Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Today for wedding tip Tuesday I have put together some bridal party gift ideas. I remember having a hard time coming up with gifts for my matron of honor and flower girl that felt both sweet and personal, while also being an appropriate bridal party gift. Therefore,  I wanted to provide some inspiration to anyone gift shopping this year (or years from now). I hope my gift ideas help you find something special for the women standing by their side on the big day. Plus, I think most of these would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts too.  

Bridal Party Gift Ideas

1. Pajamas - I love these satin Kate Spade pajamas (I also love these for less than $35). hey are so pretty for spring, and everyone would look darling posing in them for the getting-ready photos. Plus, your bridesmaids can wear them for years to come and think of the great times you all had together. 

also love this nightgown for the flower girl. Aren’t the sleeping bunnies adorable? Your flower girl will be wrapped in bunny beauty sleep before the big day, what could be better?!

2. Cozy robes - I really like this cozy spa robe (I have it and love it), this fancy satin one, and this pink girls robe. A nice robe is a great gift because it’s little something extra that all of the bridesmaids, and flower girl, can enjoy on the morning of the wedding and for years to come after. You can also have them monogrammed for that little something extra. 

3. Jewelry - Basically, you can never go wrong with jewelry! It's a nice way to say thank you for all the work and support they gave you to prepare for my big day. f you pick a silver piece, having the item engraved would be a wonderful touch as well. Things Remembered has a number of pieces and does engraving, I love this bracelet

4. S’Well bottles - Aren’t these Liberty print S’Well bottles the prettiest? I think a nice water bottle is a great gift since it is something that will be used constantly after your wedding, and since S’Well bottles are on the more expensive side it’s a treat that your bridesmaid wouldn’t buy herself. 

5. lower Girl Doll - I bought this doll for my flower girl and it was a big hit. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the doll’s sash comes embroidered with your flower girl’s name. The site often puts items on sale too (I got my doll 20% off).

6. Flower Girl Book - I love this customized flower girl book! It’s such a sweet memento. In addition, if you give it to her before the wedding it will help her understand her role a bit better so she isn’t confused or scared when so many people are staring at her the day of. 

s anyone getting married, or in a wedding, anytime soon? Or if your already married what did you get your bridal party? I’d love to hear!

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Wedding Tip Tuesday - Take Dance Lessons

My wedding tip for this week is to take dance lessons. We bought an 8 lesson package, which included learning a short choreographed first dance. The whole experience was so magical, and feeling confident performing our first dance in front of everyone we love made all the work worth it.

First Dance

I highly recommend taking a few dance classes together before the big day. Your first dance is a magical moment, and it should be an experience that you enjoy instead of dread. Because we took dance lessons we loved performing our first dance, and still dance it around the apartment. We learned it bit by bit over the course of eight lessons, and also learned basic dance steps so that we could dance to everything the DJ played throughout the wedding reception. 

First Dance

If you don't want a choreographed first dance however, I think taking some lessons is still worth it. Learning the basic steps to a number of dances, like the hustle and the fox trot, made both of us enjoy dancing throughout the entire wedding reception. In addition, we have enjoyed dancing at parties ever since. For instance, we are so excited to dance the night away at the wedding we are attending at the end of April.

First Dance

Finally, learning to dance together was just fun! It was a wonderful experience that we will cherish forever. 

Have any of you taken dancing lessons? Did you have a choreographed first dance? I'd love to hear!

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Wedding Tip Tuesday - Have an Ice Breaker

Wedding Welcome Party

I’m back with another wedding tip for this beautiful Tuesday. This week my suggestion is to have some type of ice breaker before the wedding. Also, if you are having a number of wedding guests that don’t know each other, or haven’t seen each other in a long time, I then I highly, highly recommend some type of event where everyone chit chats before the wedding.  

Wedding Welcome Party

For our ice breaker we decided to have a very large rehearsal dinner (almost everyone at the wedding was at the rehearsal dinner). We had it at a local spot on the water, and there was a live band and lots of hussle and bustle. It was so much fun! It also allowed everyone to get to know each other, so the awkward small talk was out of the way before the wedding. Since the ice was already broken, instead of everyone being polite and formal on the wedding day everyone laughed and danced together!  

Wedding Welcome Party

If you are having a smaller rehearsal dinner, a fun and informal meal before the wedding works great too! My matron of honor had a large picnic at her house, and it was really fun. I didn’t know anyone at her wedding other than her, the groom, and her immediate family (whom I hadn’t seen in years). Because of the picnic, when I arrived at the wedding I knew everyone and felt far more at ease to laugh and dance with the guests.

Having a large informal rehearsal dinner also meant that my husband and I had time to greet and laugh with all of our guests at the rehearsal dinner. This freed up time at the wedding for us to dance more, which was important to us. Finally, since a lot of our guests came in from out of town having a large gathering before the wedding meant we, and our families, got to spend even more time with all of the guests.

Wedding Welcome Party

So, in short, if you have the time I highly recommend an informal gathering before the wedding! It was an amazing and exciting evening, and made the wedding even more fun for everyone. 

Did anyone else have a picnic or large rehearsal dinner before their wedding? Or is anyone planning one? I’d love to hear about it! And if you are in the Palm Beach County area and have any questions about our experiences having our dinner at Bradley’s please don’t hesitate to ask. 

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Hair and Makeup Trial for Your Wedding

My tip for this week is to schedule a hair and makeup trial for your wedding. A hair and makeup trial is when you have your prospective stylist do a full test run of your hair and makeup for the wedding. It allows you to perfect the way you want to look, since often pictures of hair and makeup on other people look much different on you. It’s also a great opportunity to fine tune the look - for instance, to test out exactly how much volume you want your hair to have, how far out you want your winged eyeliner to extend, and how pink you want your lips.

Here's my makeup from my trial

Here's my makeup from my trial

And here's my hair

And here's my hair

The way the process works is fairly simple. A few months before your wedding call salons near your wedding venue to ask about your bridal package. Once you find a salon that is available, in your budget, and has good reviews schedule a hair and makeup trial. Show up to your trial with a couple pictures of how you want your hair and makeup to look on your big day. If you like working with the stylist, then after the trial you book them for your wedding. Both their skills with beauty and their attitude are important - this is a person you are going to spend most of the morning of your wedding taking to.  Finally, right after the trial take a lot of pictures of your hair and makeup, including the back of your head, so that it is easy for them to reproduce it the day of your wedding. My friend had a trial, but didn’t take pictures, and they didn’t replicate it the way she wanted. 

Here's my makeup look on the wedding day

Here's my makeup look on the wedding day

Wedding Makeup

The biggest reason I recommend having a trial done is that it means you will spend the morning of your wedding feeling pampered and relaxed, instead of at all anxious about how your stylist will do your hair and makeup. I think that peace of mind is well worth the extra cost, since the morning of your wedding should be full of nothing but love and joy. 

Wedding Makeup

Finally, if anyone is wondering, here is some of the products my stylist used - I loved the look so much I took notes, haha. 

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