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10/4/2013 10:01:00 AM
Kat's Wedding Journey: Bridal party gifts
An accessory tote might make a good gift for female and male members of the bridal party. Submitted photo
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An accessory tote might make a good gift for female and male members of the bridal party. Submitted photo
Kat McCullough

Our wedding party peeps are the most important and amazing people we know. I’m pretty sure without their support I would have grabbed Mike and run off to the courthouse by now. They’ve given their time to attend our wedding and stag party festivities, money to buy dresses and rent tuxedos and always offered advice and support.
Now it’s our turn to do something nice for them with wedding party gifts.
After the cost of the dress, shower, bachelorette party and travel the average bridesmaid spends nearly $600 to be in a wedding, and wedding experts agree that no matter what, you HAVE to get your wedding party a gift. If you’re trying to save money, cut corners elsewhere.
Of course, they’re not expecting a diamond tennis bracelet or trip to Aruba. Something thoughtful that you know they’ll enjoy, like a personalized tote or clutch or jewelry they can wear for the big day are perfect gifts.
The dopp kits offered by Fritz and Fräulein, created by former La Salle resident Stacy Hauger, are great gifts for groomsmen. Hauger transforms reclaimed military blankets into toiletry bags, which are lined in water-resistant fabric. Fun fact for the guys, these bags were given to all players at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game after being chosen by Adidas Originals. So basically, they’ll have the same dopp kit as Joakim Noah.
The Knot (my guru these days) advises that you don’t need to get every bridesmaid the same gift. The maid of honor should receive the most lavish gift since she’s the one doing the most work.
They also advise the take the “would I want it” test. If you wouldn’t, it’s unlikely your maids will.

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