My bridesmaids all have very unique personalities & styles, and they’ve got pretty much every inch of the fashion spectrum covered – from conservative teacher, to college party animal, to “how many guys can I pick up in this dress?” skankapotamus. (love you BHibs)
Knowing this (and because I hate matchy-matchy), I told my girls to accessorize however they wanted – in their own style.
Great plan, except I totally burned the “easy-out” bridesmaid gift : jewelry. So I did some thinking…
‘What would each of them love? They’re all so freaking different. I could get them each something different, but ugh that’s a lot of shopping… and what if somebody likes somebody else’s gift more than their own? And then it’s like a swap-meet in the bridal suite and I feel like such a fool for not knowing what my 5 best friends would like???? And then so-and-so would be all ‘well Sarah likes so-and-so more than me’ and I’ll spend the next 10 years recon’ing with bday and xmas presents proving my friend-worth…’
(it’s exhausting inside my head, btw)
I wanted something pracitcal, but something they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. (isn’t that the goal of most gifts?)
As I was brainstorming, I looked down at my jank nails and reminded myself to make an appointment for a wedding manicure.
‘Oh, wouldn’t it be fun to all go sit and get our nails done like a real girls’ day out – and we could gossip, and laugh, and all catch up…
Ding ding ding!
We spent the afternoon being pampered (30 minute massage, mani, pedi) at Marengo Spa inside The Arcade (the wedding venue), cashing 4 bottles of champagne, girl-talking, and disrupting the “relaxing” atmosphere they had going on in there.
In other words, it was exactly what I wanted.
Oh and in case you’re wondering, I chose OPI’s “California Raspberry” for my polish. You didn’t think I’d get some boring, traditional bridal manicure, did you???
Plus it went so well with “mimosa orange”, I couldn’t resist!
Next up : What do rehearsal drill sergeants eat for dinner? Popcorn & beer. In large amounts of both…