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20 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas That Will Go Straight to Her Heart

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Your Big Day is approaching rapidly – and while you’ve already decided on the venue, picked your menu and set your eyes on that dreamy gown, your To-Do List is nowhere near done. From curating the perfect playlist to deciding on the centerpieces, the next few months are certainly looking packed. Next, we’re helping you tackle the challenge of shopping for bridesmaid gifts – and we’ve compiled a list of thoughtful & sweet little presents that will go straight to your besties’ hearts. 

Symbolic Jewelry

Shimmery, sparkly bling makes the best gift for your bridesmaids – and you simply can’t go wrong when sticking to these next gorgeous picks – from the gems of the sea to crystals and gold-dipped lace. 

Pink Pearl Earrings

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What works better with a plethora of pastel-hued dresses than a pair of classic pearl earrings? Dainty and discreet, Freshwater pearls make the best bridesmaid accessories – and the best part of it all is that they come in pastel overtones, from peach to pink. Gift your bridesmaids a pair of these 7mm Freshwater Pearl Studs, ideal for lacey, flowy gowns in soft and feminine shades. 

Tip: V-neck bridesmaid dresses call for dainty and discreet pendant necklaces, so opt for an elegant matching pearl set featuring a necklace and earrings – the ideal gift for your maid of honor. 

The Tie The Knot Bracelet

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When in doubt, opt for the classics… with a twist! If you’re on the lookout for a gift that is symbolic, memorable and unique, stick with what works and offer your bestie an elegant Tie the Knot bracelet. 

Tip: Avoid the predictable and forgo the sturdy bangle-type bracelet in favor of something on-trend for 2020: a dainty chain tie the knot bracelet with a fixed bow pendant. 

The Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace

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When handmade and unique are on your list, this next creation ticks all the right boxes. Opt for a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece – one that merges romantic vibes with vintage appeal. This stunner is crafted from vintage lace, dipped in copper and bright 24K gold – a true piece of wearable art.

Tip: Romance-infused jewelry pieces make the best bridesmaid presents, as they are perfect for the love-centered occasion, symbolic and meaningful, with a touch of whimsical appeal. 

The Gold Initial Necklace

You can’t miss the mark when you’re merging bling with a personalized touch. A dainty necklace in shimmery gold makes an adorable gift for your friends – and it’s the type of jewelry piece they can wear on your Big Day, as well as every day post your memorable nuptials. Ideal for layering, this personalized day-to-night piece is a more modern alternative to the classic pearl jewelry and perfectly suitable for a casual-boho wedding theme. 

Tip: Wear the gold initial necklace layered with other dainty gold chains and pendants at different lengths for a chic and modern take on bridesmaid jewelry. 

The Handmade Raw Stone Earrings

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This Etsy bestseller is popular for a reason: crystals, geodes, and rocks in pretty pastel hues are more than just perfectly shimmery – the natural gemstones channel positive energy and bring the widest range of benefits to the wearer. Crafted from natural raw Druzy Quartz gemstones, these lavender and lilac-hued creations make the best accessory for bridesmaid dresses in purple tones.

Tip: For a truly memorable and perfectly curated gift, pair these quartz earrings with a handmade Will You Be My Bridesmaid card in matching pastel tones with gold accents. 

Practical Presents

Sentimental and romance-infused gifts might be lovely, but you’re on the market for items that your bridesmaids can use day after day. If functionality is what you’re after, these next picks make excellent alternatives that merge great design with practicality. 

The Blush Dip-Dyed Canvas Tote

If you’ve got functionality on your mind, then forgo the sweet and symbolic gifts in favor of an everyday tote. It doesn’t hurt that this adorable dip-dyed canvas bag comes in the prettiest shade of blush, aka the number one choice for bridesmaid dresses. 

Tip: Gift the gift of goodies and fill this canvas tote with anything and everything from their favorite make-up products to gourmet candy, mini travel beauty products, and pastel-colored nail polish. 

The Marina Monogrammed Coasters

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Whether you go all out and send a surprise gift box accompanied by the mandatory Will You Be My Bridesmaid card or you are hunting for something dainty and symbolic, there’s no chance of going wrong when choosing customized gifts. Personalized with her initials and crafted from mother-of-pearl and abalone shell within white marble, these coasters are on top of our list. 

