How Much to Spend on Bridesmaids' Gifts
A little thought can go a long way with bridesmaids' gifts
By Michelle Bolyn
Your bridesmaids help you through your planning process, accompany you on vendor appointments and spend money on their dresses and shoes. As the bride, make sure your bridesmaids know how much you appreciate them being a part of your wedding day. One way you can show them your appreciation is by giving them thoughtful gifts.
How much you spend on your bridesmaids' gifts isn't as important as the thought you put into it. You can give your bridesmaids $15 gifts that are personal and thoughtful and mean more than an impersonal gift that costs $100.
Start with a budget that you feel comfortable with and find gifts within that price range. Think about each bridesmaid's personality when you choose a gift. Or consider getting them all the same item. It simplifies things for you and makes it less likely they'll be envious of someone else's present. Another option is to get them the same gift but in different colors, such as the same style bracelet for each bridesmaid but in different hues.
Many brides give their bridesmaids jewelry or wraps they can wear on the wedding day. Find jewelry and wraps that are inexpensive yet elegant. But if your gifts aren't intended to be worn on the wedding day, it opens up your color options.
Traditionally, brides present their bridesmaids with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. Another option is to present the gifts during a bridesmaids' brunch, if you're having one, or take a moment to give the gifts as you and your bridesmaids get ready on the day of the wedding.
No matter what gift you give your bridesmaids, include personal notes letting them know how happy you are that they could be a part of your wedding day.
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Michelle Bolyn regularly writes on weddings and relationships.
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