One of the most powerful moments leading up to our wedding was realizing that we were surrounded by the women who've shaped me, yesterday, today and tomorrow. That is why I am so passionate about ensuring bridesmaids don't get lost in the hustle and bustle of planning, and they feel your appreciation for their forever friendship.
Asking for their continued support in the next step of Evan's and my relationship was one of my favorite things! Putting my bridesmaids gifts together was such a joy. I chose items that represented our shared past, my new future and the celebration we'll share. Bridesmaid's gifts don't have to be super elaborate or break the bank, but they should be meaningful and intentional. You're asking your friends to be an intimate part of the most memorable day of your life.
The cute cups and confetti were from Swoozies, and the box, soap and polish were an easy Amazon purchase!
After I popped the question to all my leading ladies, I wanted to open the lines of communication and get everyone on a group email. Because I chose friends from all phases in my life, they didn't all know each other. I wanted to make introductions, and also honor each of the special connections we shared. So I wrote a silly blurb for everyone! It was fun for me to write and fun for them to read:
As you can tell, each of my girls has a unique connection to me and quite different personalities from each other. That is why I didn't want to dictate a particular dress each had to buy and wear. Instead, I chose a champagne color and a variety of sequined and beaded options from BHLDN and Adrianna Papell they could pick and choose from. The outcome was perfect! I highly recommend the combination of letting your girl's pick a dress they love while guiding them through some options you also think are awesome.
It's important to remember there is a lot more than dresses and flowers you need to be communicating with your gal pals. There are shower dates, rehearsal times, bridesmaid luncheon locations, hotel room blocks, "day-of" notes, and so much more. Some of the communications you can pass off to your MOH or leave to the individual invitations that may be sent out, but for the most part, keeping everyone organized should come from you:
Of course your groom takes priority as your #1 on the wedding day (oh, and moms and dads probably rank 2nd), but cherish the time you spend with your besties while getting ready, taking pictures, and dancing the night away! These are still the people you'll call after a bad day or when you need fashion advice. They'll be there during hard times and to celebrate the good ones. At the end of the day, your husband will never (and never should) replace your girlfriends, your Tribe.