Tip: If you’re looking for a more complex gift, offer her these coasters together with a bottle of her favorite drink.

The Personalized Square Acrylic Tray

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A joyful occasion like yours calls for pre-celebration festivities. And celebrating in style has never looked cuter than with this monogrammed acrylic tray in a geo marble print, perfect for you and your bestie’s favorite drinks. 

Tip: Accompany your gift with the ideal celebratory treat that will look perfect displayed in a bowl on your bridesmaid’s new tray: a flavorful delight from our section below!

The Corkcicle Rose Gold Water Bottle

When functionality trumps all, an innovative water bottle in a chic design is all you need to make your bridesmaid remember you – with every single zip. It doesn’t hurt that this sleek bottle comes in a perfectly appropriate color: metallic rose!

Tip: Make this glossy water bottle a part of a themed gift basket, curated by you. Possible themes: Fitness Fanatic or Wellness Diva.

The Personalized Ring Dish

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When your besties are fans of bling and you’re hunting for unique, personalized gifts, it doesn’t get better than this: a ring dish (or dainty necklace/bracelet, earring dish) with your friend’s name in lustrous gold. Handmade, unique and elegant, this sweet gift ticks all the boxes: it’s personalized, thoughtful and functional to boot. 

Tip: Take the extra step and add a pair of pearl or crystal geode earrings to go with your gift. 

Flavors & Fragrances

When you’re forgoing the bling and ditching the functionality, it’s settled: fragrances and flavors are your go-to! From gummies to perfume and from bath bombs to calming salts, these next gifts are all about indulging the senses. 

The Bridesmaid BOXFox Pack

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When one sense won’t cut it, aim higher with the Bridesmaid BOXFox pack, designed to cater to all her needs: from helping her achieve brighter skin to satisfying her sweet tooth. The gift pack includes Sugarfina’s Sparkling Rose Bears, a Pearl Face Mask, a Bridesmaid Minimergency Kit, and a handwritten card – the ideal combo for a pampering session before the big festivities. 

Tip: When delicacies and flavors are your goals, another great bridesmaid idea is opting for a candy or chocolate subscription – the kind of gift that keeps on giving. 

The Rose Sea Soak Bath Salts

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A spa session before the Big Day starts with the Rose Sea Soak Bath Salts – a calming, relaxing salt that’s designed to take away all the stress. Revitalizing and luxurious, the soak is made with six salt varieties and infused with scents of rose and ylang.

Tip: Take her favorite scents into account when shopping for products designed to give her an unforgettable spa-like experience. 

The Will You Be My Bridesmaid Candy Bento Box

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There’s no sweeter way to pop the question than with the popular Will You Be My Bridesmaid gift set by Sugarfina. Gourmet candy features pink diamonds, champagne bears and champagne bubbles, perfect for the approaching festive occasion.

Tip: When picking out the perfect sweet gift, go for a celebratory theme and warm shades – think festive flavors, diamonds, roses and pops of red. 

The Mixed Bath Bombs Gift Set

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It’s not called ‘the gift of relaxation’ for no reason. This Amazon bestseller comes with six different all-natural bath bombs, each designed for a different purpose. From Relaxing Detox to Bedtime ritual, she’s all set to feel and look her best for your Big Day.

Tip: Bridesmaid’s duties can make your friend a tad overwhelmed and stressed, so gifts that are designed to bring on the relaxation and calmness are always welcomed. 

The Good Intentions Sampler Kit

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For a perfume fanatic, this sampler set feels like Christmas Day. The Pinrose Good Intentions Sampler Kit comes with eight bestselling fragrances, including flirty floral fragrances, nectarine blends, fruity delight, coconut blends, and romantic peonies mixes. Delight all her senses and make picking out her next favorite fragrance a breeze!

Tip: Committing to one single perfume she might or might not enjoy can be a hit or miss, so sample packs like Pinrose’s make excellent choices, especially when you’re purchasing the same present for all your bridesmaids. 

Pretty in Pink 

When you’re doing some last-minute shopping for your bridesmaids and your inspiration is lacking, stick to the safest choice: anything and everything pink. Pretty in pink products are everywhere – from scented candles to beauty and skincare items to décor and accessories – and due to their lovely hue, they are instantly festive, feminine and suitable for the big occasion. 

