Bridesmaid Gift Etiquette
Your girls are going to be there beside you throughout the entire wedding planning process. They’re going to be the ones with the bottles of wine at your house while you rant and rave about the horrors of wedding planning. They’re going to be the ones who are working tirelessly under your scrutiny to help create your perfect and flawless wedding favors, and you can bet they’re the girls who will be living it up with you on your bachelorette party while you celebrate your last few nights of being single. Overall, they’re going to be doing a lot for you, so giving them a small gift as a token of your appreciation is often customary.
When it comes to bridesmaid gifts, most brides really have no idea what to give, where to get them, and how much to spend. This confusion often leads to a whole lot more stressing than is entirely necessary. While it is important to get your bridesmaids a thoughtful gift, there’s no need to go over the top and extravagant – not only is it not necessary, but your bridesmaids will often just appreciate the fact you took the time to get them a gift!
When to Get Your Bridesmaid Gifts
A general rule of wedding planning is to never procrastinate. Things tend to pile up quickly even for couples who haven’t waited till the last second to do everything, so if you plan on putting off gift shopping, then you may want to reconsider it and save that last second gift shopping for Christmas and birthdays!
Now that you’ve been thoroughly lectured on procrastinating, a good idea is to get your gifts ordered or made a few months ahead of time. If you’re ordering them, or having the gifts specially made, then try to make sure that they are in around two months before the wedding. This ensures you can check the quality and return them if needed.
How Much To Spend
The biggest thing you need to consider when trying to figure out how much to spend is to analyze your budget first. If you’re skimping and scraping to save for your bouquet of flowers and your catering, then you don’t need to be spending anything more than $10 on your bridesmaid gifts. This means something small, or something tastefully homemade. Baking something or making sweets to put in a cute mug is a cost effective solution that will definitely show your girls you care.
If, on the other hand, you’ve got some extravagant event being planned and you’ve organized it so that your bridesmaids are buying $500+ dollar dresses as well as shoes and getting their hair done, then you need to definitely allot a decent amount of money per bridesmaid gift. Around $75-$150 for higher priced events is generally an acceptable amount.
When To Give Your Bridesmaids Their Gifts
Generally gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen are both given out at the rehearsal dinner, however this doesn’t necessarily have to be so. If you’re having only your bridesmaids out for your bachelorette party which is around a week or so before your wedding, then you can definitely choose this time to give it to them. Additionally, you can also wait till the night before the wedding to hand them out but typically you’d do this a few days before.
What To Give As Bridesmaid Gifts
Bridesmaid gifts never have to be a one gift for all option. You shouldn’t feel like you need to find a gift that works for everyone, because that’s not the point of bridesmaid gifts at all. These gifts are for your girls – people who should know you best and whom you should know best. You’ll know what works for them and sometimes it may be a gift for everyone that really works, but others you can get something individual for each girl.
Some options include accessories such as necklaces or bracelets that can be worn by all the bridesmaids on the day of the wedding. Other ideas include glassware or flasks, clutch purses, bath robes, lotion sets, and more.