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Afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
This week on the blog, I thought I’d write about gifts for bridesmaids and bridesmaids in general. I’ve only got a few do’s and don’ts for you on gifts but hopefully these tips will help you out even if it’s just a little bit.
I always think bridesmaid gifts and groomsmen gifts are the hardest to search for, think about and buy. There’s so many online unique stores that you can get personalised gifts from but a lot of it is knowing your bridesmaids/groomsmen … what would they love to receive as a thank you from yourself? It’s just so hard … you don’t want to get them the usual gifts that most would get, you want to be different and make it much more special and meaningful.
Ok so here the list goes ….
Include a thank you card. It may sound silly but, it would be greatly appreciated especially with a personalised message inside. I’m sure your bridesmaids will love it.
Please don’t get them to pay for extra services, for example make-up artists and hairdressers and sometimes brides make them pay for their own shows or even the dress! It is simply a NO; do not do it. You asked them to be a bridesmaid and help celebrate your wedding day; its not fair to ask them to pay for extra things, at the end of the day they need to look nice for the photos and feel comfortable in themselves too. How would you like it if you were someone’s bridesmaid and you had to pay for your own shoes, make-up, hair to be done … It’s an expense bridesmaids shouldn’t have to pay.
Include yourself with the gift, who doesn’t like to buy themselves a gift? I know I like treating myself. Including yourself means buy matching robes for you and the girls for getting ready on your wedding day. It looks cute and great in photos if you’re all matching.
Do not wait till the last minute to order! Order pretty soon into arranging the wedding, made to order items take awhile to get finalised and despatched so make time for the gifts.
Make the gifts personal to each bridesmaid. You should know exactly what each bridesmaid would love because their your best friends. Don’t get them all the same gift, get them something that would mean something to each of them. Personal to them is always best, it shows you care about them and having them celebrate your wedding day.
Don’t include your wedding date on the gift … yes it’s your wedding day but the date don’t really have any use to the bridesmaid. They will always remember the day, they want a gift they can look at or wear and say this was my gift from so and so’s wedding for being a bridesmaid. Having the date will mean less to them.
Maybe consider the gift of time. Time is a precious thing and shouldn’t be wasted. The gift of time, a lovely spa day – for maybe yourself and either all of your bridesmaids or just you and whichever will enjoy it the most. Another option is a concert – music concert, a theatre production or whatever you and the girls are into.
The last one. Don’t make it your job to get the groomsmen’s gifts; that’s down to the groom! Only the groom knows his best mates and what they’d appreciate. Don’t give yourself to much work, this job is definitely for the groom to do.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this blog post, please leave a comment below. Has it helped you? Or was you a bridesmaid and received a gift you didn’t really like? Let me know below.
See you next time 🙂