The Pink Roses Macaron Candle Trio

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An aromatherapy session starts with the right kind of candle – or, alternatively, with chic in a pink essential oil diffuser, as we’ll see below. These beauties from Volupsa are definitely a treat. Including rose petal ice-cream fragrances, the trio comes in geometric 3D cube patterns in gorgeous pink hues, from lilac pink to blush rose.

Tip: Stick with the sweet theme and pair this little gift pack with a pack of real macaroons or gourmet cookies in pink for a memorable present that will go straight to her heart. 

The Serene House Ranger Essential Oil Diffuser

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Convert her home into a fancy spa in just one go with one single product. Serene vibes in a second with this pastel pink essential oil diffuser, designed to fulfill a double purpose: chic decor and a relaxing aromatherapy session from the comfort of her own home. 

Tip: Get her started on the right foot on her aromatherapy adventure and add to this gift a selection of natural essential oils, including the popular lavender, rose, citrine, and eucalyptus.

The Diamante Heart Hair Slides

When you’re shopping for your besties and sticking to a limited budget, opt for something pink, sparkly and love-infused. Our pick: these lovely heart-shaped hairpins, perfectly suitable for a bridesmaid dress in matching tones. 

Tip: Hair clips make excellent alternatives when other types of jewelry are over your budget. Simply opt for high-quality pieces, items she can wear both at and after the wedding and put extra thought into the packaging and card. 

The Slip Silk Pillowcase

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Why settle for cotton when you can have silk – on the go. Treat your besties with this ultra-luxurious slip silk pillowcase in the prettiest shade of pink, beautifully packaged in a matching box. Plus, the slip promises to protect the hair as well as the skin, making sure they retain moisture throughout the night.

Tip: The slip silk pillowcase makes a luxe gift for an avid traveling enthusiast or a career-focused gal that’s always on the go. 

The Rose Quartz Heart Facial Gua Sha

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When beauty items that are uber-trendy come in the prettiest designs, on top of being delightfully pink, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. This rose quartz heart facial gua sha is everything you want in a skincare product – effective against fine lines and wrinkles and the perfect remedy for loss of firmness and elasticity. Plus, it’s the kind of beauty product you’ll want to leave out instead of pushing it at the back of the closet.

Tip: Quartz and especially rose quartz have been trending for a few years now – and they show no signs of slowing down. Hop on the craze and treat your besties with the rock of the moment.  

And there you have it – our top 20 bridesmaid gift ideas that will go straight to her heart. From the bling and the jewels to her favorite scents and treats, you’ve got lots of options when it comes to showing your gratitude and appreciation. Have fun shopping and enjoy your Big Day! You can choose your bridesmaid dresses here.

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Gift Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

Bridal Bouquets

Do you feel like every responsibility has fallen onto your own shoulders as the wedding day approaches? On the one hand, you have an opportunity to arrange a wedding from your dreams, all according to your preferences and desires. 

On the other hand, every last detail counts – especially when it comes to a group of friends that have accepted a bridesmaid’s responsibility. Each of them deserves a token of gratitude, but your head is buzzing from all the wedding information that you need to keep on your mind twenty-four-seven before you dash for that altar. 

Have no fear! Here are some neat gift ideas for your bridesmaids that will get your imagination going!

Two-part pendant

Ultimately, whether it’s a gift for a bride or a bridesmaid, it is all about the celebration of friendship. The idea is about originality and meaning rather than cost. With that in mind, it might be prudent to kick off this list with a two-part pendant. Now, these may come with whole necklaces but it is the symbol that counts.

You’ve probably seen a lot of couples that gift each other heart halves that are designed to be conjoined into one, and while this is a ubiquitous type of two-part pendant, it is hardly the only one. You can have quite a good time just searching the internet in search of ingeniously designed two-part pendants that are appropriate for friendships.

For example, if a bride and her bridesmaid are best friends that perfectly complement each other, you can purchase (separate) yin and yang pendants, but don’t limit yourself to such symbols. Check out Pinterest and Etsy for an impressive range of BFF pendants!

