Choosing your Bridesmaid Gifts

Your bridesmaids are an important part of your wedding. They’re your people, the closest of the close, the inner circle, the BFF squad. Not only do they stand with you on one of the most important days of your life, but they also invest a great deal of time, money and effort into making sure your day is the best day that it can be. 

Getting them a gift is non-negotiable. Budget this in at the beginning. It’s important, and shouldn’t be an afterthought. When it comes to picking out gifts for them, there are two ways to go about it. The first, is that each girl gets the same gift. Jewelry and/or handbags are quite common. 

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This is a great idea for a group that is super close. Having something that is the same (with minor variances) will make them feel forever part of the tribe. If this sounds like your “I do” crew, consider splurging for something a little more personal and a lot more permanent. Your sisters are forever, right? They are the anchors that keep you grounded. Together you have unbreakable hearts. (Or something like that.)

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The second school of thought is to shop for each one like it’s their birthday. This allows you to be sentimental and choose something personal and appropriate for each girl. 

Whatever you choose, don’t cheap out. You don’t have to spend as much as they did on their dresses, but make sure that you put thought and effort into their gifts. And don’t forget the card. A personal note to each girl acknowledging what they mean to you individually is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Write brilliant prose and make those girls cry big ugly tears!

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The Perfect Gift for your Bridal BFFs

Your day wouldn’t be complete without your best friends. These girls are your squad. They have seen you at your worst (and likely have the video to prove it) and have got your back through thick and thin. The group of you are goals for all others.

A standard gift for them just simply won’t do. Get creative, get personal, and show them what they mean to you.

Like a personalized keepsake.


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Or turn their essence into shared art. (Lip prints for everyone!)


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More art that’s probably closer to the truth of your life adventures.


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The art of them.


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Homemade personalized lockets.


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The Story of You Wedding Gift Ideas

An optional tradition for the bride and groom is to exchange gifts with each other. Whether you do it the night before the wedding, the morning of, or when the nuptial shenanigans are all over, it’s up to you.  It could be something to wear for the wedding itself, it could be something for the honeymoon, or just a small token from the heart. It doesn’t have to be a budget-breaking gift. Here are a few adorable ideas that tell the story of you from the heart.

A permanent love note that won’t fall apart.


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Start writing in a journal ahead of time noting all the awesome ways in which your betrothed makes you feel loved.


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Take the journal a step further with photos and turn it into a book.


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Or for those old-school retro fans, turn your adventure of love into a viewfinder slide.


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4 Unique Gifts For Your Groom

Getting the perfect gift for your groom to commemorate your wedding can take a lot of planning in the hopes of finding the perfect token. If you are looking for something a little different, a little sentimental and super adorable, we’ve got you covered! Check out these four unique groom’s gifts below!

‘Cold Feet’ Socks

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Photo courtesy of Keep

Give your groom a special little gift for his walk down the aisle. With the words, “In case you get cold feet!” written across them, this is a present that is sure to make your groom chuckle (and maybe even ease some nerves) before the ceremony.

Embroidered Handkerchief 

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Photo courtesy of CanyonEmbroidery/Etsy

For the more sentimental couples, surprise your fiance on the day of your wedding with a personalized handkerchief. You can include any message you want, or keep it simple with your initials and the wedding date. It’ll be a nice token for him to have in his pocket while he waits for the ceremony to begin.

Personalized Cufflinks

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Photo courtesy of Getting Personal

Another nice little gift for the groom that he can wear during the wedding is a pair of personalized cufflinks. The ones pictured above are engraved with the date, but you can also personalize these with your initials, the date you first met, or the name of a city that holds special meaning to you.

“10 Things” Notes

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Put together a list of 10 reasons why you love your husband-to-be, and put them in a box for him to read on the morning of the wedding. These can be a mix of funny and sentimental, and will remind him of the reasons why you are perfect for each other.


