Amy, from Belles on a Budget stops by to give her ideas on how to thank your girls without blowing the wedding budget.
Your bridesmaids contribute so much to your big day. They are there to shriek over the phone when you announced your engagement, help you find that dress of your dreams, and offer moral support along the way. Not to mention the amazing shower and bachelorette party they will be throwing for you! So of course you want to show your girls how much they are loved and appreciated. Even on a budget, you can give them gifts any bridesmaid would envy. Here are some of my favorite bridesmaid gifts and tips for scoring them without breaking the bank:
1. Get Personal
Personal gifts not only thank your girls but provide a meaningful memento to show them how important your relationship is to you. A photo book with your favorite memories of the two of you, a photo collage of fun pictures, or a framed print all show your girls how special it has been to have them involved in your wedding. To do this on the cheap — be on the lookout for photo book deals or free photo collage offers. The holiday season is an especially good time to snag inexpensive photo gifts: Snapfish recently featured a Buy 1 Get 2 Free photo book promotion and several sites have free photo print offers.
2. Provide Wedding Day Essentials
Gifts to keep your girls stylish and comfortable on your big day are always a hit! Think flip flops (or my new favorite- foldable flats) to keep your girls dancing the night away, a tote to carry all of those necessities for the day, or pashminas to keep the bridesmaids warm during a cool evening reception. And all of these are doable on a budget! Pick up cheap flip flops on sale at the end of the summer or combine coupons and sales to score an absolute steal on bridesmaid totes!
Whether a keepsake piece or some inexpensive bling, jewelry can complete the bridesmaids’ looks and give them new accessories they can wear later. Browse sale sections and use coupons to score jewelry on a budget. Daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Plum District can also be helpful here — keep your eyes peeled for discounted vouchers to use at your favorite jewelry stores. Or opt for affordable handmade creations or vintage pieces to match your wedding style.
4. Pamper Them!
Indulge your girls with something they rarely buy themselves: luxe bath and body products, a personalized robe, or a fun make-up set. Or give them an experience: A day at a local spa, a massage, or a manicure is enough to de-stress anyone! It is definitely possible to splurge on your girls without blowing your budget. Wait for a sale at Sephora or Philosophy, or be on the lookout for a deal on a personalized robe at a wedding shop. Daily deal sites can provide a great resource for discounted massage or spa gift certificates to treat your bridesmaids and stick to your budget!
5. Be Creative
Sometimes the best way to thank your girls is to give them something that is uniquely them and fits their personality and lifestyle. Shop around and think like a couponer for the best prices on these items. A designer clutch for your fashionista sister, for example, could become affordable by using an extra 30% off coupon at a nearby Coach outlet. Or you could score an inexpensive weekender bag and passport cover — the perfect gift for your jet setting friend — at a blowout sale at an online gift store.
No matter what your budget or wedding style, you can find the perfect way to say a big thank you to your bridesmaids– without breaking the bank!
Amy is the creator of Belles on a Budget — A how-to site for weddings on a budget. On the site, Amy combines her experience as an event planner for a non-profit with her love of weddings and scoring a fabulous deal to give brides tips, inspiration, and deals for having that dream wedding without spending their life savings.