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Be kind to your bridesmaids

Are you preparing to walk down the aisle with your partner this year? A wedding is an extremely special, once in a lifetime event that should be taken seriously by the couple, their family members and friends. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to ensure that every aspect of your special day goes according to plan. Brides-to-be know that there is a reason ladies choose their nearest and dearest friends to be bridesmaids in their wedding - they need all the help they can get from women who will love them even after "bridezilla" takes over their normal personalities.

Let's face it, being a modern day bridesmaid is no piece of cake! Between the dress fittings, bachelorette party planning sessions, caterer crisis interventions and frantic 2 a.m. phone calls, life can get pretty exhausting for the bride's right-hand woman. Fortunately, when all is said and done and the big day is over, there are ways for bride's to show their appreciation for all the help provided by their bridal party. Here are some gifting tips and suggestions that can help you show your thanks to the ones who stood by your side from proposal to pew.

If you've been an especially fussy bride, it's best to start celebrating the work your bridesmaids put in as early as possible. Handing out personalized bridesmaid survival kits on the day of your wedding can help make sure things go as planned, with band-aids, bobby pins and other bridal essentials packed into a monogrammed silk case. Custom hand-painted bridesmaids wine glasses make an excellent gift and can be used to toast the happy couple and wedding party during the hair and makeup application process.

When all of the hard work is done, you and your partner will have a chance to sail off into the sunset for a post-wedding day honeymoon, but your bridesmaids won't be as lucky. What better way to show your appreciation then by sending them off for a relaxing spa day? Just pack a personalized spa toiletry bag full of the supplies they'll need to relax and decompress and include a few gift certificates for treatments at your favorite salon!

You will get to show off your sparkly new wedding ring for the rest of your life, but your bridesmaids won't have any bling from the bash. Handing out engraved rhinestone toggle bracelets can go a long way in showing your girls how much you care and will give them a daily reminder of your love and appreciation! After all, what girl doesn't love a great piece of jewelry? Pack the bracelets into individual "thank you" jewelry gift boxes for an extra special surprise that they're sure to love.