Your bridesmaids? They've been with you through thick and thin. The dress fittings, the cake tastings, the 5 am meltdowns over color choices (it's okay, we've all been there)... there's a reason you call them your best friends. Which is why we're here to help you say "thank you" for everything in the best way possible. Think 5 awesome wedding day gift themes that are perfect for showing your gals some gratitude. Scroll below for every pretty pick..
Morning Of :: One of the worst things we see when we walk into the bridal suite the morning of a wedding is a messy and unorganized environment to get ready: dresses draped on every surface, makeup and curling irons on the settes, undergarments strewn about, and ten girls trying to get dressed at once. The best way to treat your ladies is to create a morning that is relaxed, pampering and spa-like. That's easy to do when you're getting pampered in our bridal suite; our suite is large enough for any bride tribe. Our space offers plenty of great lighting for hair and makeup, multiple stations, and multiple comfortable couches and chairs, and and tabletops for brunching and relaxing. Plan for a champagne brunch in your suite that morning along with snacks, pastries, coffee, fruit, water and snacks for the morning. Turn on a party playlist or your favorite chill music, whatever suites you best! You might not think of this as a "gift" now, but on the wedding day, trust us, your ladies will thank you.
Sentimental :: Your friends have stood by you through the good times and the bad, so asking them to be by your side at the altar is a sacred and emotional experience. Show how much you cherish them by giving them something heartfelt to last for years beyond the wedding day. We are currently loving the idea of bringing back the tried and true tradition of engraved handkerchiefs. They are lovely, lady-like and feminine. Our favorites are The Everyday Handkerchief, made locally in Boston with organic linen and hand-engraved with initials or a full monogram. Whatever sentimental something you decide on, your girls will cherish it forever!
Practical :: With that said, here comes the old bridesmaid's dress joke you want to avoid when gifting ("You can totally wear it again!" said no neon pink clad bridesmaid, ever). If you are more interested in practicality over sentiment, look for something they will want to use often, but would not necessarily treat themselves to. Silk robes are super popular right now and gorgeous! These can be worn while getting ready and certainly contribute to a spa-like feeling of luxury. If you want to go the the well loved route of giving jewelry, be sure you choose a versatile piece that can be worn at the wedding with any neckline and/or at the office later that week!
DIY :: By personal, we don't mean you need to monogram every gift you give. Simply take the time to write something personal to your wedding party members in a thank you note that accompanies the gift. It doesn't have to be a novel, a few short sentences about why you love them, or your favorite memory will go a long way. If you are not loving the idea of hand-writing several notes yourself, ask a calligrapher to hand-letter a note to each gal, which also makes a stunning and thoughtful keepsake.
Thoughtful :: Thoughtful gifting is all in the delivery. Deliver your gifts in thoughtful and unexpected ways. For one of our couples, we came into the bridal suite the night before and set up a gorgeous styled gift area for the girls to walk into the morning of. Each gift was wrapped in pretty paper and set on a vintage tray, with a calligraphed name tag for each girl. It was a fun and unexpected surprise early in the morning!
Don't forget the guys! :: Grooms gotta gift too! And practical gifts almost always win here. (Not many groomsmen will ever need a pocket watch, so nix it). We recommend first thinking about what these men are into. Ex. are they big sports fans, mountaineers, beer brewers, craft cocktail aficionados, etc? Once you have sense of their style, gift based on that. As my husband would say, that sounds easy enough!