The Irish Emergency Kit – You may have heard of “emergency” kits for bridesmaids. They often contain the things a bridesmaid might need during a busy wedding day. Often, an emergency kit will contain a sewing kit (in case of a wardrobe malfunction), some cosmetics, and perhaps extra nylons and a travel toothbrush and paste.
You can create a charming, whimsical Irish emergency kit by adding in a few extra items that evoke the spirit of the Emerald Isle. Consider adding a white handkerchief made of fine Irish linen and lace as a pretty keepsake. A monogram for each bridesmaid would be an elegant touch. Also, you could add a silver shamrock pendant or other talisman (silver or ceramic horseshoes would also work here) for good luck.
Gourmet Gift Baskets – If your wedding features Irish touches, an Irish gourmet gift basket will make a lovely present. You can find a pretty woven basket and fill it with gourmet goodies such as Irish teas, soda breads and cookies. You can add in some fun, inexpensive items to add bulk (a six pack of Guinness would work well). If you can spend more, a delicious bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur will be impressive.
Search out traditional Irish companies that produce fine foods. Consider adding a tiny shamrock planter to your basket in order to give it a touch of lively greenness. Jams and jellies from Ireland will be another tasty addition to your basket. Tie it up with clear cellophane and an emerald green ribbon. Making a gift basket yourself will save you a lot of money, and it looks expensive!
Birthstone Claddagh Rings – You will be posing with your beautiful bridesmaids in a series of photographs. Make sure everyone shows their style by gifting your girlfriends with Silver Birthstone Claddagh Rings. These affordable rings feature the traditional motif of two tiny hands, gently clasping a crowned heart. In Ireland and throughout the world, Claddagh Rings are exchanged as tokens of love and affection.
Your bridesmaids will love wearing their Claddagh Rings, and they will always remind them of your wedding day! You can customize the rings according to the birth month of each bridesmaid, providing an extra touch of thoughtfulness they will all appreciate. They may not wear their bridesmaid’s dresses in the future (in fact, it’s a pretty sure bet they will not) but they will be able to enjoy their silver Claddagh Rings forever.
As you can see, a little planning and creativity will pay off when it comes to choosing bridesmaid’s gifts. It’s important to recognize your friend’s contributions to your special day with truly thoughtful presents they will be grateful to receive.