By Erin Williams

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I am serving in a few upcoming weddings as a bridesmaid and I will say – while I’m aware that you have to really like someone a lot to put them in your wedding, we have to like you a lot to take that place. It was a lesson for me when the fitting lady at the bridesmaid’s dress shop had me strip down to my drawers and stared at my thighs as if she didn’t know what to do with them. Any shred of confidence and dignity flew out the door at that point. So, what do you get to show these lovely ladies-in-waiting you care? Fret no more! Here’s my wishlist – Brides to be (Alison…Mandy…Robin) take note!

For the traditional wedding –

Philosophy’s new Bridal Party Set has yummy scents of their heavenly shower gel in Wedding Cake, Bubbly, and Bridal Bouquet which come in an oh-so-cute bag – ah, they’re getting married younger and younger these days!

For classic weddings, hair is key and your girls need to look elegant but not plastered. Send them to Elad at Warren Tricomi in NYC. He listens well, does what you ask, and adds a metaphorical twist you’re sure to love. The aisle will turn into a runway!

Jewelry is a common, and very lovely, gift. There are a couple of designing women who have your girls in mind. Alex Woo has her new line of Little Hearts – beautiful silver, 14 carat gold, or diamonds set in 14 carat white gold hearts available on suede, silver, or gold cord. They’re the perfect way to keep your heart close to hers.

Charmed Life Jewelry by Jennifer Denninghoff and Tami Nunez is a line of sterling silver necklaces and bracelets. Each necklace and bracelet comes with three discs of your choice. You can have them inscribed with all sorts of words – 70 to choose from! The ‘Bridesmaid’ style, comes with the discs “Friendship”, “Memories”, and “Forever”. Another option is the “Satin Cord Necklace” which is available in red, pink, or black and comes with one disk of your choice. Add on discs are always an option.

A fun gift for everyone at your wedding is the “I Do” Soap from Fresh Body Market. So cute! And on orders of 48 or more they’ll even put the bride and groom’s names on for free!

Planning on feeling the sand between your toes as you say “I do”? Read on island girl –

The Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Mini Beach Bag is perfect for all things by the sea. With a sunscreen Body Gel SPF 30, Sport Stick for Face SPF 20, Leave in Conditioner SPF 15, and water bottle, there will be no sunburns in sight and lots of fun on the beach.

Ananas has amazing handbags and they’ve come up with an Abaca (a natural fiber from a tree similar to the banana tree) version of their best-selling leather Furoshiki style bag. It’s perfect for a girl to tote books to the beach and then roaming the city, once she’s back to being landlocked.

How many times does something awful happen to important dresses? Exactly. The Laundress Travel Pack is a must for any bride and bridesmaid. The Delicate Wash, Lady Fabric Fresh (an antibacterial spray with amber and herbal green notes), Stain Solution, and an all cotton Lady Storage Bag will keep her dress, that I’m totally sure she’ll wear again, and everything under it in tip top shape.

If the glitz, glamour, and speed of a Vegas wedding sets your soul on fire then these are your best bets –

Foundation garments are always a discussion at weddings and in Vegas it’s not going to be nude and seamless. Well, maybe nude, but I digress. Donna Loren’s cami’s, bras, and thongs come in S-XL and 32B-38D, and will bring out the vamp within.

And while we’re on the subject of the unmentionables, Diane Brill’s Panties in a Bunch Lipgloss Set is sure to make any girl squeal with delight! The six mini best selling glosses – everything from red to pink to, you guessed it, nude – were inspired by a box of bon bons and are a treat for any age.

Painting the face is rule #1 on the strip and your girls need to be able to bring their 23 different eyeshadow shades in style. Japonesque’s two tiered Train Cases come in pink, orange, red, green, and black to match the Paris Hilton look alike dresses they’ll be sporting.

