Hey friends, Happy Wedding Wednesday (a few days early)! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as things slowly start to open post quarantine. I think we have a ways to go but I'm thankful for progress, even if it's at 25%, LOL.
As we all know, weddings can be expensive no matter the budget. For me, I knew I wanted to gift my bridesmaids some pretty stellar gifts the day of my wedding, but I also took into account that my wedding was just 3.5 months post Christmas. I did not want to have to settle for 'less than' when gift giving to all of my loved ones.
I knew I needed to map out my finances so that I could focus on what was important during the holidays and not be stressed about money or not being able to afford the gifts I wanted to give. Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do! I love the entire process... coming up with an idea or concept, shopping, and finally wrapping with love.
My advice is pretty simple! Christmas in July (let me elaborate a little more down below), gifting your gals during Galentine's, and for those of us lucky enough to celebrate Mardi Gras, sending your favorites king cake will all help to alleviate the financial burden during the holidays ALL while planning a wedding.
1. I technically didn't gift my sister her MOH + Christmas gift in July, BUT, I did make sure I purchased it then (I also gifted my other MOH tickets to see Heather McMahan in December, but purchased our tickets months prior). Which meant that that was less people I had to buy for during the holidays. You don't have to actually gift give during July or other “non holiday” months, but maybe you purchase something for your parents or siblings so that you'll be able to get to everyone, stress free!
2. A lot of brides will try their absolute hardest to gift their bridesmaids something special for Christmas! Here's how I improvised: Galentine's Day! Because of COVID, my girls are stuck with me for another year. They deserve ALL the gifts I can give to them. This year, I will shower them with gifts over Valentine's versus Christmas. Even if you want to gift friends who aren't bridesmaids gifts, Galentine's Day is my new go-to.
3. For me, a lot of my reps (people I deal with for milliganmovement.com), live out of state. Instead of me sending something for Christmas, they get King Cake for carnival - I've done this for years now! I also LOVE my nail lady, and I send the salon a king cake every year. You might have a very close relationship with your hair dresser or accountant- send them a King Cake ( or a bouquet of flowers)!
They don't have to get something during the holidays for them to be important to you. For Christmas, I can focus on Garrett + my immediate family. Everyone else (close friends, bridesmaids, co-workers) can be celebrated on February 14th or during carnival - if need be.
All selections and opinions in this post are my own.