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9 Thoughtful Bridesmaids Gifts They’ll Appreciate

From planning your wedding to the big day itself, you’ve had a lot of help along the way. I’m sure you counted on your bridesmaids to be like your bread and butter to make sure your special day goes swimmingly. So how could you ever thank them enough? Why, with a gift of course!

For the lovely ladies who were there for you from the very start, here are a few ideas to help you through your brainstorming process to figure out the perfect gift(s) for your gal pals.

Board created through StyleChat
Board created through StyleChat

1. To start, you’ve got to ask a few ladies to be your bridesmaids! What better way to do so than with a sweet, yet thoughtful card? You can personalize the message for each girl.

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2. Just like your hubby-to-be proposed to you, you can propose to your bridesmaids! Take this cute “forget me knot” ring and ask your go-to girls if they’d help you tie the knot. You need all your loved ones on such a special day!

Now, that takes care of getting your bridesmaids on board. The following gifts can be given to your right-hand ladies either at the same time as the proposal card and ring, or the night before your wedding.

"Forget me Knot "ring via jeweliq.com
“Forget me Knot “ring via jeweliq.com

3. Invite your bridesmaids to celebrate your last night of being single with these gold leaf cocktail glasses. You can pop champagne and your girls can take these pretty glasses home with them as a little trinket from the night.

Cocktail glasses via www.brit.co
Cocktail glasses via http://www.brit.co

4. Make sure your bridesmaids are comfy during the night of your bachelorette party and while you all get ready on your wedding day. This silk kimono wrap will bring out your bridesmaids’ feminine sides in no time.

Silk Kimono wrap from Victoria's Secret
Silk Kimono wrap from Victoria’s Secret

5. Keep the comfort comin’! OK, so even the best of us ladies get super tired wearing heels at some point in the day. So if your bridesmaids feel like kickin’ off those heels and slipping on something a little closer to the ground, get them a pair of flats.

The best part about these flats is that they’re flexible enough to be stored in a bag during the wedding. There are also different color options so you can choose ones to match your bridesmaids’ dresses! (You can even buy yourself a pair to stash for the wedding!)

Comfy flats from tieks.com
Comfy flats from tieks.com

6.“EMERGENCY!” That’s the worst thing to hear, especially on your wedding day. So save your bridesmaids from panicking with a Minimergency Kit made specifically for them.

They’ll be able to keep the small pouch with them to access the essentials. The kit includes hair spray, double-sided tape, bobby pins, a small sewing set, and more! (Don’t worry, there’s one just for brides, too!)

Minimergency kit oh BHLDN.com
Minimergency kit oh BHLDN.com

7. Monogrammed items are so big right now! Get your bridesmaids a trendy little monogrammed keychain. It’s a personalized gift, and it can double as a necklace if you swap the key ring out for a long chain.

Monogram Keychains via threehipchicks.com
Monogram Keychains via threehipchicks.com

8. But what’s a keychain good for if your bridesmaids can’t put it on anything right away? Get them a personalized tote bag!

You can also monogram this with your gal pals’ initials, their first name, or just “bridesmaid.” And all the gifts you saw above? You can give them to your girls in this tote bag. They can use it the night before the wedding and the day of the wedding to store their essentials.

Personalized Totes via exclusivelyweddings.com
Personalized Totes via exclusivelyweddings.com

9. Last but not least, is a thank you card. You can give this to your girls on the day of your wedding or after it’s over. It’s always nice to show appreciation to those who’ve helped you the most.

Thank you cards like these from minted.com
Thank you cards like these from minted.com

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

By: Stephanie Wong

1. Card
2. Ring
3. Cocktail Glasses
4. Wrap
5. Flats
6. Minimergency Kit
7. Monogrammed keychain
8. Tote Bag
9. Thank You Card

8 Ways to Make A Wedding More Fun

Weddings are events full of love, happiness, and fun. So what better place to bring loved ones together and have the single ones mingle than at your wedding? Set up some amazing ways to get your guests smiling throughout the ceremony and the reception.

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1. Who doesn’t love disposable cameras? It’s probably been a while since you’ve used one, but you should bring them back for this special occasion. You can start the photo-snapping fun at the ceremony. Stash a few disposable cameras in each row of seats. You can stick one at each end of the rows, so there’s a camera at the seat closest to the aisle and one at the seat closest to the other end of that row. You can even stick one in the middle of the row so there’s a total of three cameras in each row.

