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.
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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.