For me choosing my bridesmaids this was quick, I could have easily had 10+ but always knew it was going to be my two best friends from high school, Laura and Ellie, and my sister-in-law Jasmine.
I wanted to give them some beautiful gifts that were going to be useful on the wedding day and as keepsakes after. I brought them pearl earrings and matching necklaces to wear on the day which complimented the pearl detail on their bridesmaids dresses, I also found silver, forever knot bracelets that matched (all from Etsy).
Useful items for the day included a compact mirror with their names on, a cat shaped nail file (it had to be a cat!) and Impulse body spray - I’m allergic to perfume so asked the girls not to wear too much in case I had a reaction (red, puffy, flaky eyes isn’t the wedding day look I was going for) this meant they could smell lovely all day without fear of aggravating my skin.
I got them a few bits for home; a candle with their initial on, a little metal heart with a personal quote on and a coaster, again personalised to each of them, warning others to stay away from their prosecco!
I also found dove grey satin robes to match their bridesmaids dresses.
To present it all I filled large boxes from Paperchase with tissue paper, carefully arranged the gifts in the box and popped in my thank you cards. I had photos printed for each of them in the style of old Polaroid’s and used my label printer to add their names.
I was really pleased with the outcome, the girls liked their gifts and wore all the jewellery on the wedding day.
I'm a happily married 30 something who has a fondness for planning and organising, an appreciation for spreadsheets, a love of all things wedding, a passion for DIY and am totally smitten with our two cats Bruce and Eddie.