It takes a lot of work to pull off a perfect wedding day for a bride. But even before the Big Day, bachelorette parties must be had, bridal showers need to be perfected, even "Stag N' Drags" (a.k.a. a good excuse to party with all your friends) take at least some effort to pull off.
Behind the scenes, bridesmaids are breaking a sweat, trying to make sure these events, including the Big Day, go off without a hitch. That's why it's so important to show your bridal party just how much their efforts mean to you! You chose these ladies to stand next to you on the most important day of your life — now it's your turn to appreciate them.
Here are a few creative ways to show love for your bridesmaids.
Create personalized “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” gift boxes
Chances are, if you're planning a traditional wedding with a bridal party, your friends have their work cut out for them. Your best friends will gladly take on the challenges that come with being selected as a bridesmaid, but you can make them feel more relaxed by giving them each a thoughtful gift package. One idea? Put together a lovely, pink-filled box with a mini bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial and a Pink Bellini petit Bijou candle, including your favorite mementos and inside jokes. For more inspiration on what to include, these adorable DIY “lunch boxes" from Something Turquoise are a great place to look.
Plan a day at the spa on you
What better way to unwind and de-stress in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of wedding season than at the spa. You're likely all planning to get manis and pedis for the special occasion, so why not take your ladies out for a spa day on you? The financial commitment that comes with being part of a bridal party can be overwhelming. Show your girls that their efforts aren't going unnoticed with a special spa retreat booked just for them. This isn't the same thing as your bachelorette party, so don't try to lump them into one shindig! Keep this about them — not you.
Purchase personalized kimonos for the morning of your wedding
Silk kimonos have been a very popular choice for bridesmaid gifts in recent history and with good reason. They're beautiful and thoughtful and can be worn by your friends long after you and your hubby have said your vows. Etsy shop Singing Slowly has a great selection of ready-made and customized robes/kimonos available for your perusal. These robes make hair styling and make-up application a breeze. Combine with a celebratory mimosa (or two) and you've got the makings of photographic gold.
Plan a day of one-on-one time for you and each of your bridesmaids
All great relationships, romantic or platonic, started somewhere. If you're choosing a friend to stand beside you on the biggest day of your life, chances are their friendship means a lot to you and the two of you have a history. Plan a day for you and each of your bridesmaids to reminisce and bask in the nostalgia of where it all began. If the two of you met at university, visit your old stomping grounds and head out for a day of shopping at all your favorite stores or an evening of dancing and drinks at the local watering holes. When you get married and start a life with someone, time for friends becomes scarce, so make these precious pre-wedding moments count.
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About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill Bentham is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.