If you are asking if you NEED to buy them gifts, the answer is no. But before you heave a sigh of relief, think about what those 3 or 4 or 5 friends are doing for you. They are buying a dress, shoes and maybe a headpiece of some sort. They are giving up a weekend for you. They are attending one or more showers on your behalf and are no doubt giving you a wedding gift besides. The gift you choose for bridesmaids is to be accompanied by a huge thank you for being a part of the most important event of your life.
What to give? Jewelry, accessories, personal items, monogrammed items or items in their personal favorite colors are good choices. These gifts are given either during a bridesmaid’s luncheon or given at the rehearsal dinner along with the groom’s gifts to his attendants.
More and more brides are electing to host a spa day for all of the attendants. A day of personal attention and luxury is sometimes marred by the conflict of schedules kept by very busy women but most agree it is worth the rearranging required to make it happen.
If you have attendants coming from out of town it would be a nice gift to contribute to the transportation if you are able and/or provide accommodations for her/their stay.
In addition, we are hearing of more and more brides sending thank you floral arrangements to the bridesmaid’s place of work once she has returned. We love getting flowers delivered at work, but this of course, depends on where she works and if such a delivery is appropriate. In that case, send the flowers or plant to her home with a special card attached.
For some wonderful ideas about what to give and when to give it, call us and talk with one of our experienced consultants.