What do you get the most important people in your lives? When shopping for Wedding Party Gifts, it is important to make it personal. The day of the wedding will be all about the Bride and Groom, so it is customary to give the people chosen to stand up with you something unique and personal to let them know how much you have appreciated all the time, attention and well, money, that they have surely spent along the way to make your day so special.
It is traditional to give the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer and Parents of the Bride and Groom gifts at the Rehearsal Dinner to thank them for all that they have done to help along the way in planning the wedding.
Traditionally, Bridesmaids are given jewelry to wear with their dresses as part of their gift. Make it something special by personalizing it with a message, the date or their name or initials: a necklace, bracelet, anklet or ring. Giving them something that they can wear again and again for years to come will always remind them of how important they are in your life.
Traditionally, Groomsmen are also given gifts that they can wear or carry in their pockets at the ceremony. Cufflinks with their initials engraved, personalized pocket watches and engraved money clips are all special gifts that show them that they were appreciated.
Flower Girls/Ring Bearer
Give your Flower Girl a children's pearl bracelet, child's sized necklace or an engraved jewelry box. Give your Ring Bearer a set of his own cufflinks with his initials engraved or a bracelet with the name and the date.
Mother of the Bride/Groom
Give your Mom(s) a special gift that acknowledges the new person to the family: a piece of Mother's Jewelry with the birthstones of all her kids (including the new one!), a diamond bracelet, an engraved necklace or bracelet with her name or initials. Give her something that will always remind her of this special day.
Father of the Bride/Groom
Give your Dad(s) a personalized gift, something that says I will love you forever: a personalized men's watch, engraved cufflinks or a bracelet personalized with the date. An engraved money clip will be great, now that he can start saving his money again!
Gifts for the Bride
The Bride has usually planned for months and sometimes years to make her wedding day special. Show her how much you care with a personalized gift. Give her a personalized bracelet with her new initials, the names of her Bridesmaids, or the date of her wedding. Give her an engraved anklet to wear on her honeymoon or a pair of new earrings to wear on the big day. Gifts for the Groom Give the Groom something personalized to remember his big day. Engraved cufflinks or a personalized money clip are great gift ideas. Get him a personalized pocket watch to make sure he makes it to the ceremony on time!
A great shoe is about more than gorgeous looks - it's about the sole, too
Tips for Finding a Comfortable Pump
Hold the shoe at the heel and the toe area. The sole should be flexible and bend at the front of the arch but have a stiff bottom through the arch.
Choose a pump with a high heel that is directly underneath the center of your heel. If it is too far forward or at the back of the shoe, you'll have balance problems.
Look for false fronts. "A pointy-toe shoe with an area that is much longer than your toes has a false front. It keeps your toes from being squished," says Suzanne Levine, a podiatric surgeon in New York City.
Make sure the toe area is wide enough through the ball of your foot.
Note that a wedge shoe distributes your weight more evenly and offers support all the way through the foot. Be aware, however, that the limited sole flexibility of a wedge increases the risk of rolling your ankle over the side.
Test a shoe for cushioning by pressing a finger into the ball area. It should have a little give or a slightly padded feel.
Avoid synthetics. Wear shoes with leather, suede, or fabric uppers. These materials breathe, which lessens the chance of blistering.
Tips for Finding a Comfortable Flat
Look for sturdy construction. "Try to push in the area around the heel," says Meghan Cleary, author of The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You (Chronicle Books, $13, amazon.com). "If the heel collapses enough to touch the insole, the shoe is not supportive."
Hold each end of a shoe and try to twist it. If the shoe bends too much, it won't be supportive.
Look for flats with a little bit of a heel if you have high arches. Heels provide relief from foot pain.
Buy shoes with leather or rubber soles for optimum shock absorption.
Wear only shoes that have leather or suede insoles. Breathable and pliable, they help prevent chafing and blistering, and they mold to the feet.
Search for round-toe flats. They follow the shape of the foot and allow the toes to move.
Avoid slippage and cuts on your heel by finding a shoe with a back that fits snugly and holds your foot securely.
Tips for Finding a Blister-Proof Sandal
Avoid wobbly shoes. Examine a shoe's quality by looking at how it sits on a table. A well-built one will be balanced and look stable when standing on its own.
Find stack heels that have a broad heel tap (base), which allows for better shock absorption. You will also be steadier on your feet.
Stay away from backless shoes, such as thongs and slides, because they cause pain in the balls of the feet, says Suzanne Levine. Instead, look for a sandal with straps that hit just below the ankle (not encircling it). These will help stabilize the foot and hold it securely.
Wear only sandals that have leather or suede-lined straps to prevent chafing.
Make sure the toe-box area is wide enough for the broadest part of your foot.
Look for platform shoes that give the illusion of a higher heel without the feel of it.
Examine the insides of straps for seams and other construction details that might dig into feet.
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