Personalized bracelet

We’ll be covering jewelry because it is always a good idea. If chosen correctly, it is timeless and elegant. However, since little trinkets and accessories are such ubiquitous elements on an oversaturated market, you need something with that extra oomph to add uniqueness and value to the gift. This is where wonderfully personalized bracelets come into the picture.

It is a simple yet elegant styling choice that offers you more options to be playful than you’d initially imagine. There is a whole range of engravings to pick and choose from, and no, it’s not merely about names, statements, and letters. There are pictograms to add to the combo as well. For this reason, you can easily create a wholly unique, personalized gift that will forever be treasured.

A framed photo

Beautiful memories are food for the heart. Since you are celebrating love and, simultaneously, creating an exhilarating future-memory for you and your friends, a framed photo is the ultimate thematically appropriate gift.

You can turn to numerous websites that have streamlined this process. Delve into your galleries and choose photos that perfectly capture the best moment with each of the bridesmaids and email them to websites that will print and send the photos in the framing of your choosing.

Bridesmaid boxes

Various gifts for different bridesmaids can put you in a tough spot. Such gifts might single out only too much who you consider being a closer friend. This can lead to hurt feelings, but if you consider it’s the best solution to treat everyone equally, there’s an easy fix for that – bridesmaid boxes!

Such chic little bundles are thoughtfully crafted tokens of gratitude that come in many shapes and forms, depending on a retailer or a brand you choose. They can contain toiletries, durable edibles, trinkets and paraphernalia for the wedding, and they are typically assembled with economically sensible preconception: after all, the idea is to purchase such boxes en masse for a group of bridesmaids.

Emergency cosmetics set

You can tell your bridesmaids to breathe easy – each of them gets an extra stylish emergency cosmetic set that covers all the basics (some call them mini-mergency kits). It is not unheard of that bridesmaids shed tears of joy during their friend’s wedding, which renders such a gift perfectly appropriate.

Plus, you can custom-craft it by yourself, mix up a few basic cosmetic tools and necessities with a modest scent set that includes perfume, body milk, a shower gel, and a nicely wrapped soap.

Personalized initial ring

For the lovers of minimalism at its finest, discreet personalized initial rings are wonderful options. Each bridesmaid gets a ring with their initial letter twirling in gilded joy, which also serves as a top-notch demonstration of how you appreciate each bridesmaid individually.

Plus, this little piece of jewelry can be a wonderful addition to their everyday confection. Its utility goes way beyond the wedding itself, as well as friendship as such. In a way, it is a perfect gift.

You can even take this a step further and place the rings into customized ring boxes that have a friend’s initial pressed or printed on the top. This is a prudent option if you’re planning to purchase the same type of ring for all bridesmaids.

A jewelry box

Every girl needs at least one jewelry box in their vanity; two if need be, three, four or five just in case. If an idea of a timeless little treasure trove that holds your bridesmaids’ belongings has been rattling in your mind, you should know that this is a very safe, useful gift.

All that you have to worry about is the design. Purchasing a different jewelry box for every bridesmaid might be too hefty a task – you are, after all, too busy with all the wedding shenanigans – so you’ll have to go with the ‘designed for everyone’ approach. This is neat because this frame of mind will usually steer you towards more timeless designs, less idiosyncratic styles and flourishes.

Minimalist types, Bauhaus appeal, glass-made magic boxes – there’s an exciting world of opportunities out there, and you can find some truly tasteful and magical models.

A cashmere shawl

If we are talking about utility, cashmere shawl wraps with bows and a thank you notes on top is a wonderful choice if you want to bestow gifts that are useful way beyond the context of the wedding or your friendship with the bridesmaid.

It’s a sort of gift that pays off in the long run and, if you choose your colors right, leaves a mark. The bridesmaids won’t be able to stop wearing it; it can easily become one of their favorite everyday accessories. Plus, it can keep them warm during the wedding as well if the weather is somewhat fickle after the sun goes down.

Wedding umbrella

The bridesmaid gift such as the wedding umbrella can be just plain fun. It doesn’t even have to be a rainy day; you can go with those old-fashioned Victorian-style sunshades. Primarily, it is a stylistic choice more than a regular gift.

The idea is to choose a collection of umbrellas that mesh well when grouped. You can go as simple as a range of different basic colors or assemble prints that tell a story when grouped – though this latter suggestion works well in a photo session, it is not as satisfying otherwise.

