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Perfect Presents for Your Bridesmaids

After the months of planning and organising to perfect your special day, your bridesmaids have been there for you – and with any luck thrown you a spectacular Bachelorette day. Picking out the perfect way to say thank you to your best girls is difficult, especially if you want something a little more artistic or distinctive. You may have already got some ideas to personalise your gifts, but here are some of the more unusual gift ideas.

 

Watches

A timeless tradition, a beautiful watch is more of a traditional gift for groomsmen, but can be applied to bridesmaids as well. These can be monogrammed or engraved with a message, and with a huge range of styles to choose from at Market Cross Jewellers, these make perfect presents for bridesmaids who aren’t hugely into jewellery.

 

Spa Day

Let’s face it, after looking after you and helping you out planning your big day, your girls deserve some R+R. If you want to keep things simple, buy them each a voucher for a spa day. If you want to make a big surprise, do your research to find out when they’re free and treat them to a weekend away at a spa resort – they’ll love you all the more for it.

 

Get Crafty

If you’ve got a knack for creativity, why not make something to thank your bridesmaids? Grab some glitter glue and embarrassing photos to embellish a scrapbook with photographs as a home-made album; or if you’re more literary, write each of your bridesmaids a personalised thank you poem on some luxurious paper, or knit some cute hats and scarves if you’re skilled with knitting and crochet.

 

Business Stationery

Perhaps your bridesmaid considers herself to be quite the career woman – what better way to thank her than with some fancy stationery? Available across the web is a huge range of beautifully decorated writing sets, notebooks, diaries, and pens. For the super-organized bridesmaid, consider buying a Filofax and marking in anniversaries and birthdays for her.

 

Goody Bags

If you’re on a limited budget, consider creating personalised goody bags for your bridesmaids, with a variety of little things: a homemade ticket for a special meal out after the wedding, a month’s free subscription to a book club, phone case, music streaming, or Netflix, a cute item of clothing, and a bottle of their favourite wine can show just how thankful you are for their support.

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5 Alternative Ideas for Your Bachelorette Party

If an evening in a nightclub with your best gal friends isn’t your idea of bachelorette heaven then it’s time to look at some alternative ways to celebrate your last night of freedom. Here are 5 totally awesome ideas that can add something completely different to your bachelorette event.

1. Take a Road Trip

Road trips are awesome because you get to spend time with your closest pals whilst discovering new places. Some of the best road trips include Route 66, South Carolina’s BBQ Trail, Pacific Coast Route, The Appalachian Trail and The Atlantic Coast Route. If you want to go abroad, try the Amalfi Coast in Italy or the famous Autobahn in Germany. Wherever you go, be sure to have the perfect bachelorette road trip playlist and make plenty of stops to enjoy the views.

2. Take Your Bachelorettes to a Festival

If a nightclub doesn’t tick all your boxes, try taking your best friends to a music festival. There’s nothing quite like a festival atmosphere, and with the magical mix of great weather, live music, fantastic food and your closest buddies, it will turn out to be truly memorable for everyone. Some of the world’s best festivals include Glastonbury in the UK, Electric Daisy Festival in Vegas, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and Outside Lands in San Francisco. Visit Timeout for more of the 50 Best Music Festivals in the World.

 3. European City Trip

A city break in Europe is fantastic because it generally has something for everyone. If you have a mixed group and people with varying interests in your bachelorette group, jet off to beautiful Europe and choose from some of the most amazing city destinations. Europe is brimming with culture and excitement; outstanding historical sites and architecture, breath-taking natural surroundings, the best nightlife, the finest food and Michelin star restaurants, fantastic shopping and plenty of activities.

4. Head to a Health Retreat

If you’re a health conscious bride (or maybe you just want to relax before your big day), a health retreat is the perfect way to treat yourself without breaking your pre-wedding diet plans. Health vacations or yoga retreats are growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why; a week of body beautiful activities, luxury treatments and wonderful, healthy food cooked for you and your bridal group.

5. Go Camping or Glamping

Camping or the more glamorous version of (glamping) is a great for girls who like to get stuck in when it comes to the great outdoors. An awesome alternative for anyone who doesn’t want to dress up and go clubbing for their bridal shower. An open fire, toasted marshmallows, and your closest friends is a great way of celebrating.

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5 Best Totally Unspoilt Destinations for Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon

If your perfect honeymoon would be you and your partner, a beach, and lots of sunshine, then you have your pick of the world’s best beaches. However, if you want something all to the two of you, then you have to be a little fussier. Take a look at our favorite secluded beaches and luxurious resorts and choose your ideal honeymoon spot!

Wadigi Island, Fiji

A three-acre private island, Wadigi Island is a place you could happily be marooned for the rest of your life; indeed, you can even see the island on which Tom Hanks filmed Castaway from one of the balconies. Relax in an infinity pool, stroll on one of two private beaches or experience the underwater world with a spot of snorkeling, and then head back to the resort for excellent food and luxurious surroundings.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Two hours from Dubai, Six Senses Zighy Bay is a luxury resort and hidden gem. With an incredible mountainous backdrop, private marina and gorgeous sandy beaches, you never need go anywhere else. The accommodation is set up like villages, with individual villas with their own gardens and pools. Enjoy the Middle Eastern sunshine on your Zighy Bay honeymoon.

Fregate Island, Seychelles

Another private island, Fregate has seven beaches to choose from, including one that’s frequently voted the world’s best. Whether you want to go on a sunset sailing excursion, island safaris or a dive trip, you have access to its inland harbor. The resort itself has a library, a restaurant, two pools and a beach bar.

The Sarojin, Thailand

A boutique beach resort in Thailand, you cross a stream through a garden terrace to enter your residence at The Sarojin. Designed to make sure that you’re relaxed, calm and enjoying yourself, this resort is perfect for couples who don’t want to be over frivolous. It’s also accessible for all needs: they have a residence modified for wheelchair use. You can create special occasions with the staff as newlyweds.

Baros, Maldives 

This small coral island offers beautiful beaches, lush forest and a lagoon teeming with marine wildlife. Choose from a villa by the beach or by the lagoon and enjoy seclusion, luxury and relaxation – the perfect honeymoon. Go on a scuba diving or snorkeling adventure, or learn about the local wildlife with the resident marine biologist. The Maldives are perfect for those romantic moments, whether on the beach or in a yacht as you sail together around the islands celebrating your new life together.

Flower Girl Fairytale

Flower girls are always in awe of the glitz and glamour of the wedding day!

They fall in love with the whole process; from the hair and make-up, to the fancy dresses that they and the bridesmaids are fashioning. But, above all, they fall in love with the fairy tale of the Bride. From seeing her dress for the first time, to helping her get into her dress, or truly feeling like a princess by being allowed to “put on” the wedding dress for a quick feel, they couldn’t imagine feeling more special!

We love it when their expressions and pure joy throughout the day are caught on film. Check out these priceless photographs!

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Are you trying to decide what type of bouquet to have? What type of flowers? What colors? What style? Check out some of our favorite bouquet’s for your upcoming summer wedding!

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