When to Present Your Bridesmaid Gifts

As the bride, you have a long list of things to do including buy your dress, pay deposits to the caterer, meet with the photographer, and buy bridesmaid gifts, just to name a few. But, after you have completed these tasks, you realize that you never considered when and where you will present your bridesmaids with their gifts. The challenge is to find a specific time when your bridesmaids will be in one location at the same time. Before you panic, as all brides do, the following is a list of suggestions to help you decide on the best time to present your bridesmaid gifts.

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

By and far the most popular time to hand out bridesmaid gifts is at the bridesmaids’ luncheon. This luncheon may take place at any time preceding the wedding, but it is traditionally a couple of days or weeks before the wedding. Today, many brides have bridal parties that are spread out in many different places across the globe; therefore, the day before the wedding may be the most appropriate time to host it. For other brides who prefer to have a less eventful wedding weekend and most of the bridesmaids are local then they may choose to have a bridesmaid luncheon earlier in the week or a month preceding the wedding. This luncheon is in honor of the bridesmaids and it is the perfect time to honor them with their bridesmaid gifts.

During the Reception

Some brides have taken to giving their bridesmaids their bridesmaid gifts during the wedding reception. This is sort of odd timing, but it seems to work for some brides. Keep in mind that the reception is center stage for the bride and groom; therefore, it is best not to present the bridesmaids with their gifts publicly. Discreetly setting each gift at the bridesmaid’s place setting would probably be the best alternative.

After the Wedding

Another great time to present the bridesmaid gifts is after the wedding. The reason this is a good time to give out the gifts is because you will have some alone time with each bridesmaid and can even take more time to focus on what to buy. The wedding planning time is so busy and stressful that many brides just don’t have time to focus on what to buy their bridesmaids. Giving your bridesmaid gifts after the wedding has its benefits and is becoming more popular.

As a bride, you may choose to give your bridesmaid gifts at any time as long as it is within reason.