Traditionally, bridesmaid gifts are presents to the attendants of the bride's side of the wedding party. They are tokens of appreciation, usually a sentimental present with a message of gratitude for being part of the biggest day of the bride's life. These gifts are usually small, but an important gesture of saying "thanks for always being there". Finding meaningful bridesmaid gifts, matron of honor gifts, and maid of honor gifts for your bridal party is an important part of the wedding planning process.
Your bridal party was chosen by you, because they are your closest friends or relatives - they are the most important people in your life. Chances are they have stood by you, and up for you, for years - and will be there for you through thick and thin, in good times or bad. Just like the vows you will take, your girls probably will never leave your side. Give them something special to commemorate this important milestone in your friendship with them.
The most popular bridesmaids gifts given are usually personalized or engraved mementos such as jewelry, bags, monogrammed items, cozy presents, tech gear, or sentimental items. Some ideas are:
While there is no hard rule or specific etiquette guidelines as to a set dollar amount to spend on each bridesmaid, you should spend what your budget calls for or are comfortable paying and can afford. Your gifts do not necessarily have to be expensive, but be sure to purchase something for your attendants that is meaningful. For more recommendations see our article: How Much Should Bridesmaid Gifts Cost?
Typically, the bride will pay for the bridesmaid gifts for her portion of the wedding party. However, if the couple is footing the bill for the wedding, the couple may decide on a budget for both sides of the wedding party and may jointly contribute to the gifts for the bridal party, including the bridesmaids.
If the bride requires her bridesmaids to wear matching jewelry or shoes, or requires the bridal party to have their hair and/or makeup done, she traditionally covers the costs of these expenses - and they are not considered part of the bridesmaid gift.
Like all of your other wedding planning, this should be done in advance - the earlier the better. You should purchase your bridesmaid gifts after all of your attendants have committed to participating in your wedding. As a general rule of thumb, you should start shopping for your bridesmaids gifts at least one to three months prior to the wedding.
Save ideas to your favorite social networks such as Pinterest, and shop when you find something that meets your budget. If you give yourself time to plan, you will find fabulous ideas for your girls. Try not to buy during the traditional wedding months (April-June) as gifts may go out of stock from shops during peak and busy wedding season. So purchase early and keep them stored for your big day. Be sure to check out and follow our Bridesmaid Gift Ideas board on Pinterest for all the latest ideas we share.
Online is probably the best way to shop for bridesmaid gifts - there are a plethora of stores, shops, and handmade vendors that will create a personalized gift just for you. Pinterest, Instagram, and social networks have plenty of ideas that could take you days to go through to find something perfect. In fact, you will probably get so many ideas, you will need to narrow it down! Of course, we sell hundreds of personalized gift ideas and bridesmaid gifts that you can buy online - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of your home even in your PJs!
Don't forget the local mom and pop shops in your area, facebook groups, and even department stores also carry a selection of gift items that may suit your fancy. And if all else fails, you can always DIY and craft something from your heart, but allow adequate time to create your gifts. But keep in mind it is quicker, less stressful (and often cheaper) to purchase online.
How to wrap your bridesmaid gift really depends on what you purchased. There are a variety of gift packaging ideas such as a personalized gift box, organza bags for jewelry and other small items, or even placing the gift inside another gift like a personalized tote bag or jewelry box. You don't have to be fancy or complicated wrapping your bridesmaids presents, the gift itself is what matters. Even finding some pretty wrapping paper can make a simple gift go from blah to wow!
Traditionally, bridesmaid gifts are presented at the rehearsal dinner, after the bride toasts the bridesmaids. Once you've toasted and expressed your thanks to your bridal party attendants, give each of them the gifts you've hand selected. However, if you want something more casual and laid back, you can present them during a bridesmaids' luncheon or tea. Host a small, intimate lunch party with just your girls and tell them how much they mean to you. This way you have less of an audience than the rehearsal dinner and you can tell them exactly how you feel - even share or reminisce about a funny story that you won't have to be embarrassed about talking about in front of your entire family.