Your best gals are standing by your side on your big day. They’ve bought the dress, listened to you talk about guest lists and peonies (or date changes and hand sanitizer), and generally celebrated you and your fiancé! They’ve been by your side through thick and thin, and you want them to feel appreciated on your wedding day! Here are our favorite ideas for making your bridesmaids feel special on your wedding day, inspired by real weddings here at 48 Fields!
MAKE IT A SLUMBER PARTY WITH MATCHING PAJAMAS
For her winter wedding, Sarah gifted her bridesmaids with matching plaid pajama sets. Matching PJs not only make for a cute photo op, but they are also cozy and practical, and something your bridesmaids might actually wear again! And when they do, they’ll think of you!
Bonus Tip: Choose something with a wide neck or buttons down the front so it doesn’t mess up anyone’s hair and makeup when they change into their wedding day looks!
SPOIL YOUR GALS WITH ADORABLE ROBES
Let’s be honest – silk robes are not the sort of thing most of us buy for ourselves. And that’s exactly why they make such a fun and special gift!
Bonus Tip: Make sure everyone feels comfortable being photographed in their robe before taking any group photos! And if they say no, listen. Better to keep the friend than get the photo you pictured in your head!
RAISE A GLASS TO YOUR GIRLS WITH A CHAMPAGNE TOAST
What better way to kick off your wedding day than with a glass of bubbly with your best friends? Take a moment to celebrate them and thank them for being by your side. Here’s to friendship!
For an extra special touch, Maria gifted her bridesmaids with personalized champagne glasses with their names on them!
GET THE DETAILS RIGHT WITH PERSONALIZED HANGERS
Kacie gifted her bridesmaids with matching robes and personalized hangers. The hangers are a cute detail that helps keep the robes from getting mixed up and it’s a fun little gift for your bridesmaids to take home with them!
COVER THE TAB FOR THEIR HAIR AND MAKEUP
Being a wedding attendant can get expensive! If you can, consider footing the bill for their hair and/or makeup on your wedding day as a thank you.
LET THEM CHOOSE THEIR OWN DRESSES
Most wedding parties include a variety of tastes and body types. To make sure everyone has a dress they love (and wants to wear again), invite them to choose their own dresses! Give them a specific length, color, or color palette to stay within to keep things cohesive. You’ll get more interesting wedding photos and they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness and be more comfortable on your wedding day!
MAKE TIME FOR INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS
Tell your photographer you would like individual portraits with each of your attendants. These photos are a wonderful memento, and your bridesmaids will be glad for a few moments to celebrate your friendship!
Bonus Tip: Get these individual portraits printed after your wedding and send your bridesmaids a copy along with a handwritten thank you note. They’ll love that you took the time to say how much they mean to you!
GIVE THEM A SHOUT-OUT AT YOUR RECEPTION
When you grab the mic at your reception to thank your guests for coming, take a moment to address each of your attendants by name. You chose each of these people for a reason. Share that reason with everyone else! Your other guests would love to know how each of them is connected to you, and your bridesmaids may blush, but they’ll appreciate your public acknowledgement of their special role in your life!
We hope these ideas inspire you to make your bridesmaids feel special on your wedding day! Just remember – even for your closest friends, time with the happy couple is precious on the big day. So if you do nothing else, take a moment to pull each of them aside and privately thank them for standing by your side!
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Our countryside barn and vast fields are peacefully set in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country.