One of the first considerations, when you begin planning a wedding, is the bridesmaids.
Questions arising along the way, after the obvious “Who will they be?” are “What thank you gifts will I give,” and “What are we going to be doing as a group?”
Here are some bridesmaids ideas for the bride from start to finish.
Before delving into detailed gift ideas, think for a moment about what you’d like to do for the bridesmaids.
How elaborate you get will depend on your time, budget, and preferences. Here are a few ways you can show appreciation to the maids while also having fun, followed by gift ideas to make the experience more meaningful to you all.
Note: As with most links on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com, the links in this post go to this site’s shop section or directly to another website. My Online Wedding Help will receive a small commission from the merchant if you click and buy a product.
The Bridesmaid Proposal. Many brides are getting creative with asking BFFs and family members to be their bridesmaids. From a simple card to more elaborate approaches and gifts, several ideas are below.
Dress Shopping. A group trip to choose and try on bridesmaids dresses or wedding gowns can help you all get to know one another better and begin connecting as a group.
A Fun, Bonding Experience in the Outdoors. A day at the beach or pool, round of mini golf, camping trip, or boating adventure is another way to get to know one another while also communing with nature.
A Bridesmaids Brunch. If indoor activities are more to your taste, a bridesmaids brunch can provide the same socialization minus the pesky mosquitos, ticks, and chiggers.
The Bachelorette Party. As the bride, you won’t actually be planning this event, but you can certainly lob ideas to your maid of honor, including the personalized item ideas in the section below. Or, buy them for the group beforehand so they can use at the party.
Overnight Pedicure Party. You will all want pretty feet for the big day, so why not combine DIY pedicures with a stress-relieving pajama party one or two nights before the ceremony?
The Morning of Hair and Makeup. Group hair and makeup sessions the morning of the wedding can help continue the camaraderie and provide a chance to make sure everyone knows the daily schedule and their roles throughout the day.
The Ceremony, Photos, and Reception. You will all be busy throughout the festivities while also wanting to stay comfortable and fresh-looking. I end with some ideas to help your bridesmaids do just that.
Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas
You could, of course, simply ask your best friends and present & future sisters, but there are several creative options for popping the bridesmaid question with a little more panache.
1. Bridesmaid Proposal Card
Many keep it simple with a card. Kelly designed this one to be both elegant and funny. You can find it here. Take a look at her other cards as well.
2. Proposal Gift Box
If you like to get more elaborate than just a card, take a look at Taylor’s hand lettered bridesmaid ask box (it comes with all the goodies in the picture). She will send it to you or ship directly to your bridesmaids. It’s a sturdy white photo box filled with a personalized champagne tumbler, a gold foil card and envelope (blank inside, but she will write whatever you want if you choose to have the box sent direct), and hair ties. The box lid is also personalized.
3. Wooden Keepsake Box
You could also ask your bridesmaids with keepsake boxes. Ivaylo decorates these wooden boxes with a hand painted heart inside and carved name on the lid. He will write anything you’d like inside, so this gift is equally appropriate for asking your flower girl or as a ring box with wedding proposal. Leave the question you’d like painted on the heart in the notes.
4. Custom Proposal Puzzle
Rose’s proposal puzzles are whimsical and fun. She has several styles in your choice of 30 or 80 piece size, and you can have whatever you’d like printed on each. They come with gift boxes and ribbons, which Rose will assemble for you (ready to gift), or send the components for you to assemble yourself.
5. Personalized Wine Labels
How about a wine and cheese party as a bridesmaid ask party? Invite the girls over and pop the question with their own personalized wine labels. These can be completely personalized. You can use the default wording–I’ve finally found a love that’s true, but I can’t imagine walking down the aisle without you–or Marie will write whatever you want on the labels.
Dress and Shoe Shopping
Deciding on dresses and footwear–both yours and your bridesmaids–comes fast on the heels of choosing the wedding party. Going as a group with matching gear to shop not only makes the experience more fun, but also announces you are on a mission! Personalized totes are convenient as bags for shoes, as well as for literature and notes about dress and ensemble options. And custom water bottles serve to keep you all well hydrated. Both can also come in handy on the day of the wedding as part of a survival kit to use throughout the day.
8. Bridesmaids Totes and 9. Wedding Party Water Bottles
These totes are cotton canvas with cotton web handles. They come in two sizes and a choice of 42 font colors. Cheryl will put one or two lines of type or the wedding logo on the bag. Just ask.
Large water bottles are more convenient than case water. These custom water bottle tumblers hold a full three cups. The bride or bridesmaid’s name is in your choice of a myriad colors, including several glitter options. Mandy uses adhesive vinyl, which is both waterproof and rated for outdoor use, to apply the name and title. Your bridal party will be using these long after the wedding.
Outdoor Fun Day
While shopping can be fun, you may want to have a pure play day in the great outdoors. A round of mini golf, a trip to the beach or pool, canoeing or rafting, or an amusement park outing can all fit the bill. With that much time in the sun, your tribe will most certainly need protection from the glare and rays. These sunglasses and hats can help you accomplish that in style.
