Choosing a great bridesmaid gift is one of the most important things you can do to show your team that they mean the world to you! When cost isn’t an issue, it’s easy to throw caution to the wind and shower your gals with a bountiful bundle of goodies! More often though, budget is a big factor in the final decision, which requires weighing certain pros and cons, and selecting a fabulous gift that doesn’t drain your bank account but will really show your gals you’ve thought carefully of them!
Brides love giving pampering feminine items such as matching robes and “getting-ready” attire, spa wear and other personalized accessories! Generally, these gifts are met with Ooooos and Ahhhhs! After all, what gal doesn’t love silky satin and rhinestones or an embroidered shirt?
Beware! This isn’t always a safe assumption! Continue reading to find out why…
It’s All About Them! Yes, it is “your wedding” but in this case, take your own desires out of the picture! What you might want to buy for yourself is not necessarily what each of your gals would want to have. Hopefully, you know them well enough to make this determination.
Sometimes, however, you will have a bridesmaid added to your entourage by way of a future in-law or well-meaning relative. Get to know this bridesmaid or do a little homework by asking their relatives or friends to tell you a bit more about her. Added bonus…Do a little of both and you might have found a great new friend!
Consider the Individual! However popular, there is no rule that says you have to purchase the same item for everyone! While this is a sure way to avoid gift envy and if clothing, is great for group photo ops and outings, there is something else to consider. If Sally is not fond of preppy looks then a classic, monogrammed oxford shirt will likely be worn once and end up forever tucked away in a drawer. Preppy Jane, of course, will get a lot of use from hers! Mixing it up can be just as fun!
Personalization! Adding custom wording to any garment or accessory is a fabulous finishing touch! But while sparkling rhinestones spelling out “Bridesmaid” or “Maid-of-Honor” are great for those big-day events, would it be better to have items personalized with a gal’s name? A fabulous tote might be a much-appreciated gift, but will she carry it to the office a year from now with the words “Jen’s Bridal Entourage” embroidered on the side?
On the other hand, if you know your gals are highly sentimental and they’ll be your besties forever, they might appreciate a wedding keepsake!
How Much to Spend? Yes, you do want to spend fairly equally for each gal, but even when buying the same or similar items, look for ways to show you thought of them. Personalize with color or style!
Be Realistic! Do look for ways to give gifts that will keep on giving! On the flip side, don’t drive yourself nuts because by now, the wedding planning process has likely taught you that there will be times when you can’t please everyone!
The Best Choice! Weigh the benefits of giving everyone some version of the same thing against recognizing the unique tastes and personal style that each of your gals is likely to have and you’ll be sure to strike a wise balance between the two!
Here are just a few of some of our most popular bridesmaid gift items! There are, quite literally, so many color and style options for endless one-of-a-kind looks! Shop our entire bridesmaid gift collection here at Advantage Bridal.
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