One of your closest gals is getting married, and she's asked you to be a big part of the big day as a bridesmaid. Although playing this role can wreak havoc on the budget, between the dress, shoes and bachelorette party, don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the bride with a special gift. It doesn't have to be large; in fact, you could go in on a present with the other bridesmaids, but it should show her how happy you are to help her walk down the aisle.
Something Old, Something New ...
Every bride knows she needs to don four particular items on her wedding day: Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Make your gift to her something special that will fit into any of these categories. It might be a beautiful antique pearl bracelet that serves as something old, or a pair of cheeky underwear that feature a sapphire-colored ribbon to wear as something blue. For little less common present, think about the oft-dropped fifth item, "And a six-pence in your shoe," and gift her a six-pence coin to tuck into her heels for good luck.
The Little Things
If your budget is tiny but your affection for the bride is huge, collect a number of small wedding-related items as a fun, memorable gift. For example, most brides adore receiving trinkets with their new name or the words "Bride" or "Mrs." on it. Purchase a tote bag adorned with her future moniker; then fill it with a wedding-related DVD, such as "The Wedding Singer" or "Father of the Bride," flip-flops that display the letters "Mrs." and a small ceramic dish to hold her engagement and wedding rings. You could also create a day-of wedding emergency kit, filled with items such as aspirin, bobby pins, safety pins, stain remover, makeup wipes, thread, extra ribbon, hair ties, concealer and a small bottle of water. You might just save the day with this useful gift.
If the bride has asked you to be a part of her big day, then you likely have a long history together. Although most gifts will focus on the bride and groom, do something a little different and help her reminisce about your relationship as friends or family. Create a small scrapbook that shares photos and memories about your past, and conclude with a spot to place a photo of the two of you on her wedding day. You could also give her a picture frame with two spots in it: one already filled with a photo from your younger days and one ready for a photo from the wedding day.
The wedding is only the first day of a marriage that will hopefully last the rest of the bride's life. Think about her life after she returns from her honeymoon, and create a basket of "a year of dates" for the newlyweds. This could include a gift certificate for movie tickets and a local restaurant, a picnic blanket and sturdy wine glasses for an evening at the local park, dry gourmet pasta and sauce for a dinner date at home, and other date-worthy ideas. This could get pricey, so ask the other bridesmaids to go in on it, too. If you prefer, create a basket with honeymoon items, such as scented candles, massage oil, luggage tags and maybe even a negligee, if you're feeling risque.
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