10. Bride Tribe Sunglasses and 11. Bride Squad Hats
These Bride Tribe Sunglasses and Bride Squad Hats are also from Hina. She has so many popular items in her shop you could literally buy all the customized bling, favors, and decorations you need from her.
If you are like me, a day in the great outdoors does not sound so great. So skip the bugs and potentially dangerous wildlife and opt for a brunch instead. A mimosa bar, complete with champagne flutes customized with each lady’s name, elevates the event to something even more special. This is also a great idea as a bridesmaid ask party.
12. Mimosa Bar Labels and 13. Champagne Glasses
Cassie’s personalized stemless champagne flutes are one of her best sellers. And with a 5 out of 5 star seller rating, her customers adore them.
The juice tags are an immediate download for you to print out on cardstock. They come with both preprinted juice names and blanks, plus what looks like actual glitter in the photo is a (no mess) glitter font effect. Lindsey has other designs available; contact her about getting those if you’d like. She also sells a full mimosa bar kit with two different signs (multiple sizes), tent cards, and tags. Look for a link to it in the description.
The bachelorette party is a natural match for bridesmaids “uniforms.” Shirts or tanks are a special touch for the group (order them yourself as a gift before the event or drop hints to the organizers about how cool it would be). The shirts would also be cute for the wedding shower, and could be reused on the day of the wedding at an informal reception or as casual clean-up wear.
14. Bride Tribe Shirts and 15. Bride’s Squad Tanks
The Bride Tribe needs shirts! The V-neck wedding party t-shirts are perfect if your group has a variety of body types or some aren’t comfortable with bare arms. They’ll look good on any of you. I like how to tank tops are white for the bride and black for the bridesmaids. If’d you’d prefer grey instead of white, take a look in her shop for grey and black sets.
15. Wine Glasses
Meghann’s personalized stemless bridal party wine glasses include the name as well as title of each. You can choose from dozens of name colors.
16. Bachelorette Party Tats
Chantell lets you mix and match these temporary tattoos. There are 26 different ones you can choose from. Plus, she’ll throw in 77 small nail tats.
Overnight Pedicure Party
Everyone’s feet will want pampering before the wedding, so why not combine the pedicure with a group sleepover the night before? There are several gift options that will help everyone relax and enjoy!
17. Pajamas and 18. Personalized Flip Flops
Floral bridesmaids pajamas and coordinating flip flops are cute gifts for an overnight sleepover. These come with a gift bag. Colleen will put each girl’s name on the bag (my favorite choice) or on the back of the shirt. Optionally, get a three-initial monogram on the front.
The wedding party flip flops can have the title like in the photo, or you can get each person’s name on them. In either case, the bride’s are white. Silver is shown for the wedding party but there are different colors available.
19. Foot Soak and 20. Pedicure Kit
A full DIY pedicure requires a soak, scrub, and lotion for lovely feet. Gwen’s foot soak gift jars contain your choice of five relaxing, soothing, or calming formulas.
Re’s pedicure kit includes a sugar foot scrub, foot cream, and a portable nail kit. The latter can also serve as emergency manicure repair on the wedding day.
Day of Hair and Makeup
It’s the morning of and everyone wants to look their best. Whether yours is a DIY affair or you have a group appointment for hair and makeup, there are two musts: something to wear before donning the bridesmaid dresses and caffeine to jump start the day.
21. Personalized Bridal Party Robes
22. Bridesmaids mugs
A filled, 12 ounce personalized coffee mug is in order during makeup application and hair styling. Terrianna will apply a gold name or title to each. Let her know in the notes who in your wedding party is left handed and which are right handed; she will make sure everyone’s name points out while drinking.
Comfort and Beauty on the Big Day
Your whole day will be an exciting and hectic celebration. Comfort and beauty will be a high priority to keep your wedding party from looking frazzled. These ideas can help the ladies remain bright eyed and fresh looking throughout the festivities.
23. Makeup Bag and 24. Compact Mirror
The number one concern is keeping the hair and makeup fresh. Gift the girls with these makeup bags and compact mirrors, plus tuck in a trial size hairspray and they will be set.
These canvas makeup bags have a silky lining to keep the material clean. Kelly will add each lady’s name for a special gift.
A mirror makes the makeup bag more useful. This personalized compact mirror perfectly complements the bag. You may order gift boxes with them as well. In addition to these mirrors, Hina has many other gold wedding party gifts. She has a link to them in the description.
25. Bridesmaid Pashimas
You will be going inside and out for pictures and to the reception, and maybe sitting in the blast of an air conditioner at some point. This could all create a bit of chill at times during the festivities. Light weight wraps or pashimas are the answer. Patricia sells these pashimas and others in different colors and sets in her shop.
26. Rhinestone Flasks
Finally, in hot weather program fans, electric misting fans, and plenty of iced beverages help keep all cool. Another approach is to distract the wedding party from the heat with libations. To add to the fun, I added a “bonus” number 26, rhinestone bridesmaids flasks. They have styles for the guys as well.