Expert advice about gifts

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Pretty maids

Pretty maids

Q. I'm looking for gifts for my bridesmaids; I've some adult maids as well as younger flowergirls and ideally I'd like to get them something that can be incorporated into the big day. What would you suggest?

A. Julieann Bird says: Gifting your bridesmaids an accessory is the perfect way to include them in your special day as this gives them something beautiful to wear and treasure forever. Choose designs that are a similar style to the bride as this will create harmony in your wedding photos. Pretty pendants look fabulous and earring and bracelet sets are always a popular choice. As adult and child bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, choose jewellery that comes in a variety of styles and lengths. Likewise, find a wedding supplier that offers the same earring designs suitable for both pierced and non-pierced ears. Flowergirls can become restless and fiddle with their accessories, so comfortable designs and age appropriate styles are the answer – soft child-sized headbands or grips look really cute and are easy to wear too.

If you're having a maid-of-honour or head bridesmaid it's a lovely gesture to acknowledge this. Opt for an additional piece of jewellery or slightly more elaborate bridesmaid's accessory for her. It's a good idea to find a supplier who also includes individual gift boxes within the price too; that way you're crossing two things off your planning list at once and saving yourself money as well.

Julieann Bird


Gifts galore

Gifts galore

Q. I want to get my husband-to-be a great alternative wedding gift; a watch or cufflinks aren't going to cut it. What would you suggest?

A. Samantha Davis says: If you're the kind of lady who thinks outside the box and doesn't want to give a traditional present on the morning of your nuptials, how about a gift that's just been just as much fun to create as it has been to receive?

Organise a boudoir shoot, dig out your favourite sexy underwear, go on a little shopping trip, or alternatively you could wear your wedding underwear.

The images – elegant, beautiful and totally you – would make the perfect gift for your husband-to-be. The package includes 10 fully-edited high resolution images on a USB with 6x4 printed versions stored in a wooden presentation box. There's even the opportunity to have a full makeover too from the lovely Gemma of Make-up and Hair by Gemma.

Samantha Davis

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