It's lovely receiving gifts, but it's even better giving them, right?!
Our bridal party has been AMAZING. I can't believe the amount of stuff they've done for Adam and I. Jason, our groomsman, has had a man-date with Adam to organise his suit alterations, and is also baking the cake.
And I can't believe that my bridesmaids have made their dresses, organised my hens day, made invitations AND will probably assist with taking me to the toilet on the day (I can't lift all that tulle myself!). They've worked very hard.
We are very grateful.
So with less than five weeks to the wedding, I thought it was time we showered them with gifts.
Here are some suggestions for what to buy members of your bridal party - and anyone else who has been generous with their time and expertise to help with your wedding.
If you've chosen them to be in your bridal party, chances are you'd know them pretty well.
We scoured the Internet, stores and markets, finding personalised gifts for our bridal party.
Adam and I found Jason a rolling pin embossed with chickens. He loves baking and keeps chickens. His face lit up when we gave it to him!
The rolling pin is from Happy Rolling Pin on Etsy.
We also gave him a baking journal which we bought from Amazon. It's a scrap book for bakers - he can write recipes and stick in photos of his creations.
I chose a vintage pattern book for Camille (bridesmaid), plus some cute earrings. The book is Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book - by sewing blogger Gertie Hirsch. Cam said her Saturday nights are sorted now - sewing dresses!
Buy your bridesmaids (or groomsmen) their jewellery for the wedding day. I think that, while you have a style for your wedding day, it's nice to consult with your bridal party about what they like, and what they will wear after the day. Camille had earrings already, but I bought Cassie (Adam's sister and bridesmaid) her earrings which she'll wear on the day. I got her Lush Drops from Each to Own on Etsy.
Their favourite album on vinyl. Maybe it's autographed or a limited release. Maybe it's a Darren Hayes limited edition super album with pictures and CD and vinyl. Yes please!
A plant. Cassie doesn't know it yet, but I bought her a plant. I'm keeping it alive until I see her next.
A magazine subscription - each month or quarter they'll receive a magazine they love. Try Mag Nation for ideas. I love Lucky Peach, Oh Comely and The Collective.
A pampering voucher - for a day spa or their favourite makeup store.
A voucher to a fancy restaurant.
Gifts for your partner
I think it's lovely to buy your partner a wedding present. I've bought something for Adam to remember me by - he can open it on the wedding day. I can't tell you (or him) what it is yet, but it's very romantic.
I bought him a couple of things already - some cufflinks, plus Star Wars themed socks and a lapel pin from Disneyland - he will wear all those on the day.
Other things I think you could buy include:
Cologne or perfume - this can be used (and repurchased) long after the wedding day. The scent will remind you of the wonderful time you had.
A voucher for an experience (a balloon trip, a musical or a meal) - perhaps use it on your six month wedding anniversary or honeymoon.
Jewellery for them to wear on the day. If you're traditional, this could be the "something old" (antique jewellery), "something borrowed" or "something blue".
Write a poem or a love letter - this doesn't cost anything and is so romantic.
Don't forget to budget gifts into your savings. We've been good with setting aside money each pay for wedding expenses - we budgeted (but didn't scrimp) for gifts for those involved in our wedding.
Have you got any ideas for gifts for a bridal party?
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