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Gifts for the 'Maids

Posted: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

Wondering what to get your bridesmaids to thank them for being such a big part of your life and in your wedding? The possibilities are endless thanks sites like Etsy and local specialty shops. Personalized gifts are always nice and thoughtful, too; but you can’t go wrong with jewelry, especially if you want your ‘maids to all match on your big day. Since all of your bridesmaids are unique, and special to you for different reasons, it’s acceptable to get them all different items.

Some fun ideas for gifts for your bridesmaids are:

Customized hangers for their dresses: I got my bridesmaids these, and opted to get their names instead of monograms since a couple are currently engaged and will be changing their names soon. Etsy is full of these personalized keepsakes.

Monogrammed oversized shirts: your ‘maids can wear these while getting ready. I’m not sure how often they will wear them after the wedding, but you will get some great ‘getting ready’ photos in them! Etsy has loads of these, or you can pick up plain white men’s shirts anywhere and have them monogrammed at a local shop.

Monogrammed kerchiefs: also a special gift, and can be wrapped around their bouquets at the wedding or kept in the pockets of their dress in case tears start to fall during the ceremony. I love these from BHLDN(along with the rest of their gifts!).

Clutches are always a good option. I gave my bridesmaids clutches to carry at the wedding and reception, but made sure to choose ones that they could also use after the big day.

Jewelry is never a bad idea. While pearls are classy, you can always change things up with a statement piece that your ‘maids will wear for years to come, such as this J. Crew necklace. You can go with just earrings, necklaces or bracelets, or get them an entire set.

Whatever you choose, make sure it will have some meaning to your girls. Try to consider their personalities, the types of photos you want on your wedding day, and it’s always extra special if it has meaning. What great items have you gotten as a bridesmaid or gifted as a bride? Please share with us, and future brides-to-be!

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