We scoured the internet to share the 5 most unique gifts for Bridesmaids in 2017 that we've come across. Yes, you can stop hunting now!
As a woman who has or who is about to walk down the aisle, you know best the importance of your bridesmaids. Your bridesmaids are with you all the way; sharing your excitement and helping you through the planning stage of the wedding. They are with you during the fitting of your gown, and they help with the choice of flowers and décor and finally, they walk you through the actual big day and cry and celebrate with you. These ladies are the unsung heroes of any wedding process.
It only makes sense to thank these ladies for taking their time, despite their busy schedules, to attend to your wedding needs. With a variety of items that could be gifts, it may be challenging to discern which gift fits who. You do not have to worry anymore though, as we have compiled a list of suggestions that will help you appreciate your beautiful, thoughtful friends. With these gifts, your bridesmaids will remember you and your special day for a long time to come. The best part is, these gifts can act as a simple thank you or as unique gifts to your maid of honor and bridesmaids.
Personalized Bridesmaids Gifts - Tote Bag
Tote bags are known for their versatility and functionality. These handheld bags are easy to handle and can reflect a person’s style. Women love tote bags, so why not choose some from our large variety and make their day? These bags are some of the unique bridal party gifts that you can offer to your bridesmaids, and they will always remember you for it. They will love the tote bags, even more, when it comes as a gift from their friend who just had a wedding.
These bags will come in handy, especially for your big day when the bridesmaids need to carry their essentials from one place to another. Our tote bags are well designed, beautiful and can be customized to suit the needs and preferences of your bridesmaids and the maid of honor. They can be personalized in various ways, for instance, with a monogram, an initial or name, making them the perfect, unique gift for bridesmaids. Because of their functionality, your bridesmaids will get to use the tote bags long after the wedding.
Cosmetic and Jewelry Bags
Cosmetic and jewelry bags are handy items for your bridesmaids. They are used to hold cosmetics and jewelry and sometimes, even small accessories such as earphones. The bags are designed in a way that they will keep the contents safe and stable. With these cosmetic bags, your bridesmaids will not have to wonder where they left their eye pencil or mascara. These bags are among the unique bridal party gifts that your girls will always remember you for.
Our cosmetic bags are beautiful, unique and will suit your bridal line-up. The ladies will be fussing over these bags as they come in various designs and can be custom-made so that each of the ladies in the team gets exactly what they want or expect. You even have the option of making the maid of honor’s bag stand out from the rest. You can do this, for instance, by letting us embroider the bag with words such as “maid of honor” and “bridesmaid” on the side as can be seen in the pictures. This helps us produce gifts that both you and your bridal party will love.
Wedding Day Satin Robes for Bridesmaids
Satin robes are yet another of the unique gifts for bridesmaids. Just imagine how good it would feel to curl up on your sofa or even bed in a satin robe. Imagine the glamorous and elegant look of a satin robe on you. You can gift your bridesmaids with our satin robes, and they will thank you for it. If you are doing a search for some of the unique bridal gifts you can offer to your bridesmaids; then your search is over.
Our satin robes are beautifully made in an array of beautiful colors and are suitable for not only your bridesmaids but for you as well. You can rest assured knowing that the robes are crafted from 100% poly satin. You also have the option customizing by having the gowns embroidered to your specifications, be it a particular block initial, name or monogram. The gowns also come in different sizes, so you will not miss something that suits every one of your bridesmaids.
Clothing Gifts for Bridesmaids
Owning a luxurious plush robe is an idea most women would cherish, so why not gift your girls with them? This is a gift that your girls will always cherish long after your wedding is over. Every time they wear the robe on a chilly morning or evening, the memories will flood back to the day you presented the gift to them and the wedding itself.
Our plush robes are made in a way that your bridesmaids will love. The velvet material and shawl collar make it the ideal robe for relaxing. Our robe is also made with two pockets and a tie closure that makes it comfortable for you and your bridesmaids. The robe can be personalized according to your specifications. This means that we can embroider an initial or a name for you according to the thread colors you want. There is also a wide variety of colors to choose from, so there is something for everybody.
