Getting married is an exciting time when you come together with the love of your life. But your wedding isn’t all about the two of you as a couple. It’s also about celebrating with your friends and family. One of the best things about the day is getting to have your bridesmaids there, whether they’re your sisters, your best friends, or even your little daughters, nieces, or other girls in your family. It’s great to have them there for your special day, being part of the ceremony and supporting you both in the run-up to the wedding and during the event.
You want to show your appreciation for your bridesmaids, but what’s the best way to show them that you’re grateful for them being there for you? You can do lots of things to thank them for being your bridesmaids and being there for you when you need them.
Give a Customised Gift
It’s customary to give a gift to your bridesmaids to thank them for being there on your wedding day and helping you with the planning. There are plenty of different gifts you can consider, with jewellery being a popular choice. If you want to make your gifts extra special, consider customising them to make them unique to each bridesmaid. A personalised jewellery box is a great choice if you’re looking for a gift that everyone will love. You can include each bridesmaid’s name and a personalised message for them. It’s a fun and touching way to thank your bridesmaids.
Take Them for Dinner and Drinks
Giving gifts is just one way of showing your bridesmaids that you appreciate them. An experience of some kind is also a good idea, and going out for dinner and drinks is a fun option. They might have already given you a hen party, but now it’s your turn to take them out. It can just be a quiet affair if you want to keep things low-key, or it could be a bit more lively. Some brides take out their bridesmaids (and perhaps some other female family members and friends) the night before the wedding for a nice meal.
Give Them a Day Out
Another way to give your bridesmaids a fun experience is to take them for a day out somewhere, either before or after the wedding. They’ve given time for your wedding day, as well as other events and appointments, so you can show your appreciation by giving some of your time back to them. There are plenty of things you can do together, from having a spa day to trying out some extreme sports. You can choose a fun bonding activity, and perhaps even make a weekend of it if you want to. Ask them if there’s anything they really want to do.
Write Thank-You Cards
It might be a simple gesture, but writing cards to thank your bridesmaids is definitely one that will be appreciated. There are several opportunities to give these cards, including during or after the wedding. It doesn’t take long to do, and you can include a personalised message in each of the cards you write. If you want to make an extra effort, you could even design and make the cards yourself to make them extra special. Cards are also great for popping a voucher or some cash inside, as an additional token of your appreciation.
Be Flexible on Their Outfits
There are also ways to show your appreciation for your bridesmaids during your wedding planning. One way to do this is to be a little more relaxed about their outfits. Some brides might have a preference for having their bridesmaids matching exactly. However, the trend for being a bit more flexible has grown. Many brides simply pick their colours, and then allow their bridesmaids to choose a style that suits them. This means all of your bridesmaids will feel more comfortable in an outfit that they chose, instead of spending the day feeling uncomfortable in a dress they don’t really like.
Listen to Their Opinions
You can also be appreciative of your bridesmaids during wedding planning by asking for and listening to their opinions. This might include taking them to appointments such as your dress shopping appointment or discussing certain aspects of your wedding planning with them. It could also mean being willing to listen if they think you need a reality check or to be brought down to Earth a little.
There are multiple ways to show your appreciation for your bridesmaids. If you want to show you love them, give them a gift and value their opinions.