When it came to selecting presents for my bridesmaids, I jumped in with excitement. I knew right away that I was going to pay for their hair on the day of the wedding. That was never a question for me—I wanted them to look and feel lovely on our wedding day and I wanted to pamper them.
I didn’t really consider that a gift, though, as I’d always heard that if you want your bridesmaids to have an updo you, as the bride, should pay for it. (This is, of course, dependent on budget, but I included it in ours.)
From here I may have gone a little overboard, but given the chance to do it over I don’t think I’d do it differently.
The first thing I picked up for the ladies were robes to wear while we were getting ready. I love the photos where everyone is in matching robes and I wanted to recreate that for us.
Image via Wedding Prep Gals
After doing a bit of research, I settled on robes from Wedding Prep Gals. I liked that they were made by a small business and they were very elegant. I discovered them on Etsy, but I recommend ordering from their website because their ordering form is a lot more streamlined.
The next gift that I had been stalking online for a while were the personalized name hangers. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make them myself or bite the bullet and buy them, but the day after Thanksgiving last year there was a Black Friday sale from an Etsy seller and I picked up a hanger for myself and one each for the ladies for $6 each. Score!
I also wanted to get the ladies something they could use. After some thought and some browsing, I decided to get each bridesmaid a cosmetic case. Not just any cosmetic case, mind you, but a Kate Spade case that was fitting of their personalities. (BM Apple Pie introduced me to Kate Spade and I, in turn, introduced Tart. It’s a vicious, wonderful habit.) This idea came after I stumbled on a cosmetic case that said “Eat Cake for Breakfast.” It made me laugh and reminded me of BM Hot Buns. She would love if you ate cake for breakfast, especially if you purchased said cake from her! After several months of searching (Kate Spade, Kate Spade Outlets, and eBay), I settled on a specific design for each lady. I even picked one up for Cakewalk, who had been so helpful during the planning/crafting that went along with the wedding planning.
Dots for Cakewalk, Cake for Hot Buns, Lobsters for Apple Pie, Dive In for Fro-Yo, and Japanese pink for Tart
You may notice that those bags look like they are filled with something. They are, and bonus points to you for being so astute! Since I had the bags, I decided to turn them into bridesmaid survival kits.
Left: main contents. Right: Flavored lip balm from Ripe Shop hand-picked for each lady.
I included: tissues, stain remover, Tums, Advil, Band-Aids, Altoids, a nail file, a mini sewing kit, bobby pins, safety pins, and some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (plus the lip balm). Most of these goodies I scored from the Target dollar and travel sections.
The final gift for my bridesmaids was the customized camis I had made them to wear while getting ready (under the robes).
Bag, robe, hanger, and cami for BM Apple Pie
I put a lot of thought into the gifts and I’m confident that they went over well. I may have spent more than I initially intended to, but my ladies definitely deserved it!
What did you do for wedding-party gifts?
- Seattle, WA
- Researcher, Therapist
- Wedding Date:
- September 2013
- Sodo Park