It wouldn’t go amiss to give your bridesmaids something that can keep their painstakingly arranged hairstyles dry in the off chance the rain does fall.

A hair clasp

Once you’ve all settled on a particular color and style of bridesmaid dresses, consider a hair clasp that blends in seamlessly with their outfits. A tie bracelet is a cost-efficient option, but a clasp just looks classier, and it’s not that big of a financial stretch.

Just put yourself in their shoes – the day goes on, it involves a lot of physical activity. A perfectly-arranged haircut begins to wear off, strands of hair start to stick out. Most ladies will already bring along a hair tie or a clasp anyway, so why not simply purchase the ones that will come in handy and retain aesthetic consistency with the outfits?

Clutches all around

Now, you can beat the girls to it in every sense of that word, and place some essentials (hair clasp included) into appropriate vintage clutches. You can either go with disparate patterns, so every bridesmaid gets one of her own, or you can fall back on aesthetic consistency.

Either way, wonderful vintage clutches are fairly affordable these days, even the ones that appear to be on the more glamorous side. You can even hire a local craftsperson or designer to fashion custom-made models exclusively for the wedding. If you have such an option in your reach, it is a perfect combination of unique and financially feasible.

Yoga mat

Yoga has become one of the most prevalent activities that balms the mind and soul. The stigma that used to surround it has all but dissipated, so it’s pretty much a guarantee that neither one of your bridesmaids will find a yoga mat gift problematic. Still, ‘feel out’ your audience and check just in case beforehand. If everything’s a go, you can encourage your friends to get their Zen on with this thoughtful gift.

A travel set

Are you out of ideas? Do your future bridesmaids already own most of the things mentioned above to a certain extent? Practical gifts are your ultimate safety net – something that they will appreciate no matter what. A neatly packed collection of an eye mask, a cozy blanket, a pair of socks and a vanity case is not only an incredibly useful travel set, but it is also an encouragement for your friends to travel more often. It sends a positive message.

A set of classics

Ask yourself what is consistent with all of your bridesmaids? There must be a certain lining that connects you to all of them. For example, a natural bookworm will often forge friendships with people that boast similar sensibilities. This leaves you with a wonderful option for a gift that may not be for everyone, but which nevertheless holds great value and represents something meaningful to your group of friends. Consider a collection of classics.

Now, the options for such collections are astronomical, so you can consider two broad choices. First of all, you can purchase specifically designed collections of feminine classics that contain a Bronte, an Austen, a Montgomery and Alcott. On the other hand, if you and your bridesmaids already share a very specific love for certain books, you can do something even more exciting – create your custom-made collection of four to five novels that are meaningful to every bridesmaid involved!

Druzy necklace

Druzy necklaces have become a particularly popular gift for bridesmaids. This is probably due to their joyful, sparkly nature. The explosion of gleaming gemstones on a pendant sends a wonderful message about your perspective on life, friendship and the nature of everyone’s involvement – a festive opportunity full of positive energy and verve. Plus, it is so easy to fall in love with druzy necklaces and wear them all the time – another gift whose utility extends way beyond the wedding!

A personalized cute tote

One does not own enough tote bags, ever! These affordable bags are a peak of practicality due to their handiness in every occasion. They work as shopping spree bags, you can use them for trips and beach outings. They can even serve as gym-bags if need be. Appropriately, they also work as a gift for bridesmaids, especially if they are personalized like rings and bracelets.

However, since we are talking about a ‘broader canvass’ in the form of the material, you can let your imagination run wild here. Each bridesmaid gets a tote bag with their initials, but you can also ‘frame’ that initial with an interesting and unique visual flourish that, according to you, perfectly captures the personality of that particular bridesmaid. Imagine the choices!

Spa candle

Spa candles are usually already integral parts of other gifts – like cosmetic kits, sets and bridesmaid boxes. However, they are also singular items in such packages that can also easily serve as monumental personalized gifts.

Chances are you are already familiar with the tastes and preferences of your bridesmaids. In that case, you can choose a distinct scent for each of them, and even browse for spa candles with specific textures, accompanying fragrances, petals, fruit peels, and other aesthetic flourishes.  

