Post # 1
I am the Maid/Matron of Honor for my best friend’s wedding. She is absolutely sweet, amazing person & I want her to have a wonderful experience and day
I have 2 questions:
1) Ideas for gifts/surprise from the the Bridesmaids as a group!???
2) Ideas for surprises/gifts from the Maid of Honor?
I want it to be special and unique can you guys please share anything you know, your experiences or things you heard of that I coordinate with the Bridesmaids or from myself that can be a surprise for her?
Post # 3
Is there something expensive on the registery that you could go together and get? For example, could you buy a stand mixer and then spring for some of the attachments?
What about making a “year of dates” for the couple that comes from all of you? That is a good way to have everyone participate and to accommodate various budgets very easily. The Dating Divas website has an absolute ton of ideas for this. You can use groupon and similar to supplement easily.
Can you offer to take care of something, like the food for everyone while they’re getting ready?
Are they going on a honeymoon? Can you call the destination and order a gift basket or similar? A nice bottle of champagne for them? Massages?
Does that give you something to start with? I can keep dreaming if you’d like 🙂
Post # 4
Pick something from the registry that won’t wear out. Like a serving piece from their china or flatware, or the mixer or luggage. I love the things in our home that I can pick up and remember “my brother got this for us when we got married.” I know the fryer my cousin got us won’t last forever (maybe, if we continue to use it once every 3 months), but I hope to always have the china my parents and grandparents got me. My mom knew how much I wanted my flutes and serving set and got it for my shower – so those have extra special memories attached to them. And my food processor that my Mother-In-Law gave us at our shower.
Maybe even ask her mother who her photographer is and see if she’s purchased a package with large pictures? A 16×20 or 20×24 framed for their living room would be a great gift that’s not in the budget of most newlyweds. The photographer would sell you a gift certificate for them to choose a picture after the wedding.
Post # 5
Is the couple doing a honeymoon? If not then perhaps a joint gift of a stay in a B&B for the weekend, get a place that allows them to choose the weekend themselves.
My cousin got her sister the flowers for the wedding as her gift which IMO was extremely generous and would definitely be a nice suprise and always remembered when viewing photos.
Was there something she mentioned she wanted but couldn’t afford to have? Could you ladies pitch in and suprise her with it? Even if you have to surprise her a week or two in advance so it doesn’t throw her plans off that’d be great.
Can you talk to her boss at work and arrange for her to leave early on X day without it affecting her vacation time and you take her out for a spa day? Depending where she works that might be possible.
Another gift normally given to new Mothers… How about a gift of some Freezer meals or a week of home made dinners that aren’t frozen that you and the other girls take turns bringing over? If she’s busy unpacking gifts/writting thank yous, etc it may be just the thing to bring a smile of relaxation and appreciation.
And the last could be to give her a GC for her favorite coffee chain. I’d include a note with this one and you could make it silly/sexy “To help with all the sleepless nights you can now have guilt free with your new husband” 😉
Post # 6
Oh – I thought of another thing that is super-cool: An oil painting of her bouquet! http://www.reenierose.com/
You can also pick a category, or theme from the registry, such as all of the china place settings or similar. Perhaps build on a theme and make a gift basket out of what’s on the registry. For example, amongst the group you could pick up a tablecloth, 2 place settings, wine glasses, a bottle of wine, plus some gourmet food ingredients?
Post # 7
i think treating her to a spa day would be awesome… i really wanted to go before my wedding, but was too broke to. It would have been a welcome surprise from the bridesmaids/MOH.
Post # 8
I really like the idea of the BMs going in on a large registry item together, or a spa day (if she’d like that sort of thing).
Post # 9
you could put together a basket of “things to do your first year” and fill it with movie tickets, dinner out, grocery store, local botique ect. that the couple could use as date nights their first year together!
Post # 10
I would probably love a massage more than anything else right now…
Also, I totally want a picnic basket with place settings and a spot more than any physical thing. We love food and outdoors, and I love love love picnics