I would just like to say I so appreciate the emails and comments on this blog. I am so happy I’m able to provide insight to you girls on your wedding planning. This post is finally here after a request from one of my readers last week, so here you are!
I wanted to get my bridesmaids something other than the typical gift and it took me a while to find something special for them. I was on the hunt for a DIY gift idea, so I started making a shadowbox frame that was meant to hold a photo me and the bridesmaid at my wedding. This turned out to be WAY too tedious (I had 8 bridesmaids!) and not nearly pretty enough, so I axed this idea. (Still – in the event I wanted to do this for later, I had a solo photo taken with each of them at my wedding.)
So instead, I decided to do a “Bridesmaid Survival Kit” for the DIY Element of the bridesmaid gift after seeing a post online about a similar thing. It was really well received by the girls so I think this is something all brides should totally consider giving your bridesmaids!
-Cello bags, recommend 4×9 or bigger (can be bought at Michaels or here on Amazon.com)
-Cardstock to print labels
For inside the bags:
-Advil or other painkiller
-Mints or Gum
-Kleenex (for those tears!)
-Band-aids (for the feet – I got cute with it and got Hello Kitty bandages)
-Lipgloss or chapstick
Some people with bigger budgets (and less than 8 bridesmaids!) can also perhaps include a nice nail polish that is in your wedding colors. It’s a cute addition and is something that the girls can all use for the wedding. For the lipgloss, a cute idea is to get Stila Lipgloss Trios and give one each to the girls – these are usually only $12 at beauty supply stores and they come in nice colors.
I printed this ADORABLE templates (free, too!) from 100layercake on nice card stock and cut them to size. I used a paper trimmer because I am OCD.
I started shopping for all the items on my shopping list (above) 2-3 months before my wedding – I went to Target and shopped in the travel section for the shout wipes, the Advil, kleenex (for those tears!), and band-aids. I also went to Bath & Body Works and picked up the hand sanitizers there ($1 each!) because they come in really great scents. The mints were also from Target, got the travel pack of Tic-Tacs and Breath Savers. I think in retrospect I would have picked up the Victoria’s Secrets mints for that aspect… because the heart shaped tin is TOO CUTE.
Fun story: On the day of the wedding, a bridesmaid asked if I had Advil and her kit had it; another had some stain on her dress and the shout wipes also came in handy! *yay* The purpose of this gift was for it to be a truly useful gift and it made me happy that they used it.
Start putting all your items in the bags! Do not underestimate how long this project takes. I spent QUITE a few hours assembling this kit – do this at least 2 months before your wedding like I did. Stuffing the items into the bag and stapling the tags over really takes a while.
Here’s the final product, which I think was truly worth the effort:
This was part 1 of a 3-part Bridesmaids Gift. Visit later this week to see how the full gift turned out! I was beyond thrilled with how the full gift turned out with the custom elements. Stay tuned!
Total Project Cost: About $10/kit.