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Besides loving many of the aspects of local stationary designer, Cheree Berry’s wedding, I love the little gift that Darcy from Martha Stewart Weddings gave her on her wedding day.  I have eyed that gift since the day I bought the recent issue of “Martha Stewart Weddings.”


(How can you not love her bouquet, too. More on that another time.)

I mostly love the idea of having handkerchiefs made for my bridemaids (cue to the girls, ignore this post) and have them embroidered with their monogram or something meaningful to them. I REALLY love the idea of finding a different vintage handkerchief for each of them, one that represents their personalities.


I haven’t thought too much about what I plan on getting them (okay, maybe I have, a little), but when I find little ideas like this, it really makes you thing beyond the whole “Here is a piece of jewelry for being in my wedding” gift. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because there isn’t. Most everyone that knows me, knows I am sentimental, so I want to make sure my gifts to my girls really mean something.

What would you get your bridesmaids? Have you found any fun ideas?


  1. I am thinking about giving handkerchiefs to our mothers on our wedding day…getting them embroidered with out monogram or theirs or both of our wedding dates…the embroidery is up in the air…

    For bridesmaids I am just not sure. Thinking necklace and clutch, but not so sure what else or if that is just a terrible idea…

    I will be curious what suggestions other people come up with.

  2. Ugh…I don’t know what I’m going to get them. They’re all so different. I have a handkerchief that my grandmother gave me before she died, so I will have that…maybe the girls should have something similar. I don’t know that some of them would appreciate it though….blah.

    PS: sorry for not ignoring this post. I will forget all about it now.

  3. landlockedbride
    9:12 am on August 14th, 2009

    @ Sarah: Never thought about giving them to our mothers, that’s a great idea! I love the idea of giving the girls a clutch, too (Etsy has some great ones).

    I think the most important thing is that you give the girl something you think they’ll appreciate and something that shows you appreciate their support and friendship. That is going to be different for everyone.

    @ Kate: You have plenty of time to decide and I’ll pretend like you never read this. Although, I have several ideas for the BMs, so what you’ll get in the end, the girls probably will not have any idea!

  4. Amanda
    2:15 pm on August 14th, 2009

    I agree on the jewelry part! I think its a great idea if you want to be traditional, however BM have come to expect jewelry.

    I like the idea for giving each girl a robe. I received a robe with my name on it as a BM gift and I love it! I use it everyday when I get ready. Its a very light weight robe with purple lettering. (Her color was purple). While she also gave us all matching jewelry, nail polish and hair accessories, the robe really stood out for me.

    And now I am forgetting all about this post.. wink wink

  5. Amanda
    2:34 pm on August 14th, 2009

    Another great use of a sentimental handkerchief is to wrap it around the stems of your bouquet. Instead of using a ribbon, I think its a great way to do something a little different.

  6. landlockedbride
    8:03 pm on August 14th, 2009

    Good thinking. Could be a great sentimental thing (and something old), if you used your grandma’s or something similar!

  7. Susan
    10:36 pm on August 16th, 2009

    My SIL gave us necklaces with our birthstones from the jeweler where they got their wedding rings which was really nice. My Bro gave personalized cufflinks. I like the idea of things they can have on their person for the wedding. Handkerchiefs sound great.