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you consider choices carefully. The best kind of gift for bridesmaids is the one that shows that you care, and if you’ve put thought into specific choices, it will show! Whether each gift is personalized or not, the underlying message needs to be about friendship bonds and love that conquers all. Thankfully, you don’t have to look too far to find perfectly affordable gifts that show appreciation, adoration, and harmony. 

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Wedding Day: Perfect Gifts for the Bridesmaid Crew

Bridesmaid Crew

Your bridesmaids are the MVPs of your wedding day, the ones who keep you calm before your aisle debut, make sure your dress is perfectly positioned at the altar, and help you with bathroom trips during the reception. To ensure that they know exactly how much they’re appreciated, you’re going to want to pick out some sweet and thoughtful presents that they’ll cherish for a lifetime. The key is to pick items they’ll actually use and that will trigger memories from your wedding for years to come.


Matching Robes or Tees for Getting Ready —Nothing makes a cuter photo and one you’ll cherish for a lifetime, than you and your girls getting ready on the day of the wedding. Matching satin robes or custom-printed tees will make it extra-special. Tie it all together with a pair of monogrammed slippers for some extra coziness.
A Candle That Honors Your Friendship —Whether it’s a supremely sweet fragrant love candle or a road trip candle that reminds you of that crazy cross-country trip you took together in college, you can’t go wrong when with the gift of hand-poured aromas. Light the candle throughout all the wedding festivities, such as at the shower and bachelorette party, and then give it as a gift to keep the memory alive when it’s all over.
Personalized, Matching Makeup Bags —Since you usually give your bridesmaids their gifts on the night of the rehearsal dinner or morning of the wedding, it makes sense to make it something beauty-related. Grab some embroidered makeup bags and stuff them with a few special surprises for a smile-inducing gift.
A Bottle of Champagne —Obviously you’re going to want to pop a bottle (or four) as you’re getting your hair and makeup done on the big day, but why not use the bubbly as a gift so your girls can enjoy it the next time they’re celebrating something big? You might even consider finishing the bottles with custom labels for the occasion!
Matching Friendship Necklaces —Remember when you were in third grade and you and your best friend were bonded for life over your half-heart necklaces? This is that all over again but with all your besties, not just one. Get the simple, dainty necklaces with their initials for a personalized but matching option.
● Personalized Note Cards —Everybody wants the opportunity to send a sweet note on their own personal letterhead, and why not? Your bridal party will love opening up a set of custom note cards and envelopes designed in fonts and patterns to match their individual personalities.
● Monogrammed Flats for Post-Photo Dancing —Show what a cool and laid-back bride you are by giving all your girls some comfy, monogrammed ballet flats they can slip into after dinner. Because let’s face it, it’s way better than dancing barefoot (and risking your feet getting crushed) or losing your shoes in the process. You can also surprise them with some flip-flops to ease the pain of wearing heels all day.
● A Box of Custom Chocolates —They say chocolate says, “I love you,” and we think that goes for platonic love, too. There are so many creative chocolatiers out there who make one-of-a-kind candy creations that take gift-giving up a few notches. To get some ideas on chocolate artists who can make you a box like no other, look to Instagram.
● A Self-Care Kit for the Morning After —Acknowledge that being in someone’s wedding can be stressful, time-consuming, and costly. After a full weekend of wedding activities, encourage your girls to rest and recoup with a well-stocked self-care basket complete with bath bombs, aromatic oils to diffuse and face masks.

A Framed Photo of the Whole Crew —During the bridal shower, bachelorette party or dress shopping outing, make sure to have someone take your photo as a group so you can have it printed and framed as a special gift for the whole crew. You might even consider having it printed on wood, glass or fabric for a special twist.
A Book About Friendship —We don’t want to be too cheesy, but remember that this is the time in your life that you get to be super sentimental with your besties, so take advantage of it. A card and a book about friendship will really get the emotions flowing, no matter if it’s a book of poems or a literary masterpiece focused on friends.
A Passport Cover —If it’s a destination wedding or if the vast majority of your crew has traveled to be with you on your big day, it makes sense to make your bridesmaids’ gifts travel-inspired. Monogrammed passport covers or luggage tags are always popular among jet-setting crews.
A Pair of Personalized Sunglasses —Anything you can give your girls that also doubles as a fun photo prop is a win-win for wedding day fun. Give your girls some bold, personalized sunglasses, preferably in a rainbow of hues, and make sure the photographer snaps some pics of everyone sporting them together.
A Comfy, Monogrammed Blanket —Everyone appreciates the sentiment of a cozy, restful night in, which is why personalized blankets always make popular presents. This is an awesome option for fall and winter weddings, especially, but works year-round, too.

