Wedding Party members (female and male attendants) are typically given thank you gifts after the rehearsal dinner or during the wedding weekend.  It’s a great idea to thank your wedding party; they have purchased special attire, traveled to your shower and bachelor(ette) parties and been a supportive friend during your engagement.

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Here are some gift ideas to consider for the ladies:

1) Most commonly gifted items include jewelry, such as matching earrings and/or a necklace to wear on the wedding day (and after).  It’s a great option to consider if you have stylish friends and is one less thing they’ll need to purchase for the wedding day.  If you go this route, try looking for special items that your friends will want to wear again:

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female AttendantsStella & Dot Amity Drops, Rene Kauder for Stella & Dot $34.00

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female AttendantsAnthopologie Necklace, Caviar Cabochon Necklace $58.00

2) If you like the jewelry option but would rather gift something for after the wedding, you could do initial necklaces for each lady or individual charm bracelets.

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female AttendantsBloomingdales, Nadri Gold Initial Necklace $35.00

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female AttendantsAlex and Ani, Water Lily Charm Bangle $28.00

2) A nice robe would be a great gift and is practical; your ladies can wear them when you are all getting ready for the wedding.  Plus robes make for a really cute photo.  You could purchase the same robe for every lady, or opt for a really good quality robe in each lady’s favorite color.

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female AttendantsBloomingdales, Ralph Lauren Robe $75

3) A nice make-up bag is always appreciated and useful.  Fill it with wedding day necessities such as lip-gloss, mints, dental floss and a small bottle of perfume.  She’ll continue to use the gift for years after your wedding.

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female Attendants

Proud Mary, Navajo Clutch Cosmetic Bag $38.00

4) A pashmina or shawl is a great gift, especially if it’s expected to be cooler in the evening of your wedding.   She’ll wear it that night and for years to come.

the-dc-ladies-bride-guide-Wedding Party Gifts – Female Attendants

Dessy, Pashmina Shawls – Evening Shawls $28.00

5) If your attendants are local you could also gift an activity to do together after your wedding.  Ideas include: tickets to a sports game or concert, wine tasting trip, and/or a gift certificate to a day spa for manicure/pedicures.