Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids: Treat Your Tribe Like Queens

Patty McCrystal

May 22, 2017

Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids: Treat Your Tribe Like Queens

Photography courtesy Amy Bennett Photography

If you’re a soon-to-be bride planning your big day, you know how important your bridesmaids are. 

Your girls make sure everything runs smoothly behind-the-scenes, from helping pick your color scheme to making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time when the big day comes—not to mention acting as a therapist when you need them!

A thoughtful gesture to show your appreciation to your bridesmaid squad can go a long way.

Being creative when you ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding and giving them sweet gifts are just some of the tips that these expert wedding bloggers have for showing appreciation to your supporting team.

Be personal

There’s nothing we remember more than sweet and sincere words from those we love. Like the great Maya Angelou said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Writing a personal note or making a sincere gesture to ask your girls to be in your wedding creates stronger bonds of friendship.

Scribe your letter on beautiful notecards that they’ll be happy to keep as a reminder of their role on your special day, or ask your girls to be in your wedding in a way that shows how much you value their friendship.

Personalize your notes on these cute Rifle Paper Co. bridesmaid cards >

Wedding expert tip:

“Keep it intimate! Making grand gestures to thank your nearest and dearest is all very well, but here at Whisper and Blush, we prefer the private and relaxed approach.”

“Writing a card … is a great way to convey your heartfelt thanks without the moment getting the better of you!”

— Kate Clarke, Whisper and Blush

“[When] asking your girls to be bridesmaids, I’d recommend taking them all out. Go for a picnic or a nice meal, to the beach or a coffee shop or for a long walk.

During your time together ask them to be your bridesmaids. It gets everyone in a gorgeously elated and joyous mood—being together, discussing your wedding details, and getting excited for the upcoming day.”

— Alex Holyer, On Serpentine Shores

Show your appreciation with a thoughtful gift

Always remember how hard your bridesmaids work to keep you stress-free so you can enjoy your special day. Your team is putting their lives on hold to take care of you throughout the planning process and the main event, so a thoughtful gift can be a great way to show your appreciation.

Wedding expert tip:

“Being a bridesmaid is a big commitment and responsibility, so it’s super important to treat them well...The ladies you choose to be a part of your bridal party are likely your closest friends and dearest family, so make sure to show them how grateful you are. 

You don’t have to shower them with lavish gifts to let them know you care—you can give them little surprises throughout the planning process.”

— Jessica Bishop, The Budget Savvy Bride

“Pampering your bridesmaids is a must! I love the idea of creating diy gift boxes filled with a few pampering goodies so they can relax after helping you plan your wedding!"

— Gillian Ellis, A Coastal Bride

Need specific gift ideas for your bridesmaids that show just how much you appreciate them? Pop the question (and the bubbly) with this cute wine or Champagne tote from Mud Pie, or make a DIY proposal box.

 

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Bond with your bridesmaids

Part of the fun of being a bridesmaid is spending time getting pampered time with the bride-to-be and other bridesmaids.

On the morning of your wedding, gather your girls for pedicures, brunch, massages—and any other relaxing treats (don’t forget the mimosas!)

Give your bridesmaids a pair of cute flip flops to dance in at the reception, a bridesmaid tote to stay organized or matching umbrellas if it’s going to be particularly sunny or rainy on your big day.

Wedding expert tip:

“The coveted position of a bridesmaid is a gift, but also a job. Showing your appreciation for everything your bridesmaids will do for you can be done in many ways.

“For the wedding day, provide cute matching satin robes on the morning of. You can top off the morning pampering with wedding survival kits as their takeaways. Include hangover kits, a cute homemade item, beauty to-go products or whatever represents your wedding.”

— Tatiana Byron Marx, celebrity wedding planner and CEO of Wedding Salon 

“It's also important to not let your wedding planning take over all conversation with your bridesmaids. Remember, these people are your friends and they have things going on in their lives, too. Make sure to not make it all about you, all the time.”

— Jessica Bishop

Be flexible with bridesmaids dresses

Though you may have a vision in your mind of exactly what you want your bridesmaids to wear, it’s important to consider their comfort levels and styles.

Flexibility and consideration while picking out your bridesmaids dresses can ensure your girls are comfortable and confident throughout your ceremony and reception.

Wedding expert tip:

“It’s thoughtful to make sure that your bridesmaids are wearing dresses they love. I have photographed so many weddings where the bridesmaids are clearly very uncomfortable with how they look.

“Try to bring your bridesmaids into the dress decision-making early in the wedding planning. Give your bridesmaids color swatches or websites where you are looking at dresses. Find out if they are comfortable showing their arms or prefer certain parts of their body.

“I love the new trend of choosing coordinating bridesmaids attire instead of fully matching. If you do this, bridesmaids can honestly give their input as to what color they would like within the chosen color palette. Wouldn’t it be great if your bridesmaids wanted to wear the dress from your wedding at another event?”

— Amy Bennett, Amy Bennett Photography

Remember what’s really important

When the last grain of rice is thrown and the lights go out, the greatest gift idea for your bridesmaids is sincere respect and appreciation. Say thank you, give hugs, and don’t forget to have fun!

Wedding expert tip:

“If you want to go above and beyond, give them some sort of credit sprinkled in the wedding somehow. If you are personalizing your bar menu, maybe let them create their own ‘Bridesmaid’ custom drink.

Sure, the toasts during the wedding are generally for the bride and groom, but you can definitely dedicate a toast to your girls during your rehearsal dinner.” 

— Tatiana Byron Marx

“Your wedding party is there to have your back and be your VIPs throughout your wedding celebrations, but it doesn’t mean they’re responsible for all your dirty work. If you need someone to help assemble invitations, don’t assume your bridesmaids must help because of their title.

“Always, always be thankful when your tribe goes above and beyond to do something kind. The smallest recognition or hug will go a long way in making someone feel like you appreciate their love and support. 

“At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you’re asking your bridesmaids to be your bridesmaids because they’re some of your favorite people on this planet, aside from the person you’re marrying.

Treat them with respect, try to be clear (and realistic) with your expectations, and remember that it’s all about having a great time with the ones you love!”

— Danielle Pasternak, DPNAK Weddings

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