Pair it With a Handwritten Note
We know that your to-do list is longer than it has ever been, and spare time is in short supply, but make sure to write each and every one of your bridesmaids a handwritten note to accompany your gift.

It doesn’t have to be long, emotional or perfectly written, but it should come from the heart and let your best friends know how much you appreciate them. With this formula, you can be sure every member of Team Bride will be grinning from ear-to-ear right next to you on your special day.

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The most important Wedding registry Do’s and Don’ts

Your wedding is a milestone event. So, it is only natural that the guests who attend it will want to gift you something valuable and useful on this occasion. A wedding registry is a convenient deal for both the couple and their guests. When you set up a wedding registry, it is easy for your guests to find something that you will appreciate and use in the new chapter of your life. So, if you thought you do not need a wedding registry, you ought to rethink this decision.

Today we look at the do’s and don’ts when setting up a wedding registry as well as some important information you should know about it.

When should you start your wedding registry

While some of your guests will wait till the last minute to get you your gift, others will prefer to complete the task ahead of time. It is best to get your registry ready before you have any wedding-related celebration, like an engagement party. In any case, your registry should be ready seven to nine months before the wedding. Now, if you prefer to wait and do things at leisure, this Brides article suggests that your registry should still be ready in time for your bridal shower. This will ensure your guests have enough time to check it out and find a suitable gift.

Top places to register for wedding gifts

There are several places where you can register for wedding gifts. So, don’t be hasty or limit your choices without first exploring your options. Create a curated list of items that will help you as a couple, and find places where these are available. Once you know what you want, we suggest that you restrict your registry to a few online and in-store locations where the items are available. This slideshow on the Real Simple Website directs couples to the best retail places to register for wedding gifts. Many of the suggested retailers offer extra discounts, perks and free gifts for registering with them. So, add it to your watch list. 

Wedding registry Etiquette—Do’s and Don’ts couples should know

Do choose from low, medium and high-end stores

Many couples often wonder how many gifts they should register for their wedding. We think it is better to register for more gifts than just what you need. A good rule of thumb is to register for more gifts than you have guests. Your guests will then find it easy to locate an item you prefer. While providing a wide range of items, you should also pick items of varied pricing. Include low, medium and high-end stores to keep your list diverse. This will allow your guests to find a gift that fits their budget without much difficulty. Your guests will also appreciate the fact that you do not expect them to shell out a fortune to get you an expensive gift, if you only register with a high-end store.

Don’t forget to include high-ticket items as well

While it is sensible to add gifts of all price ranges into your list, this doesn’t mean you should exclude expensive gifts entirely. It is likely that there may be at least a few friends, family members or work associates who would prefer to gift you a generous gift. Give them the opportunity to find something that fits their idea by providing at least a few high-end items in your list. As long as your list also has moderately priced items, the rest of your guests can overlook these options and go with one that is within their budget.

Do keep the wedding registry information out of the invitation

It may seem easy to simply put your wedding registry information in the wedding invitation. However, we do not recommend this as it isn’t considered good wedding etiquette. Some experts suggest it is alright to add your wedding registry details to an invitation insert, but never directly on the invitation. Include the name under which the registry is listed, so it is easy for your guests to find the right one.The ideal place to provide your wedding registry details is on your wedding website. You can also share this information with your family and bridal party. They can then pass it on to anyone who asks for it. Although most guests won’t ask you for this detail directly, there is no harm in telling them if a guest chooses to ask you directly.

Don’t ask for money in your registry

Whether you already have all that you need in your home or would prefer cash over gifts, we do not recommending asking for cash in your registry. The traditional expectation from guests is to give a gift in kind, and this is what most prefer. However, if you think its better to receive money, consider registering with a financial registry. This greatly reduces the awkwardness of the situation. These non-traditional registries will allow you to pool your gift money together and buy something bigger. Honeyfund allows couples to register for honeymoon extras through guest gift giving. 

