If you're looking for sentimental and long-lasting gifts to give to members of your bridal party, jewellery is the way to go. June Neocleous is Assistant Manager at contemporary jewellery retailers Gift and Wrap, and has put together this guide for deciding what to buy and making sure it's extra special, when gifting jewellery to your bridal party.
When you asked your bridal party to be involved in your special day, you did so based on very important criteria: they've helped you grow into the person that you are, they've been with you through thick and thin, and you simply couldn't say 'I do' without them. Here's what to look out for when choosing the right thank-you gifts for your best friends and bridesmaids to show them how grateful you are to have them in your life — and your wedding.
Types of jewellery
Choosing the right kind of jewellery is important. Buying rings can be a tricky gesture to pull off, as it would involve finding out the right ring size for every member of your bridal party. Bracelets and necklaces are a lot more appropriate, especially if they are adjustable, and can often be bought as part of a gift set with matching earrings — a smart option if your party will be wearing their jewellery during the wedding.
Decorative charms work well as thank-you gifts that are budget friendly without sacrificing quality. These tiny pieces of jewellery can pack a lot of sentiment and are delicate symbols of exactly how you feel about your bridal party, which they can pop onto their own chains and charm bracelets or keep safe in their boxes.
Metal and stones
By choosing a precious metal that will last a long time, your bridal party will have the perfect memento to remember your friendship and your big day. Look for sterling silver, rose or 18 carat gold-plated pieces for luxurious and long-lasting thank-you gifts. Personalise them with coloured stones, perhaps to match the scheme you chose for your bridesmaids or simply to add some sparkle. It's up to you whether you want their jewellery to match or whether you want to find the right combination of stones and metal for each member of your bridal party — remember to take their individual personalities and tastes into account.
Wrap it up
Whatever jewellery you choose, be sure to make the gifting of it extra special. Carefully wrap each one or find a gift-wrapping service that will do it for you using the highest quality papers and ribbon, personalised with a message for them to cherish. Take the time to present each gift to each recipient, properly and with sincerity, to show your gratitude for the time, money, and effort that your bridal party have put into the preparations for your big day.
Although your wedding day is about you and your partner, it's important to remember your friends. With these tips, you'll be able to find gifts for your bridal party that are testament to all they've done for you, and to what you will continue to do for each other in the coming years.