– Rosemina Nazarali

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3 Gift Ideas for Your Future Daughter-in-Law

Receiving gifts from your future in-laws is always a beautiful thing. These often mean more than a simple “congratulations!” The significance of such gifts lies in the welcoming of the bride or groom into her or his new family. The act of giving a priceless gift to a new son- or daughter-in-law is a physical representation of two family trees coming together and a new branch growing on its own. For those parents in such a position, here are some ideas to get you started.

Family Heirlooms

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Photo courtesy of primitivepincushion/Etsy

Heirlooms, such as a strand of pearls or antique ring, that have been passed down from generation to generation are a great way to celebrate the continuation of your beautiful family. Beyond monetary value, heirloom jewels are a way to go back in time, feeling the weight of history and all the hands that they’ve passed through. They’re also a way of stretching into the future. A perfect welcoming gift to forge a new link in the chain!

New Traditions

Don’t have any family heirlooms to pass down? No worries! It’s never too late to start a new family tradition. You can choose to stick with classic pieces, either antiques or newly made. You can also choose pieces that are a little more modern. Keep in mind, however, that trendy jewelry usually doesn’t have the staying power of the more timeless pieces. There are always exceptions, though! Picking something a little more modern, as long as it’s well made and uses good quality materials, should help you steer clear of pitfalls.

Engraved Jewelry

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Photo courtesy of Calla Gold Jewelry

Custom engraved jewelry is another great way to celebrate a new family member. From signet rings with their new initials inscribed on the surface to bracelets with new family names scrawled down the length, new son- and daughters-in-law are sure to appreciate the feeling of welcome from their prospective new parents.


– Samantha Muraca

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Gift Ideas for Your Wedding Party

Are you stumped on what to gift your wedding party? We know the task of finding the perfect thank you gift can be a daunting one, but fear not! The Bridal Guide brings you a few outstanding suggestions for wedding party gifts. Your wedding party will love a personalized gift that reminiscent of your wedding day and is useful to them.

The Bridesmaids

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Photo courtesy of Spa Finder

1. A knotted piece of jewelry to thank the women for helping you “tie the knot”. Ha-ha! Women can always use more jewelry, and a ring or bracelet is wearable with almost any look as a cute reminder of your wedding.

2. Something special to sip on. If your bridesmaids love a good glass of wine, you could satisfy their thirsty side by going to a winery and blending your own wine creation with your new husband/wife. You can design your own label to boot! It’s a personal gift that’s sure to go to good use.

3. A cliché spa day. We know that a spa day of spa gift certificate may not be unique, but think of how enjoyable and relaxing it would be to escape to your favourite spa for the day. If it’s possible, your bridesmaids could make the trip together and have even more fun.


The Groomsmen

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Photo courtesy of The Die Line

1. Personalized running shoes in your wedding colours. Nike ID has a service that lets customers design colours and add initials to a range of their running shoes. An athletic friend will appreciate the practicality of the gift.

2. Engraved Zippos, flasks, or tie clips. If your groomsmen appreciate the finer things in life, gift them one of these useful items. Consider engraving your wedding date subtlety on the back and their initials on the front.

3. A day trip. After all is said and done with the wedding and honeymoon, the groomsmen could reunite with a gifted day trip. We’re thinking a visit to one of Toronto’s breweries; tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, of Blue Jays game; a big name concert; etc.


Getting good gifts for your wedding party should be important to you. It’s a great way to say thank you for all of the time, effort, and money they put into your wedding. Remember it’s all about effort, and sometimes it’s hard to please everyone. Whether you hit it out of the park with your wedding party gifts or not, know that they were happy to be a part of your big day.


Lauren Chan is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.

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The Importance of Gift Registries

The Importance of gift registries -The Bridal Guide

Brides everywhere are looking for ways to make their wedding a smooth process.  They implement processes that make wedding planning just a little easier.  Receiving gifts from guests is a process that needs organization. Initially, a bride does not think that getting presents is something that needs planning but the transportation of gifts from the venue to your home and the process of writing many thank you cards for specific items takes some organization. It must also be considered that there will be some returns or exchanges for a few gifts, especially if there are doubles. How can a bride make this long process a little easier? Especially with a possible honeymoon a day or two after the wedding!

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