For more tips on asking for cash for your wedding gift, take a look at this article on Apartment Therapy. 

Do create a wedding registry ideas list

Your wedding registry needn’t just have items that are useful for you right now. So don’t limit your options. Think long-term and create a wedding registry ideas list first. Consider what you may need in the years to come. Remember to include special occasions, items you will need for entertaining or even for when your family grows. Set up your registry accordingly, so your guests can get you gifts that may be useful later, if not immediately.

Don’t forget to update your registry on a regular basis

Just so you don’t end up with duplicates of the same item, it is important to review your registry regularly. As you do, remove items that have already been bought and include new items if any. It is a good idea to set up your registry so that you receive updates when an item is purchased. With this option, you will know when to update your registry without personally checking it every time. As the wedding approaches you will have to review your registry more frequently, and keep updating it every time a gift is bought by your guests.

Do keep track of who sent which gift

It is common courtesy and essential wedding etiquette to send thank you notes for all the gifts you received. For this, you should maintain a list to record who sent you what, just as you receive each gift. Either create a list on your mobile device or computer for the purpose. Or write down the names and the name of the gift as and when you receive each of them. At your bridal shower, don’t forget to have one of your bridesmaids note down who got you what if you open the gifts at the venue.

Don’t delay writing your thank you notes

Since thank you notes are time-consuming, it is a good idea to start writing them before the wedding. Common courtesy is to send the thank you notes out soon after you return from your honeymoon. Start with your thank you notes just as your gifts begin arriving. By completing a certain number every week, it will be easier for you to finish them. You can then put them in envelopes and get them ready in time for the wedding. All you have to do afterwards is to post the notes once you are back from your honeymoon.

DO focus on gifts that are useful to you as a couple

The idea of a wedding gift is to give the couples something that will help them grow as a family. Guests also usually prefer to gift items that do not have an expiry date attached to it. So, it isn’t really appropriate to ask for gifts that suit just one of you. Instead focus on items that are useful for entertaining, for your new home or that contribute to a family experience like a trip. Don’t add personal items like shoes, shades, handbags or makeup to your registry.

Don’t hesitate to edit your registry if you have second-thoughts about certain items on it

One good way to avoid regret is to take some time when creating your wedding registry. You may feel that you have a complete registry. However, let it sit for a day or two and then get back to it. This will give you time to recollect if you have missed out anything. Sometimes, it may also be better to edit out certain items from the list, when you go over the list again.

Do take inventory of what you own before setting up your registry

It isn’t always easy to decide what should and what doesn’t have to go on a registry. After looking at what you need in your new life as a couple, also take inventory of the things you already own. As you go through it, you will most likely notice that some of the stuff you already use needs replacing. You may also be adjusting with what you have in certain cases. Use your wedding registry to upgrade these things to serve you better when you are a couple.

Do mix the types of gifts you have on your registry

Everyone has a certain idea of what is an ideal gift. Hence, your guests may prefer certain types of gifts to give you for your wedding. To satisfy this need, keep the items in your registry mixed and there will be a choice that suits everyone. From essentials for a home like towels and linens, add items for entertaining and partying as well as household tools, dishes and equipment that will be useful in your new life together. Heavy-duty kitchenware, basic set of china and good quality bed sheets are definitely useful for all newly weds. So, definitely add these to your list.

Don’t forget to read up on the store’s policies before registering there

If a store stocks most of the things you need, also find out about their shipping, exchange and return policy before registering there. Your guests will prefer to shop at a place where their gifts will be shipped directly to your address. Take a close look at the exchange policies. In case you end up with duplicates of a gift, the exchange or return policy is important to help you switch it out for something else. It will not be easy to exchange your gifts if they allow limited time for it. So, check this out as well. Some stores also offer incentives and discount programs that will give you better benefits when you register with them. Do your research and you can make the most of the available options.

We understand how busy and taxing it is to be a bride, and in most cases the registry isn’t always on the top of your priorities. However, it is folly to let this opportunity slide. Follow this rule list and you shouldn’t have any trouble with setting up and making the most of your wedding registry.

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