Bridesmaids play a critical role at any wedding. Supporting the bride both practically and emotionally takes away some of her stress and helps to make the day run smoothly, so what is the best way to repay such kindness and support?
Fortunately, there is a wealth of choice when it comes to buying a gift for your bridesmaids. The gift may serve as a long-lasting reminder of the day itself – a beautiful piece of jewellery from an online store such as http://www.ebay.co.uk for example, or simply a pampering session at a favourite spa.
Historically, the number of bridesmaids chosen was closely associated with the family’s social standing, and a large entourage indicated a highly regarded family within society. These days it is simply the bride’s preference, and it is as common to choose seven bridesmaids as it is to choose two.
Part of the wedding plans
Gifts for the bridesmaids can easily be forgotten when writing the original wedding ‘to-do’ list, but it pays to start thinking about the perfect present early. Personalising the gift is a lovely idea and a Pandora bracelet fits the bill nicely. Designing each one individually makes it all the more special for the bridesmaid.
Brides Magazine has some wonderful ideas that not only acknowledge the bridesmaids’ role in your big day, but show your love and appreciation. Jewellery is an obvious favourite with many brides and offers the opportunity to either buy the same gift for all bridesmaids, or to match a contemporary or vintage style to each personality and preference.
Gifts are usually presented to the bridesmaids just before the wedding day. A lunch or coffee to discuss last-minute wedding details is the perfect opportunity, and it provides a welcome break for some peace and quiet during the wedding ‘madness.’ Others prefer to host a meal following the wedding rehearsal, toast their bridesmaids and present their gifts.
Perhaps your sister or best friend has been chosen as Chief Bridesmaid? This extra responsibility may be acknowledged with a special gift. Bridal website, Confetti Celebrations, offers some inspirational ideas including personalised photo frames and albums.
How much to spend
This largely depends on whether the bridesmaids have paid for travel arrangements, if the wedding is taking place abroad for example. If money is tight, a less expensive but thoughtful item should mean just as much as a lavish present that takes you over your budget.
A good way to decide whether an item would be suitable is to ask ‘Would I want to receive it myself?’ This way, you can avoid buying something that is going to live at the back of a drawer for the foreseeable future.
A huge range of styles from different eras is what makes jewellery such a popular choice. Lovers of vintage and modern designs are equally well catered for, and the beauty of choosing jewellery as a bridesmaid’s gift is that it can be truly personalised with engraving. A simple but beautiful ‘initial’ pendant or bracelet is also a great option.
It is not surprising that spa days and pampering treatments are well-received by bridesmaids. This type of gift offers the opportunity to enjoy the day as a group, relax a little, and enjoy some peace before the big day.
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