We’ve talked before about making survival kits for your mother. But, this time we’ve decided to give you information on kits for your maids.
Typically you will buy small gifts for those whom have helped you during the wedding planning process, your attendees included. So why not make something you know they will use? From your maid of honor to each individual and all the helpful gals in-between, you can certainly not forget to give each one a personalized and useful gift.
These gifts serve as tokens of gratitude for their assistance in the wedding process and as a thank-you for their friendship and kindness.
While the idea we are presenting to you isn’t necessarily to take the place of a traditional thank you gift it is a great idea for the forgetful pals and those with a great sense of humor.
A terrific gift giving choice for the bride who doesn’t take herself too seriously and understands that we have all had a bridezilla moment or two. The bride who makes a survival kit understands and appreciates all that the attendees do for them out of the kindness of their own heart and sometimes wallet too.
In this kit you will equip your maids to combat any of the wedding planning stress, including those pesky little things that can pop up last minute on the big day.
First you will want to select your container. From cute paper bags, to plain colored metal lunch boxes, even an old cigar box that you can cover in designed paper, the possibilities are endless. Here at The American Wedding we also offer cosmetic bags, which would make a beautiful and personalized choice.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect container, it’s time to fill it up! The materials for your maids’ mini cosmetic bag may be a bit different from your mothers. Of course, the items you choose will vary depending upon many things. From personality, to formality and all things in between. We included suggestions below from the absolute necessities, to the funny, and the multi-useful.
- Earplugs – For those bridezilla moments/ The D.J. decides it’s time to play Lil’ Jon
- Mini Bottles of Wine – See earplugs.
- Waterproof Mascara – For photos in the sunshine and during the wedding vows.
- Tissues – For dabbing eyes and fixing make up smudges
- Stain Remover Wipes – For wine, make up, etc.
- Bandages – For too tight fitting heels.
- Clear Nail Polish – To help with a snag in hosiery or nails.
- Bobby Pins – For extra secure up-do’s.
- Pain Relievers – See bobby pins.
- A Pedicure Gift Certificate – So she can soothe her aching feet and relax after the big day.
Putting It Together
Once you have assembled your pieces, it’s time to make the list. Just as we have listed above write out each item featured inside your kit and its possible uses. Use cute stationery and a fun font to make it unique.
If you are using any type of container with a lid, we like the idea of mounting it to the top so that when it opens up your list of contents and instructions are right there. Otherwise we suggest tucking it in nicely up front so that the list is viewable prior to seeing the actual products.
As far as assembly goes, whatever way fits, is best! Small items like bobby pins and bandages can get lost in the shuffle. So it’s not a bad idea to secure them inside small zip lock baggies or a cute little coin purse. (You know with a couple quarters for a trip to the hotel vending machine)
Make a fun label to tie the look together with something like Maid Survival kit printed on the tag.