Choosing Budget Bridesmaid Gifts

Bridesmaid gifts are a time honored tradition that allow the bride to say thank you for supporting them on their important day. Most brides put a lot of time and thought into choosing their bridal party, usually picking those with whom they share a special bond or close connection. Because of this unique relationship, many brides choose to give their bridesmaids a special gift that both expresses their appreciation and commemorates the special day.

These bridesmaid gifts are now a major item for bridal retailers. Consequently, you can find gifts that range in price from just a few dollars to thousands. You can purchase the same gift for each bridesmaid or choose individual gifts for each person. Of course, if you choose to give individual gifts, try to make sure they all fall in the same price range. Fortunately, if you’re trying to find gifts on a budget that have a special meaning, there are plenty to choose from.

You might consider offering a fun day out with the girls. You could go to the salon or spa for a relaxing day to escape from all the stress of planning the wedding. In this case, you could pay for manicures or pedicures for everyone, which would help your maids feel special on your exciting day. You might also consider paying to get everyone’s hair done the day of the event, as everyone will want to look great for the photos. If this is too pricey, consider hosting your own spa day at home where you can take turns doing each other’s hair and makeup.

If you prefer a more personalized gift, you might consider a keepsake to remind each girl of your bond on this important day. You could get everyone a set of earrings or a necklace to wear, either in matching sets or in different styles to match each bridesmaid’s personal taste. Jewelry isn’t that expensive, and you might even be able to have it engraved for a small fee. When your bridesmaids wear the jewelry later on, they’ll be reminded of your wedding and the special bond you share.

You could also buy gifts that can be personalized for each bridesmaid. Consider an engraved makeup case or wine glasses. Your guests could even use the glasses during your reception for a special touch. If you like to put gift baskets together, you might choose to create a bath set with a metal tin engraved with each person’s name. This way you could fill each set with the individual products each person likes. Best of all, you can find many great items to fill the baskets at your local dollar store or discount retailer.

There are many gifts you can offer your special friends in thanks for their help on your wedding day. Perhaps one of the most special gift ideas would be to simply offer your time. Everyone loves to spend time with her friends, so why not schedule a special outing to share with each maid individually. This could be a tradition you have always had, or a new one that you can enjoy during special times for years to come.

Keep in mind, with most friends, it will not matter what the object is or how much it costs. Most women will simply be happy to be included and to have the special relationship you share recognized. Don’t worry about the cost of an item; just enjoy the memories that will be made and shared throughout your wedding.

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Filed under: Favors,Gifts — vicky at 10:19 am on Saturday, November 22, 2008

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake

Every woman has dreams of what her wedding day will be like – she can picture the dress, the chapel, and even the cake. Most can even envision the bride and groom dancing on top of the cake in the traditional white gown and tuxedo. With any wedding reception, the cake is always the focal point. You could have ice sculptures, crystal punch bowls, and a famous rock band – the guests will still “ooh” and “ahh” over the cake.

However, not every woman can afford to spend thousands on the cake alone. This can seem like a devastating issue to a nervous bride, but there are solutions when you’re planning a wedding on a budget – you don’t always have to sacrifice glamour for price. There are many ways to get that “oh so perfect cake” without breaking the bank. As long as the cake is beautiful and everyone gets a piece, who cares how much it cost?

When considering the size of the cake, you can consult a local bakery to see what size yields the most pieces. You may find that purchasing a sheet cake, instead of a traditional tiered cake, will feed all your guests for much less money. Make sure whichever style you choose has enough pieces for every guest, plus a few extras – there’s always the inevitable piece that hits the floor and needs to be replaced. In addition, make sure you have someone on-hand who knows how to cut the cake as well, as a cake’s yield is determined by the way it’s cut. If you plan just right, you can save yourself money by not buying more cake than you need.

The ingredients that make up the cake will also add to the cost. In most cases, the frosting and decorations chosen for the cake will be your largest fee. After all, flour is always flour, right? In most cases, you can choose a butter cream frosting to save on cost. Your other options would be fondant or marzipan, but most people agree that butter cream has a better taste. The other thing to consider is whether to have the cake include a filling or not. While a filling can be a tasty addition to any cake, it can cost significantly more, depending on your choice.

After you’ve chosen all the tasty aspects of the cake, it will be time to decide on decorations. Very few brides realize how quickly these expenses add up, or how much of the total cake cost can be attributed to decorations alone. Some cake boutiques or bakeries hire professional decorators to come in and create signature styles, which can include real jewels and even gold dust. When it comes to choosing these styles, the cake design can often cost more than your dress!

However, there are simpler ways to make a very elegant cake. You might consider using edible flowers or ones that aren’t harmful for decoration. You could even choose flowers that will match your wedding bouquets. Another great idea is to choose imitation crystal pieces to decorate the cake. You can typically find these items at bridal and wedding supply shops. You could even consider having a family member or friend design the cake to save a little cash. In this case, be sure to ask for examples of what they can do before accepting their services.

There are many ways to save on the costs of a wedding cake, so budget brides need not fear. Besides, in the end it is the event – not the frills and details – that matters most.

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Filed under: Cakes — vicky at 10:18 am on Saturday, November 22, 2008