Different girls mean different things to you and you can show them that with Mixed Emotions’ cleansers, scrubs, and body creams. Nine different fragrances make the lineup and with everything from Celebrate Me (peach champagne) to Kiss Me (crème brulee) on hand, you can find one for everyone.

For those who are pulling out all the UES high society stops, cast your eyes this way –

To celebrate with the Cristal bunch, check out the Happy Hour Strawberries and Champagne Gift Set from Indulge Beauty. With a multi-tasker Body Wash, Heavenly Body Butter, Bath Sweetheart Fizzies, and a travel candle all in a cosmetic bag – she’s sure to be tipsy over this one!

Manicurist to the stars, Deborah Lippman, has put together her favorite French manicure shades in a perfect little kit aptly named An American in Paris. Sheer misty pink, pure white, and a top/base coat promise Fifth Avenue hands.

Lollia is well known for its delicate look, quality product, and the crystal dangle that comes on each item. So get your heart’s fill here. Pick out a Breathe Petal Pink Lavender Sachet, the lavender, peony, lily, milk, and honey Breathe Eau de Parfums (Susan Sarandon loves it), and top it off with a whimsical Boudoir Door Sign.

Now for the coup de theatre! How amazing would these 18-carat white gold diamond and pearl earrings from Mouawad look as your bridesmaids sauntered down the aisle? Whew! Definitely worth being groped by a seamstress at the dress shop for those!

If you’ll be surrounded by rose bushes on your big day these are the perfect garden gifts –

The newest collection from Ergo’s Candles – Garden – is boxed in turquoise with a bright floral design. With everything from Gardenia to Orange Peel, these soy candles are always a favorite!

Tools are necessary in any garden as well as when one is getting ready. Alcone’s Bridesmaid’s Kit has Fash Lash Eyelash Extender, a Lip Palette, Metal Lash Comb, tissues, Makeup Remover Cloths, Oil Blotting Sheets, Clear Gloss, Champagne Gold Sparkle Dust, and Lipstick Sealer – all in a blue mesh bag. Your girls will flower into roses with all those makeup artist faves.

When you’re outside, it’s hot, and when it’s hot, you sweat, and let’s be honest, deodorant can meander. Gal Pal’s Garment Deodorant Remover can get those white marks out just like magic so that your clothes are again picture perfect.

How many close-ups are you going to get of your bridesmaids holding their bouquets? Lots, trust me. The Thymes Gardener Intensive Care Repair Kit will keep everything looking smooth and sleek. The Deep Cleansing Hand Scrub has healing arnica while walnut shell powder sloughs. The Replenishing Hand Cream is a shea butter base with Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to soothe. Camera ready in two minutes flat!

Mothers and mothers-in-law are sure to love –

Molton Brown’s Mother’s Day Gift Set with it’s Wild Indigo Bath and Shower Gel, Wild Indigo Body Cream, and Inspiring Air – an environmental mist of pink pepper, sage, and bergamot oils. It will to have her shining in the front row.

La-Tee-Da’s Effusion Lamps are my new favorite things! Mouth blown glass lamps in all sorts of colors have a wick, burner, and numerous fragrance oil options that freshen your home better than anything I’ve ever tried before – amazing!

With these Flower Girl gifts you’re sure to nab them while they’re taking a nap –

Nail polishes from Goldie come in 16 colors and are the cutest polishes I’ve ever seen! The hourglass shaped bottles have a white flower cap and a bow around the middle. You can get one for each finger.

What little girl doesn’t want to wear your lipgloss? Hard Candy’s new Candy Coating Lip Glosses are amazingly sheer and shimmery. Caramel (peach shade) and Cotton Candy (light pink shade) are my absolute favorite glosses for spring and perfect for little girl lips.

Crabtree and Evelyn just came out with a new line for infants called Nursery Tails that’s lovely for all ages. The line is dermatologist and pediatrician tested. My favorite is the Pudy Cat Comfort Cream.

Originally published May 2005



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