The very first thing I purchased were these monogrammed jewelry dishes from Showered With Design on Etsy and had each bridesmaid's initial put in them in purple. Lisa did a beautiful job with them and got them done in such a quick turn around even though I ordered them way early.
I just love personalized hangers...I think they are perfect gifts and a fun item to have in your closet. I searched Etsy forever and just couldn't afford paying $20 a piece for them, especially when I had 7 bridesmaids. One night I was online and came across The Elite Bride on Etsy and couldn't get over her affordable prices. I first ordered 2 hangers for my flower girls to ensure the quality matched up with the price. When they arrived, I seriously couldn't believe how amazing they turned out. I immediately ordered one for each bridesmaid and myself (because I just couldn't resist).
I knew part of the bridesmaid's gift wasn't going to be given to them at the rehearsal, because I wanted a fun element added to the morning of the wedding at the salon while we were getting ready. I purchased the infamous Anthropologie monogram mugs for my girls to have while drinking coffee, mimosas and having fun getting beautified. An added surprise made it pretty fun for everyone, and I loved having something that we all had and matched.
Most brides give jewelry as part of the gifts, and I wanted to do the same. I had a difficult time at first finding something I wanted everyone to wear. I am a fan of HUGE earrings, but not everyone loves the same thing. I didn't want necklaces due to the style of the dress, and not everyone wears bracelets every day like I do so I stuck with earrings. You've heard me talk about my love for Frou Frou & Frill before, and I already knew my bridesmaids loved them since I purchased them all crystal rock cuffs as a thank you for planning my bridal shower. The owner, Jocelin is not only kind, but she's insanely helpful, fashionable and patient. We talked over what I wanted in length, she sent me numerous pictures and I finally decided on something simple for my bridesmaids. Jocelin even sent me a pair for myself, which was just so sweet. If you're looking for affordable and elegant jewelry for your big day, Frou Frou & Frill can definitely help make your wedding beautiful.
Last but not least, I included a pink lip gloss for each bridesmaid that was a pretty pink hue and long lasting so they wouldn't have to reapply much throughout the day. The nice thing about this lip gloss from Younique is that it has a little mirror on the side for perfect application.
I also purchased cards from Brittany Fuson Paper to write my "thank you" to each bridesmaid. I absolutely love Brittany's work and actually used her "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" cards when I asked all of my ladies to stand by my side.
I had wanted to make something for each girl but just ran out of time, because wedding planning and working a full time job is no joke.
Some tips for brides to be when it comes to choosing gifts:
Write down ideas as you think of them so you don't forget.
Keep your whole group in mind.
Buy early and budget- add it in to your overall wedding budget.
If you find something you love & it costs too much--don't stop looking. There's deals everywhere!
I can't wait to show you what Chuck did for his groomsmen gifts, but I want to hear from you. What do you want to see next Wedding Wednesday?
Wedding Wednesday in week's past...in case you missed it: