A bride-to-be’s fiance may come at the top of her list of favorite people, but her bridesmaids aren’t far behind. When a bride chooses her maids, she chooses them carefully for a reason. Bridesmaids are the supportive tribe, the shoulders to lean on, the girl gang of love and friendship. And because a bride’s right hand girls are all of those lovely things (and sometimes willing to wear questionable dresses and tame bridezillas), it’s only good practice to show them some love and appreciation.
If you’re a bride-to-be with a group of girls you couldn’t do this wedding thing without, here are a few ways you can let your bridesmaids know how grateful you are for their presence.
A bridesmaids’ brunch or luncheon is a great way to get the girls together and show them how much you care. At this point you might be thinking, another pre-wedding party? How will I afford this? But worry not. Brunches and luncheons don’t have to be formal, fancy, or expensive. Remember, you’re showing your appreciation, so it’s all about the heart and thought you put into this kind of get together.
You can host your brunch or luncheon just about anywhere, from a favorite restaurant to a beautiful backyard. A typical brunch menu can consist of waffles, pancakes, grits and gravy, bacon, sausage, biscuits, omelettes, fritters, parfaits and yogurt, cupcakes, cake, and mimosas. At a luncheon you might serve light fare like finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetable plates, and a few sweets. Or you might keep it casual with a taco buffet and a pitcher of margaritas.
Give a Gift
During the brunch/luncheon take a moment to thank your bridesmaids for being by your side. You might even want to give them each a small gift, like a piece of jewelry, handmade body scrub, or a tote bag filled with treasured tokens (personalized lip balm, notebooks, mini candles, hair ties, etc.).
Another way to say “thank you” is by taking each of your girls on a date. You can set it up as a group date or pencil in some special time for one-on-one dates. Group activities might include a day at the spa, a movie night at home (two favorite flicks and an assortment of snacks), outdoor activities (putt-putt, afternoon at the pool), or a wine tasting. If you want to take each bridesmaid on her own special date, you might consider something as simple as coffee at her favorite cafe or a picnic in the park. Whatever you choose to do, let your bridesmaids know that there’s no wedding talk allowed. These dates are just a time to catch up and enjoy each other’s company.
Write a Note
Lastly, a personal note written to each bridesmaid is a heartfelt way to express how much you appreciate her love and support. You can write your sentiments on special stationery found at the store or online, or craft your own, like this one by Amy Moss.
Your bridesmaids have, and will be with you through the thick and thin of wedding planning, and they’ll stand by your side on your wedding day. Don’t forget to show them a little love! They’ll appreciate it as much as you appreciate them.