“The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come so soon
Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me
I hope the sun will
Be shining down
Keep your fingers crossed
That I’ll fit in my gown…
But there’s just one more thing
That there needs to be…
And that’s to have you
Standing with me!
Will you be my bridesmaid?”
You’ve chosen them because they are special and they mean something to you. They will stand beside you on your special day, hopefully in beautiful dresses and not some gaudy pink taffeta ones, as you take your vows and become Mr. Right’s “Mrs. Right.”
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The tradition of giving your bridesmaids a gift that shows your appreciation for them is a lovely one, but I know, first hand, that giving a gift that will be used for the wedding isn’t that awesome. More than likely they will use it once and never touch it again. That’s why I’m all for giving unique gifts to [your] best girls. Gone are the days of giving them garters and costume jewelry that matches the dress. And, if you are thinking about giving the run-of-the-mill bridesmaid gift? Think again!
Here are some unique gift ideas to present to your BFFs (the ones that you put in a flattering dress that is perfect for every girl of every size in your wedding party) that will get you through your special day even if you are a total bridezilla (or not).
All Jewelery Isn’t Created Equal
Instead of getting each girl the same necklace from the kiosk at your local mall, how about looking on Etsy at some hand made jewelery that fits the individual style of your girls? Maybe one is in love with birds, and another absolutely hates them and questions their very existence and even has a blog dedicated to her hatred of birds? Maybe one girl is a fanatic about turquoise, while another one has a fetish for multi-strand beads? Whatever their style and taste, you are bound to find something there. I mean, really, there are 820,679 items in the jewelry category alone!
The internet is your oyster in the way of personalized gifts. There are flip flops, totes, stainless steel water bottles, make-up bags, customized pictures frames, and so much more. And, sure there are things like fake silver jewelery boxes that will tarnish 4.7 days after your wedding and el-cheapo flasks, but, really, do you want to go that route? Spend a couple extra dollars. Your friends are worth it!
Baskets a Plenty
Gift baskets aren’t just for your grandparents anymore. Not when you can customize them so perfectly to suit the personality of all your bridesmaids. Perhaps one girl is a chocoholic while another is crazy for coffee. You love them, you know them, so why don’t you take that into account and create a perfect, special basket of love!
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Some ideas from some of my girlfriends from Facebook and Twitter:
What gift did you give to your bridesmaids to show them how special they are?
What gift has a girlfriend given you, when you stood up in her wedding party, that stood out as your favorite?
Do you have any other ideas to be unique when it comes to bridesmaid gifts? Let’s dish!