Shortly after getting engaged, you and your fiancé will want to decide who is going to be standing next to you on your big day. It’s increasingly common to ‘propose’ to your bridesmaids with gift boxes that include a few things they’d enjoy and things they can use on your wedding day. The problem with these gift boxes is that they often include items that will get shoved to the back of the closet never to be used again. Who needs another tumbler, or pajamas that said ‘Bridesmaid’ across the back? To help both you and your bridal party out, here is a list of bridesmaid gifts they’ll actually use.
For the Bridesmaids
Travel Jewelry Boxes
Jewelry is one of the most difficult items to pack when you’re traveling, even if it’s only to and from the venue. A travel-sized jewelry box with slots for rings, earrings, and necklaces can not only keep their wedding day jewelry untangled and easily accessible, but can be helpful for any future traveling they may do. Many vendors offer customizable jewelry boxes so if you want to go the extra mile with your gift, you can add your bridesmaid’s name or initials to their box.
Necklace, Bracelet, or Earrings
Some brides want their party to look identical, and you can accomplish this by gifting your bridesmaids jewelry in their boxes. Tasteful jewelry, such as knot earrings or a small gold necklace can help your bridesmaids limit the need for day-of accessorizing. As long as the jewelry is versatile, your bridesmaid should be able to add this gift to their own jewelry collection when the wedding is over. Make sure to take into account what kind of jewelry each member of your bridal party typically wears, including if they have their ears pierced.
A bridesmaid info card can help keep all the information in one place and proves to be very useful for any questions your bridal party may have. This card can include the date, location, color scheme for the wedding, where to purchase bridesmaid dresses, and in which color, as well as the names and contact information of everyone else in the bridal party. This way, the bride is answering fewer questions and the bridal party has all of the information at their disposal. While this is not something your bridesmaids will use after the wedding, it’s an inexpensive addition to a gift that can be utilized from the day of the proposal all the way up to the wedding day.
Some brides give their bridesmaids a recovery kit for self-care items to use post-wedding. Some fun items to consider include a pain reliever, face mask, bandaids, 5-hour energy shot, facial roller, and mints. You could also throw in a Starbucks gift card for some extra morning-after caffeine or makeup wipes in case they crashed before taking last night’s glam off.
For the Groomsman
Odds are, most of your groomsmen either have toiletry bags from their childhood or throw all of their hygiene items into a ziploc. Give them a place to keep their items - cologne, toothbrush, and comb - for your bachelor weekend, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day.
Leather Cigar Case
Many grooms and their groomsmen will enjoy a cigar at some point during the wedding festivities. Gifting a high-quality cigar case is a nice way to thank your groomsmen for being a part of your and your partner’s day. If your groomsmen happen to enjoy cigars for special occasions, now they have a way to transport them.
Cufflinks will typically come with a tux rental, but it’s easy to switch them out for something more personal. Many stores will sell fun cufflinks, such as animals, sports teams, or initials, that can replace the basic ones.. Fun cufflinks are one way that you can make your tuxes unique without clashing the overall look of your wedding. By gifting cufflinks, your groomsmen now have a set they can wear again to future events.
A big part of being a groomsman for many weddings is having drinks - at the bachelor party and on the wedding day. You’ll be busy, so having an insulated cup to keep your drinks cool will be beneficial to your entire party. If you purchase an insulator that fits a standard can, all of your groomsmen - both alcohol drinkers and not - will be able to use it again down the road.
Plan Your Wedding at Evergrove Estates
Once you’ve decided who is going to stand with you, you’ll need to decide where to stand. Evergrove Estates offers full-service wedding planning services in the Memphis area at our two outdoor wedding venues, Cedar Hall and Heartwood Hall. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact us. Our professional wedding planners specialize in creating breathtaking weddings that you will never forget!
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