When Do You Give Bridesmaids Their Gifts

When Do You Give Bridesmaids Their Gifts? Solved

Last Updated on March 23, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

You’re pondering over the right moment to give your bridesmaids their presents, all because the wedding is drawing near.

Do you give them before the wedding? After the wedding? Or maybe even during the wedding? 

There are many different schools of thought on this, and it cannot be very clear trying to figure out the right thing to do. 

This blog post will explore when to give bridesmaids their gifts and help make things a little bit easier for you.

When To Give Bridesmaids Their Gifts?

bridesmaid gift

It is customary to give bridesmaids their gifts on the wedding day. However, some couples give gifts ahead of time, either at the rehearsal dinner or during a pre-wedding event. 

Giving the gifts ahead of time allows the bride and groom to personally thank each bridesmaid for her support and friendship. It also ensures that the bridesmaids can use and enjoy their gifts before the chaos of the wedding day. 

If you choose to give your bridesmaids their gifts ahead of time, be sure to present them in a special and memorable way. 

A simple card will suffice, but a heartfelt note or even a small gift basket will show your appreciation in a truly meaningful way. 

No matter when you give your bridesmaids their gifts, they are sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.

How Much Should You Spend On Bridesmaid Gifts?

The amount you spend on bridesmaid gifts should be based on your budget and the closeness of your relationship with the bridesmaids. 

For example, if you are on a tight budget, you may consider giving cheaper items like candles or picture frames. 

If you are close to your bridesmaids, you may want to spend more on a luxury item like jewelry or a spa package. 

Ultimately, giving a thoughtful and heartfelt gift is the most important thing. Whether expensive or not, your bridesmaids will appreciate a gift showing you care about them.

What Is The Tradition Behind Bridesmaids?

The tradition of bridesmaids dates back to ancient Rome when weddings were often large public affairs. The bride would be accompanied by a group of young maidens, which would help to protect her from evil spirits. 

In medieval Europe, bridesmaids also served as witnesses to the marriage ceremony [1]. Today, the role of bridesmaids has evolved, but they still play an important part in many weddings. 

The bridal party typically includes the bride’s close friends and family members, who offer support and assistance on her special day. 

In addition to helping with wedding preparations, bridesmaids often stand next to the bride during the ceremony and reception, symbolizing strength and unity. 

Whether you are a bride-to-be or simply a curious wedding spectator, understanding the tradition of bridesmaids can add an enriching layer to your experience of this time-honored rite of passage.

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Who Should Your Bridesmaids Be?

bride and the bridesmaid

First, think about who has been there for you during the wedding planning process. These friends have listened to you vent, given you advice, and helped you stay calm.

They are the ones who truly have your back, and they should be at your side on your big day. 

Second, take into account which you are closest to. These friends have been by your side through thick and thin and will happily support you on your wedding day. 

Third, consider who will make the day fun. You want your bridesmaids to be able to enjoy themselves and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

With all these things in mind, you should have no trouble picking the perfect bridesmaids for your big day.

Why Do Bridesmaids Get Gifts?

One of the most important duties of a bridesmaid is to support the bride during the wedding planning process.

From attending dress fittings to helping with DIY projects, the bridal party is always there to lend a helping hand. 

In return for their assistance, it has become a tradition for brides to give their bridesmaids a small gift of appreciation. While the gesture may seem simple, it has a long history. 

In ancient times, it was believed that evil spirits would envy the happiness of a newly married couple and do everything in their power to sabotage their marriage. 

Gifts were given to the bridesmaids to ward off these bad spirits and to thank them for their protection. While the threat of evil spirits has long passed, the tradition of giving gifts to bridesmaids lives on. 

Today, it is seen as a lovely way to thank your closest friends and family for all their help and support during such an important time in your life. But what should you put inside a bridesmaid gift bag?


How many bridesmaids should you have?

It depends on your wedding and how large or small it is. You might only want two bridesmaids for a more intimate wedding with few guests. But you might have eight or ten bridesmaids for a larger wedding with many guests.

How will I “propose” to my bridesmaids?

First, ask them all simultaneously – don’t make some of them wait longer than others. Second, make it special and personal for each of them. Third, give them plenty of time to say “yes” (or “no”). 

And finally, be prepared for some tears of happiness.

Check out these easy tips to ask your bridesmaids to pay for their dresses here.

Who’s supposed to pay for the bridesmaids’ dresses?

Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the bridesmaids’ dresses. However, if the bridesmaids are paying for their dresses, it’s up to them who pays for them. 

Some couples may split the cost evenly, while others may have one party (usually the bride’s) pay for all of the dresses.

Do bridesmaids pay for hair and makeup?

It depends on the bride and her wedding party. Sometimes the bride will pay for everyone’s hair and makeup, sometimes, the bridesmaids will split the cost, and sometimes each bridesmaid pays for her own.

Key Takeaways

As you can see, there is no universal answer to when to give your bridesmaids their gifts. 

It ultimately depends on various factors, such as your personal preference, budget, and relationship with your bridesmaids. 

Whatever you decide, make sure your bridesmaids feel appreciated and valued for all their hard work leading up to your big day.


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