You have been chosen to stand next to the bride on her most special day. What an honor and so exciting! However, if we’re going to be totally real with each other, we both know there are many more hats to wear aside from the “ride or die”. You’re going to do an amazing job!! Here are some of our favorite picks to keep the day, and your job, running flawlessly.
#1- Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder – B&B make exceptional hair products. End of story. This dry shampoo/style holder/volumizer was recommended to me by a good friend, and I am thanking god she forgot it at my house! Keeping yesterdays style, while providing a fresh new bounce will be perfect for any bridesmaid (or bride), that love more calm, slept in hair.
#2- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème- Maybe you’re jet lagged, maybe you went out with the ladies last night, whatever the case may be, this incredibly smooth eye cream brightens and de-puffs your eyes. Don’t hide from the wedding pictures this time; your dark circles can do that.
#3- Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes- These are a personal favorite of mine, and I feel a complete necessity when traveling; (also to keep in your bedside table when you are too exhausted to make it to the sink). They smell like magic, take off all dirt and makeup, and aren’t filled with drying chemicals! With all the curling irons and blow dryers, the bridal suite can get sticky. Bring these along to freshen up before makeup!
Want some serious Maid of Honor points?? Pack a bag for the bride with some comfies so she feels right at home.
#4- Honey Bunny’s old T-shirt- We all love sleeping in a guy’s shirt, calm any nerves or re-instate their excitement to be together by bringing along her favorite for the night before, or hair and makeup.
#5- J. Crew Women’s Vintage Sleep Set- I have an infatuation with sleep sets, and J. Crew. These are made from their “Men’s” cotton (to give the feel of vintage men’s starchy sleep sets) and are AMAZING. Guarantee relaxation for her.
#6- Ugg Slippers- Guarantee the MOST comfort for her.
#7 & #8- J. Crew India Lace Bralette and Boy Thong- Whether the bride wants to feel sexy all day (who doesn’t), or her and her new husband are running away together immediately proceeding the wedding; pack her some lingerie! We love this elegant romantic combo from J. Crew.
#9- Anthroplogie Rolling Leather Weekender- You need a killer bag to put this all in! Anthropolgie is on the top of our list for anything from décor, to clothes, to scents. With amazing style and craftsmanship this bag could be an amazing Maid of Honor gift that will remain classic and strong for years to come.
#10- Rhoto Cool Eye Drops- Again, maybe you went out last night, maybe you didn’t. These eye drops will brighten and soothe even the most red and tired eyes. You put these on your “must have” list, and we won’t tell the bride what time you got back to the room.
#11- Sweetriot Dark Chocolate Bar- What’s the one thing you give to a stressed woman, or a thrilled woman, and get the same reaction? Chocolate of course! Or vodka, but this is the next best thing. And the very best of its kind! With all organic ingredients, vegan, dairy, GMO, and gluten free, you can feel good about indulging! As if that isn’t enough? Sweetriot supports fair trade sourcing cacao exclusively in Latin America. Delish!
#12- Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Candle- With scents of Eucalyptus and spearmint, this will fill a jittery room with the perfect calming scents to set the tone.
These are our top picks to keep everyone, (Including yourself!) happy and excited! Other things to consider, asking the planner for a copy of the timeline and protocol, bride and groom’s parent’s cell numbers, umbrellas (for rain or heat), and of course bobby pins!
We know this is a lot to take in, and you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed. If there is one thing we can suggest, stay calm, and remember what an amazing day this is, and what an amazing compliment to you for being chosen.