We all know being a bride is an expensive business but often the last-minute essentials – gifts for the wedding party – are forgotten in the whirlwind of organisation. Now I went to a wedding the other week where there were 10 bridesmaids. It’s actually very common for brides, particularly those in their 20s, to have five or more maids to buy for. And that can get expensive.
But you don’t have to spend a fortune, just put a little thought into it. All of the above are available to buy online AND they start at just £4. So a bridesmaid party of 10 would only set you back £40. What’s more, it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It’s neutral colours and shabby chic but would work with pretty much any colour scheme, particularly with a vintage edge. The heart-shape brings in the wedding theme and bridesmaids can keep their jewellery in there after the big day. Buy online now: livelaughlove.co.uk
No, it’s not a real cupcake – that would be boring – the image middle top is hand-crafted bath-bomb style cupcakes (£12.99) from the internet’s best-kept beauty secret, milk_shake. Unusual, great value AND they give you glowing skin. Perfect for the post-wedding recovery period. Available in Sensual Floral, Sweet Fresh and Fruity Breeze. Buy online now: milkshakehaircare.co.uk
Written by Bespoke Verse Founder, Joanna Miller, this unique product is available framed or unframed with the option of adding a personal message beneath the poem. Guaranteed to make the recipient say “Aw!” Buy online now: bespokeverse.co.uk
I know bridesmaids my age would love this. Share more than just music, also photos, films and memories, with this perfect gift in a classic retro style that can be used as a magnet/keyring. Please note the company is based in Australia but they do deliver worldwide – and leave some time to fill them up, too! Price £18+ (depends on exchange rate). Buy online now: etsy.com
Who says soaps have to be dull? This large beautiful silver metal pomander in the shape of a heart contains four hearts of solid perfume to hang in a room, bathroom or wardrobe with a velvet ribbon. Created and designed by Elin Pajot in France and made from ancient recipes with essential oils and natural products, the soaps are pretty luxe too. Just £34. Buy online now (availability is limited): nataliawillmott.co.uk
Even the most expensive is just £34.99, perfect if you are keeping your bridesmaids to sisters/best friends only. And who wouldn’t appreciate a nice gin & tonic after a hard day of bridesmaids’ duties? The bottle is personalised over three lines in total, so you could also order for the mother of the bride, matron of honour, and so on. Buy online now: gettingpersonal.co.uk