When it comes to bridesmaid gifting, it seems like most of the options on the market are either a little cliché, not personalized enough, or require you to do a lot more work into putting the gifts together than is really necessary. Not all of us are experts in the gift-giving arena, and could really use a little help—especially when you're already bogged down with the other stresses of planning a wedding! That's why we chatted with Laura Jennings, the CEO and founder of one of our favorite gifting sites, Knack to give us tips on everything you need to know about giving the perfect gift to your bridal party. From what you should spend on gifts, to the "ingredients" of what should go into a perfectly curated gift, Jennings has all the answers to questions we didn't even know we had!
Here is everything you need to know about bridesmaids gifts:
What to spend
Don’t go beyond your means, but do consider what you’re asking your bridal party to spend: pricy outfits, long-distance travel and multiple showers and parties can all add up. While we see significant variation in the cost of wedding party gifts, $75-$150 tends to be the most common range.
When to gift your bridal party
'Will You' gifts—i.e. a little gift to you ask people to participate in your wedding—are becoming increasingly common. Think of it as popping the question again—only this time, there’s no ring! These gifts can be simple, and often focus on the celebration aspect of the occasion; wine or champagne, for example.
It's also quite nice to have gifts at the bachelor and bachelorette party. When your bridal party gathers together to celebrate YOU, surprise them with a gift that expresses your appreciation for them. Try to match your gift to the theme of the event. For a destination event, for example, consider a spa gift set to pamper them. But if it’s a traveling night on the town, give a little something that won’t be awkward to carry around for the evening such as a small flask or item of jewelry.
There's also the thank you gift, which sets the stage for their important role at the big event. Set your gifts at your bridal party’s place settings for the rehearsal dinner, then give a touching toast about why these people are so special to you.
What to gift
Your bridal party gifts are a reflection of you, and should be as personal as your wedding. But having seen many of these over the years, we can tell you that there’s a “recipe” for the perfect bridal party gift:
- A permanent memento they’ll have forever
- Something useful for the day of
- Something fun, to celebrate
The permanent item need not be super expensive, but it should be something they’ll keep around and use over the years—and think of you every time they do!
The day of gift will vary depending on your wedding logistics, but think water bottles, shawls, clutch bags or other items that will make their day more comfortable.
Finally, it’s time to celebrate! Confetti poppers, chocolate to nibble on, a favorite adult beverage, diversions for any downtime. Here’s your chance to make the gift even more memorable by including something unexpected.
Want to personalize your gifts? Check out Knack—they have tons of super cute curated boxes for everyone in your wedding (and in your life!).