Food and Bar Gifts
Now call us crazy, but food baskets go a long way...and are something they wouldn't expect. There is a wide array of food and bar gifts that you can present to your bridesmaids to say thank you. Food and bar gifts show appreciation and make the person who is receiving it know that they are important to you. Some of our favorite ideas include the chocolate and coffee basket pictured above. Other ideas include treats for her whole family or to last her through the week, like fresh fruit. You sending food and bar gifts to your bridesmaid makes them know that you appreciated and valued their time and effort. This can be done after the wedding and thank you notes can be sent alongside gift baskets. The gift baskets include chocolate and sweet gift baskets (most women love chocolate), wine gift baskets, bar ware gifts and fruit basket gifts.
Well, these are some of the top ideas that we think will help you appreciate your girlfriends for their time and effort towards your big day. Feel free to tell us in the comment section which is your favorite and if you have any other ideas, or how it went with any of the gifts we recommended. We would love to hear from you. You can sign up with us to learn more about gifts for different occasions.
You're too busy to hunt for Cheap Groomsmen Gifts, so we did it for you. Cheap doesn't have to mean worthless. There are tons of cool toys that buds would actually want. Here are 111 gifts for grooms to consider.
There are a couple of main themes to think about: Do your groomsmen drink (aggressively?). Are they more the handy type? Or are they dads (and need a cooler for their car)? We've looked high and low for everything under the sun. Some of these are obvious (money clips), some aren't (personalized decanter). I'm sure you'll find one they'll appreciate (and actually use).
Couples in 2017 are making different decisions, reveals a survey of 1,500 Brides in the Wedding Favors Unlimited 2017 Wedding Trends Survey
In its 5th year, the survey reveals Grooms are making more wedding decisions, Brides choosing more personalized décor options and a stronger reliance on Wedding Planners.
BOCA RATON, FL —(MARCH 27, 2017) – Today, David Annie, Senior Vice President of Wedding Insights at Wedding Favors Unlimited – the leading Wedding Favors Company in the World – announced results from its 2017 Wedding Trends Survey, the definitive analysis of wedding traditions and attitudes. Since 2012, Wedding Favors Unlimited has conducted this comprehensive survey which provides trends and key insights in shifts in established and emerging trends of weddings in America. This study includes national and local statistics including how brides spend to decorate their wedding, how couples plan their weddings and the traditions they choose for their big day.
“Wedding Favors Unlimited is proud to present the 2017 Wedding Planning Survey. Our survey this year showed significant changes in what decisions couples make and how they plan. Brides are reporting that Men play a much larger role in wedding décor decisions, with 47% participating in key design decisions, up from 29% the year before. Technology is a critical part of managing guests, with over 25% forgoing traditional paper invitations. Wedding Planners are increasingly helping Brides execute their plan, reaching a new high.” David said. “Bridal décor has never been more relevant in personalizing a wedding day and WeddingFavorsUnlimited continues to be a significant source for Wedding Favors and Décor.”
Grooms Playing a Bigger Role - Results of the 2017 WeddingFavorsUnlimited Wedding Survey show a significant increase in male involvement across all aspects of wedding planning. Males are no longer relegated to just planning the honeymoon. Brides said 47% of men played a strong, or very strong role in wedding décor decisions, nearly doubling from the year prior, the highest rate ever surveyed. Men especially are playing increasing roles in selecting cakes or desserts (55%) and picking colors (45%). Men continue to dominate traditional roles such as managing technology (89%), the music (75%) and logistics (72%)
Technology is a key part of most weddings - 89% of weddings had some form of online presence for their weekend. During the wedding, 77% of Brides reporting using either Facebook or Instagram as a means for guests to sharing pictures. Technology has also started to play a key role in planning with 89% of guests using an online service or tool to plan their wedding for seating layouts, guest list management décor and budgeting.
Brides are more practical with wedding décor - The average couple spent $5,578 on non-food décor. The average budget for flowers has decreased 9% from 2016 to $2,541. Women are doing away with extravagant details in favor of more personal symbols such as practical wedding favors (68%), non-traditional desserts besides cakes (48%) and signature cocktails (34%). Certain items have trended lowers for six years in a row, including bouquet/garter tosses (15% of brides), handwritten place cards (15%) or guest books (38%).
Men Playing a Role in Weddings
91% of Brides said the Groom played a significant role in planning a wedding. This has remained steady for the past three years
Men are most involved in food decisions, music and technology, with over 75% involved in those categories. Fewer than 20% of men are involved in flower selection or invitations
90% of women said men take the lead or sole role in technology, alcohol, transportation planning.
The percent of men involved in food decisions has skyrocketed in the past four years, increasing from 51% in 2013 to 89%.
