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One of the most fun parts of the planning process is selecting a small token of gratitude to give to each lovely lady in your bridal party, to say "Thanks!" To my bridal party: thanks for sticking by me in spite of the fact that I made you wake up ridiculously early to get your hair and makeup done. Thank you for dealing with my constant mood swings as I debated whether or not to splurge on those blue Manolo Blahniks. But most importantly, thank you for standing by my side as I vow to love and honor my best friend for the rest of my life. Not sure how to express your appreciation? Check out my favorite gift ideas below!
Mani-Pedis on Me: Treat your ladies pre- or post-wedding to some relaxing beauty treatments. It could cost as little as $30 per person (depending on where you live) and the best part is that it gives you more bonding time with some of your favorite women in the world.
Weekend Getaway: Whoever said the bachelorette party is supposed to be your last hurrah with your gal pals? Return the favor and splurge on a mini-vacation! Check out websites like jetsetter.com for amazing deals on stunning resorts located all around the world. Current sales include a trip to California wine country (at $215 a night) and a stay at the swanky Hotel Victor, located on Ocean Drive in Miami (with room rates starting at $225).
Accessories They'll Love: Your friends bought their bridesmaid dresses without complaining, so make their lives a little easier (and more affordable) by purchasing cute accessories they can wear when you say your “I do’s!”
Emma Gordon London Bridal Party Clutches ($69, etsy.com)
Kate Spade Double Box Hinged Bangle ($78, katespade.com)
Forever 21 Bejeweled Teardrop Earrings ($5.80, forever21.com)
BP. Platinum 'Medina' Sandal ($70, nordstrom.com)
BP. ‘Sonja’ Pump ($60, nordstrom.com)
A Timeless Keepsake: Who doesn't love Tiffany & Co.? Their sterling silver jewelry is so classic, your loved ones can wear the piece over and over again—and it'll (hopefully) last for a lifetime.
Tiffany & Co. Butterfly Pendant ($165, tiffany.com)
Paloma’s Dove Bracelet ($150, tiffany.com)
Tiffany & Co. Bow Earrings ($150, tiffany.com)
Tell us: What do you plan on gifting your bridal party?
Crista Camerlengo is a real bride and the co-founder of Style She Wrote, who will tie the knot in July 2012 with Michael, her fiancé of six years. This chic NYC couple describes their wedding style as “modern romance"—fitting for a pair who had their first date at a quaint seaport and became engaged in the same spot, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. This fashion-forward blogger loves to infuse her traditional taste with unexpected contemporary accents.