Weddings used to feel almost like there was a script from which you wouldn’t dare to deviate. We remember being little and thinking rituals were essentially marital law: having a wedding party in one color and style, registering for gifts, throwing the bouquet to all the single ladies, selecting matching wedding bands, etc. But variety is the spice of life, thank goodness, and that leaves a blank slate for those who are getting married; it is an opportunity to show personality and preference, and as Frank Sinatra sang, gives the betrothed a chance to truly say, “I Did It My Way.”
If you are looking for untraditional ideas for a wedding shower gift, the Grico’s team suggests an “emergency kit” for the bride. This makes for a unique, practical, and affordable bridal shower gift. We suggest purchasing a small bag that matches the wedding motif or the bride’s personality and is easy to carry and stow away–a shimmering makeup bag, a satin drawstring gift bag, or even a fabric wine bag work nicely. If you are particularly crafty, you could even create a bag yourself. Then, collect and purchase items that suit your budget, but be sure they will all fit in the bag without making it bulge; travel-sized items are ideal–going small will fit it all! Some examples include:
- Nail file
- Clear nail polish
- Nail glue
- Bottle of water
- Dental floss
- Pain reliever
- Sewing kit
- Protein bar
- Double-stick tape
- Bobby pins
- Antiperspirant (bonus note: protects against sweat and odor, not just sweat)
- Hand sanitizer
- Stain remover wipes or stick
Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Perhaps include a sixpence for her shoe? Maybe even a mini bottle of liquor? Think of the absolute critical items needed in case of, for example, a wardrobe malfunction or if the bride is feeling weak or has a headache. Remember, this is a “survival” kit, so think of first aid in the literal and figurative sense. Take a walk around a dollar store; you would be surprised at how many ideas can pop up just by looking up and down the aisles.
Once you select and obtain all of the items, gather them within the bag. Then, create a simple gift tag that includes the heading “Bride’s Survival Kit” or something similar, and list all of the items on the tag. If you have good penmanship, a handwritten tag adds a special personal flair, but if not, you can easily create and print something from your computer. Tie the tag onto the bag with something such as raffia, tulle, or ribbon.
Your bridal gift will be one unlike any other, and the bride will appreciate the time and attention you put into creating something special for her. And if she doesn’t need to use everything in the bag, most off of it can be used on the honeymoon or around the house thereafter–waste not, want not. So start shopping, and if you need help planning the wedding shower, give our experienced team a call! 570-654-9120.