Weddings & Technology
The top three ways couples used technology were a website (82%), an electronic invitation (26%) and a Facebook event page (18%)
11% of brides sent no paper invitations, nearly doubling from the prior year as brides take to the internet to more quickly to easily disseminate information
Couple are engaging with their guests more often, over 72% of Brides said they mass-emailed their guests at least once before the wedding to prepare their guests. 58% emailed their guests more than once
68% of Brides use Facebook to share pictures either privately or publicly with friends and family
The Internet has become a critical way for evaluating vendors. 85% of Brides used Yelp or Google to evaluate vendors and read reviews.
Hashtags have increased in use, but only 48% of Brides said they planned on using a hashtag for their wedding in the new year.
Wedding details are a critical component of wedding planning, but have shifted into new areas. Fewer women are focused on wedding reception flowers (78% down from 85%), flower centerpieces (65% down from 83%) and table linens/place settings (35% down from 50% the year before).
Brides have instead shifted their interest to other areas. 35% of Brides plan on buying their bridal party a small gift, up from 19% the year prior.
Women are also strongly considering wedding cake alternatives. In 2012, only 10% of women chose something other than a cake for dessert. In 2017, 31% of brides are planning an alternative for of cake, whether it be cupcakes (12%), pies (5%) or a unique signature dessert (15%). Cakes tended to be regionally focused, with large cities preferring alternatives to cakes (38%) vs suburban areas (15%).
Wedding Favors continue to evolve as well. While over half of women are considering Wedding Favors in 2017, they have evolved from traditional candies and candles to more practical gifts such as bottle openers/kitchenware (35%), edible favors (32%) and personalized glassware (22%)
Other details remain popular for wedding decor, with 68% considering unique cake wedding toppers, 31% using customized or unique table signs/numbers, 30% using unity candles, 29% buying unique candles for tables
Planning for a wedding is full of tough decisions and over the years, Brides have relied on their mothers and girlfriends for the bulk of planning. Over 68% of Brides say their mothers are heavily involved and 54% say their girlfriends play a significant role in planning for the details of the wedding.
But Wedding Planners are on the rise. Over 54% of women considered using a wedding planner of some sort, and 34% ended up hiring a wedding planner.
When Brides used a Wedding Planner, they considered a Wedding Planner one of the best values for their wedding weekend, ranking third after music and their wedding dress.
Of Brides that did not use a wedding planner, it was the number one decision Brides regretted: 67% wished in retrospect that they had a wedding planner to make their day easier.
Wedding Planners were most important for bigger weddings. For weddings under 50 people, only 9% of Brides used a wedding planner. For weddings larger than 150, 58% used a Wedding Planner.
Wedding Planners play all sorts of roles. When Brides used Wedding Planners, they hired them as full-service planning agencies 28% of the time. (Full-service meant: vendor selection, décor selection and day-of services) Brides used Wedding planners for ‘day-of’ services 62% of the time.
89% of Brides gave their Wedding Planners a gift or a tip.
Brides shared with us their issues with wedding planning. Their top three pain points during wedding planning were: Parental Interference (83%), Vendor Negotiations (68%) and Food Selection (66%)
The average Bride visited 8.3 venues during the venue selection process.
Some traditions appear to be out for good, for the fourth year in a row, the majority of Brides planning to marry in 2017 were not having their ceremony in a religious setting (only 35%), doing a garter toss (22%) or having a wedding car (19%)
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Methodology - 2017 Wedding Trends Survey
For the 2017 Wedding Trends Survey, respondents were women ages 18+, either married in 2016 or to be married in 2017. Brides were asked a subset of 128 questions about the event and their planning process. The sample included women who have visited WeddingFavorsUnlimited.com or the WeddingFavorsUnlimited Facebook page, representing more engaged and married women than any other wedding favors site in the world. Respondents were surveyed between December 1, and February 15, 2016. All qualified respondents attested that they were 18 or older. Survey respondents represent a variety of ethnicities and educational and income levels, and are geographically dispersed across the country.
About Wedding Favors Unlimited
Wedding Favors Unlimited is the nation’s leading wedding favor and wedding supply store for couples, wedding decorators and wedding planners searching for affordable wedding supplies online. The Florida based team searches worldwide for high-quality favors at low prices and pairs it with award-winning customer service to help tens of thousands of Brides decorate their wedding. The trusted brand reaches over 1 million couples a year through its wedding website: www.weddingfavorsunlimited.com.