The maid of honor and
- a matching set of fashion jewelry
(necklace and earrings) to wear for the wedding
- a homemade all-season wreath
- a crystal vanity dish
- an engraved pen
- a silver or crystal-handled
- an engraved compact
- a cut-crystal caddy/lidded jar for the
dining table or dresser
- engraved silver heart-shaped earrings
- a crystal perfume bottle
- a monogrammed silver compact
- a silverplated bracelet engraved with
- a silverplated or crystal bud vase
- a figurine
- a crystal ring holder
- a crystal atomizer
- a silver or crystal short candlestick
- a sterling-silver, silverplated, or
sculpted-glass picture frame
- a fancy clock
- a monogrammed address book
Tradition dictates that the help given by
the maid of honor and bridesmaids be acknowledged with gifts. These should
be chosen to reflect the style of your wedding day. Though it is simpler to
give all the bridesmaids identical gifts, the modern bride is not bound to
this rule. However, if gifts are chosen to reflect your attendants'
individual interests or tastes, the value of each gift should be the same.
Choose with care, keeping in mind that these mementos will be cherished for
a long time. Monograms add a personal touch and enhance sentimental value.
The gift for the maid of honor is often different from the bridesmaids', to
reflect her larger contribution to the wedding planning and the special role
she plays on the day.
Though your time will be at a premium as your wedding day grows closer, do
take the time to put some thought into how you will present your gifts. A
thank-you gift that has been wrapped with care shows how much you value the
recipient's friendship and support. Enclose a card with a short note
mentioning the role the recipient is playing in your wedding and anything
they did during your wedding preparations that especially touched you.
There are two occasions when presenting your attendants with their gifts is
timely and thoughtful. The first is to host a bridesmaids' party. Whether a
casual get-together at home or a formal luncheon or dinner at a restaurant,
this event provides an intimate moment for you to address your sentiments
and thanks to your attendants only. The other option is to choose a moment
during the rehearsal dinner to present your gifts. This allows you and your
fiancé to make a joint speech or toast in which you share your thanks to
your attendants with your family and close friends.
As a bride, you will likely have the pleasure of receiving many gifts. Just as
pleasant is the presentation of gifts to the people you wish to acknowledge at
this important time in your life.
We offer here some suggestions for gifts.
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