight material that allows the skin to breathe is ideal for everyone. For the women, chiffon is a popular choice because it flows beautifully in the summer breeze. For the men, a white or natural coloured suit made from cotton, linen or bamboo is trendy.
Images from Bella Beach Weddings
My wedding could not have come together so marvelously without the help of our bridal party. I am so thankful for all the pre-wedding details they helped us with, like putting together our invitations and making our centerpieces and especially for standing by our side on our big day. I remember trying to find the perfect gift to thank them for their love and support..something that was unique, useful and everyone would like…but I never ended up finding something with that description, until now. This glassware is the perfect gift! I really like that the cartoon is made to look like the person you are giving it to…so never again will anyone mistaken your drink for theirs. Cheers!
Images from Fizzy Artist
This week we’ve talked about the guys, but for today’s post-Hump Day post, let’s indulge ourselves and admire some pretty for the ladies. And by pretty, I’m basically understating it.
Mignonne Handmade has an amazing collection of incredibly romantic, super feminine accessories that are perfect not only for the bride, but also for bridesmaids! I love the idea of the ombre feather hair piece in the hair of an uber chic bridesmaid. If you’re the bride and looking for soft way to add color to your ensemble but don’t want to do the typical colored shoe, what about jazzing up your bridal pumps with their adorable blush pink ruffled shoe clips? The shop is an absolute must-visit if you’re looking for lovely pieces with a trendy, contemporary look but also have a sweet charm about them.
Images from Mignonne Handmade.
Today I have the pleasure of sharing an oh-so-charming accessory line I recently stumbled upon, MOJO SPA Style. While the line can be great for a bride looking for a bit of color to pair with her white or ivory, I think they’re perfect for jazzing up your bridesmaids with something quirky and fashionable. The ruffled chiffon flower bags? Adore them for gift totes for your ladies to use the day of to tote around all their stuff. The bib necklace? A fabulous way to dress up a simpler dress. The flower hair pieces? Wonderful for any dress, and great for a bridesmaid who wants a little extra oomph in her hairstyle. Drooling like I am? Check out their shop here.
Images from MOJO SPA Style.
Behind the scenes, I’m preparing to share with you a shoot I had the pleasure of working on with Paper Antler, Shauna Younge Dessert Tables, and Design8Days, but in the meantime I’d like to turn you onto a certain clutch from Ila Handbags, a brand Flutter Boutique introduced me to and was featured in our shoot. Perfectly pleated and often accented with a brooch, the Frenchie is easily one of my favorite bridal bags I’ve found to date. I love the long envelope format as a rule, but the ruffled design is the icing on the cake. With a number of stunning color choices, they’re definitely a piece to consider for any bride or bridesmaid.
Images from Ila Handbags.
It’s definitely still wintertime up here in Minnesota (I can’t remember a time I’ve seen such a large amount of snow in one season!). While I was thinking of you cold weather brides in cardigans, I was also thinking a cover up shouldn’t prevent you from adorable accessories. Enter SeventySeventyOne, which has some adorable felt flower brooches that would be incredibly sweet on top of a button up, or even directly on top of a more casual dress. I’d love to see a bride coordinate these with their bridesmaids – what if the bride wore one in the bridesmaids’ dress color, and the girls wore one in white? The flowers are available in multiple color ways, and SeventySeventyOne also offers them in other accessory types, as well.
Images from SeventySeventyOne.