Brides-to-Be, take heart! By now you should find it delightful, delicious and de-lovely that all the myriad details of your wedding day are falling in place. You’ve had the second fitting of your wedding gown. Your veil and bridesmaids dresses are ordered. Plans are well underway for the reception: The photographer’s been booked, florist employed, caterers contracted, venue rented, band auditioned, honeymoon arranged (we won’t say where), hairdresser hired, table linens chosen, and tiered cake ordered. Whew!
Just one more thing. What to give your bridesmaids? Of all the “to do’s” on your bridal duties list, this is one of the most important. In principle, it’s nicest to give something that lasts, like your marriage should. We spoke to designer Clara Kasavina, she of collectible handbag and jewelry design fame, regarding gift ideas for the bride to bestow on her bridesmaids. “What about a stone-studded bracelet like my Vicki Cuff,” she suggested. “The cuff could match the bridesmaids dresses, or each bridesmaids could have one with different colored stones -- to match her eyes or hair or complexion, or that just suits her personality. Such a lovely gift this would be.”
Another adorable idea would be to give a small, python bag like these cute as button “ Tyler“ clutches, adorned with Swarovski crystals and hand-made in Clara’s New York atelier. Again, each bridesmaids could get the exact same one, or each get a different color combination. This is a “Where did you get that?” gift that lasts and will be treasured (and envied). If you’ve ever worn a Clara bag, you know what we mean.
Of course, you, the BRIDE, are sporting a beautiful ring, so what about spreading the joy and giving a ring to each of your bridesmaids? Clara Kasavina’s divine Dina cocktail ring, rightfully described as a “ball of bling,” is so bonny and so dazzling, your bridesmaids will be thrilled, not only to wear it, but to wave it around. It comes in a number of colors, too, one prettier than the next: Pacific Opal, Golden Shadow and Rose.
We asked Clara about her Crystal Ball Pendant. “Absolutely charming idea,” she said. “Like a charm, too. With it goes the bride’s wishes that her maidens turn to marrieds.” And she smiled at that thought. Romantic Clara is happily married to her design partner, Misha Berger. She knows a thing or two about being a giving bride.