Wedding trends always come and go. However, some traditions are fairly resilient, such as a having bridesmaids. These three to five ladies do far more than stand beside the couple at the altar on their big day.
Bridesmaids often lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on or some even function as the day-of coordinator. Unfortunately, with this honor and responsibility often comes a hefty price tag.
These days, members of the bridal party can expect to spend $1,500 to $1,800. These costs cover everything from attire and day-of beautification to airfare and hotel stays, all elements of today’s wedding festivities. Your friends will be happy to pay what is needed to be there with you. So, you need to thank them.
The way you thank a bridesmaid is by giving them a heartfelt gift. It is a simple way to let the know how grateful you are to have them share your special day with you. But, make sure you follow some simple bridesmaid gift etiquette tips when determining what to give to these speical ladies.
HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND ON BRIDESMAID GIFTS?
There is not a set amount you should spend on a gift for your bridesmaids. It is dependent upon your budget. However, keep in mind how much she is spending on her dress, shoes, hotel and other expenses for being there on your special day.
The average is $50 – $100 per gift for each of the women standing up next to you. Most brides will typically spend a bit more for the maid or matron of honor. But again, if you are on a very tight budget, spend what you can afford.
WHEN DO YOU GIVE BRIDESMAID GIFTS?
If you happen to have a brides luncheon or get together the day before your wedding, it would be the perfect time to give your bridesmaids their gifts. However, if you don’t have one, you can hand them out at the rehearsal dinner or even the morning of your wedding.
The timing for giving your gifts might also depend upon what you give them. If it is a robe to wear while getting ready or accessories for your wedding, make sure they get them at least a day or two beforehand.
BRIDESMAID GIFT IDEAS
Your bridesmaids have already given you a shower and wedding gift, so it is your chance to return the favor to them! But, what should you get for them?
Many brides will give standard gifts such as a personalized robe, jewelry or accessories they can wear not only during the wedding but afterward. But, you may want to come up with some unique gift ideas that tell these women how very much they mean to you. You can give spa certificates, cell phone cases, concert tickets or even pajamas. The ideas are endless.
And, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get everyone the same thing! Just as each of your friends is different, so can their gifts. Make sure you tailor the gift for your bridesmaids to match their personality. And, you may want to get something a bit more lavish for your maid of honor to thank her for the additional duties she will take on to ensure your wedding day is perfect.
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