This will ensure that you don’t miss a thing! Your guests can snap photos as soon as they arrive and take their seats while you’re still getting ready to strut your stuff. You can also have disposable cameras as part of the centerpiece at each of the tables during your reception.

You’ll most likely end up with photos of the food, snapshots of your smiling guests, funny moments you missed from your seat, or just fun group shots and selfies.

Photo courtesy of andygaines.com
Photo courtesy of andygaines.com

2. While we’re on the photo note, who can resist a photo booth? There will definitely be a line of people waiting to get photos taken. You can rent a photo booth, or create a DIY one. A DIY photo booth may require a photographer to help. He or she can use a Polaroid camera so guests can see their photos instantly!

A DIY photo booth isn’t too difficult, all you really need is a sheet as a background if there isn’t already a desirable one, and props. You can use props like a top hat, feather boas, 3D movie glasses with the lenses popped out, a mustache on a stick, and the list continues. Use your imagination and have fun with it. You know your guests will enjoy it!

Photo Courtesy of weddingbee.com
Photo Courtesy of weddingbee.com

3. It’s one thing to have hard copies of photos, but it’s another to have digital copies. So how can you ever keep track of your guests’ wedding photos posted online? You know you want to see the photos everyone took. You can create a personalized hashtag for your guests to use when posting to social media sites.

You know half of your relatives will be checking into Facebook, that one guy will be live tweeting from the beginning of the ceremony to the end of the reception, and everyone else will be posting food photos and selfies on Instagram. So why not keep all of these pictures in a virtual album of some sort? Have little signs out prompting your guests to use a particular hashtag. This will allow you and yours to search for the hashtag after the wedding is over and see the wedding through your guests’ eyes.

Your guests can also take advantage of the hashtag by checking out what other guests post. So what kind of hashtag should you create? Make sure it’s something unique so that only photos from the wedding are seen when the hashtag is searched.

For example, if you use “#wedding,” you’ll see SO many photos! It’ll be almost impossible to find ones from your own wedding. Make the hashtag something personal like “SmithWedding2014,” “BradAndJen2014,” “SeanAndKateUnion,” “AnneAndJoeGetMarried,” or “MrAndMrsCoxWedding.” Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research! It’d be a shame if someone else used your hashtag already and it was too late to change it. The hashtag is the perfect way to keep track of all photos, statuses, and tweets about your wedding.

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4. Get your guests to be interactive! Serve your drinks on these coasters where guests can put in their two cents. No, not literally. Your guests can give you and yours a bit of advice. Wonder what mom and dad will say! Also, kids say the darnedest things!

5. Under each wedding guest’s plate, insert one of these notes. It’ll give your guests something to do while they wait for the food. Keep a basket at the center of each table where they can leave the notes (and the coasters, too!) before they take off for the night. It’s a personalized way to connect with your guests, even if you didn’t get to say hello to each one of them during the reception.

Photo Courtesy of theknot.com
Photo Courtesy of theknot.com

6. Will there be children at your wedding? Keep them entertained with a small craft table. Kids can color, keep themselves busy with small crafts, and play with toys. We can’t have those little ones be bored, can we?

It’ll also give parents a chance to hit the dance floor while their little ones can color a pretty picture for the newlywed couple. If your wedding is outdoors, you can add bubbles and chalk to the table. Although the addition may attract wedding guests who aren’t children!

7. A lounge area for your reception would be great for guests to take a load off their feet. This works both indoors and outdoors. A small area with comfy chairs and cushions would be perfect.

You can decorate the space with flowers, candles, potpourri, and anything else that’ll create an inviting atmosphere. It’ll give your guests a chance to take a seat away from the dinner table and have a conversation with someone new.

Photo Courtesy of theknot.com
Photo Courtesy of theknot.com

8. You can have a piñata at your wedding! No, not one you break open. This piñata is for the bride and the groom. The guests can fill it up with loving notes!

You can share a memory, wish them well, or anything else! Fill up the piñata with loving words that will make the couple smile and laugh. They won’t break it open until their first wedding anniversary.

With so many great features to incorporate into your wedding, your guests will surely have a blast! Have another tip? Share with us in the comments.

By: Stephanie Wong