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At Marquette Avenue Events, we wholeheartedly believe in telling the unique story of your event from the early conception stages to the final bittersweet moments of your special day. We believe in making your entire journey timelessly detailed, seamless, personalized, and most of all - FUN! We recognize it’s easy to get lost and even a bit overwhelmed in the wide stratosphere that has become events and weddings these days. This blog is a continuation of providing insight, wisdom, and inspiration into throwing you the best celebration, and helping you make memories that you’ll hold onto long after the night has ended. Come on in, grab a beverage (or pen and paper), and even bring a friend! We look forward to continuing the conversation and hearing from you very soon!

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas For Every It Girl

Janet Fernandez

A bride would be lost without her squad, so it is safe to say that bridesmaids are the real MVP’s of a wedding! From planning your bachelorette party to happily (or not so happily!) wearing a dress of your choosing and standing by your side on your special day, they deserve to get rewarded for helping you keep your sanity. 



Since your bridal party is often a combination of family and friends from various stages of your life, one gift sometimes does not fit all. Select a present that your gals will not only love, but is also practical to their daily life. Whether your BFF loves to travel or simply prefers relaxing at home, we have created a list that is sure to make them happy!

This girl loves to be pampered and understands the definition of ‘me time’! You'll find her at the front of the line at the hottest beauty product release or contouring to perfection on the daily. She is always up for a spa day and down to spend hours in Sephora. Gifts that keep your beauty-obsessed bestie looking and smelling fresh are the ones she is sure to smile about.

MAE's Tip: Shopping local boutiques are a great way to ensure unique items to gift your girls. With tons of great beauty brands out there it is tough to know where to browse — for standout options think outside the box. From one of a kind perfumes to soothing face masks and essential oils, Merz Apothecary has an incredible selection of products from all around the world.

This trend setter is always on top of the hottest looks. She has a love for the shinier things in life and looks fabulous even when she sleeps! You often find yourself in her closet because you know she has great staple pieces. Add to your friend’s collection by gifting her personalized jewelry or photo-worthy pajamas like these!

MAE's Tip: Local designers often sell in smaller storefronts, so to ensure this girl gets the latest unique finds, check out shops in your neighborhood. Milk Handmade & Eskell have a fabulous selection of accessories and clothes that are sure to set your fashionista friend apart!

For the friend who prefers hibernating rather than heading out on the town, gift her items to make her home a haven. While she enjoys comfort, she certainly isn't boring because this girl knows how to host a dinner party and the perfect girl's night in! She can never have enough warm blankets or fancy serving accessories, so give her the trendiest of home decor items.

MAE's Tip: Conversation pieces are always perfect choices for someone who loves interior decor accessories. Peeking into stores like Alapash will help you to choose from truly unordinary options (For example, pineapple-cilantro scented candles!). Local shops are filled with character and have great selections of rare finds that will leave you inspired and excited to gift away!

This lady is non-stop! Whether she is jet setting to her next meeting or just loves exploring, she needs reliable items that won’t slow her down. You won’t catch this woman without her passport handy because she never knows when her next adventure will begin. Gift your go-to travel buddy first-class items that are sure to give her serious wanderlust!

MAE's Tip: Whether you are flying around the world or taking the train into work, travel gear is necessary to make your life easier. Although you may see a lot of the same essentials during your journeys, these items don't have to be ordinary! Check out Art Effect which offers a great collection of quirky yet practical travel essentials.

Who doesn't love the tastier things in life?! This culinary-obsessed friend has an extra special love for all things delicious. You are sure to find her getting an invite to swanky new restaurant openings or taking the most Insta-worthy snaps of her meals. Gift her treats perfect for any meal or GNI, and if you're lucky she'll share!

MAE's Tip: Not only does this lady enjoy being wined and dined but she also loves finding new treats! Browse the aisles of your local fine foods market (We love Goddess and Grocer) or pop into your neighborhood bakery, like Vanille Patisserie to find only the freshest flavors to satisfy the pickiest of palettes.

xoxo Janet + Team MAE

To see how Marquette Avenue Events can help you with all of the finishing touches like bridesmaid gifts and, most importantly, assist in making your dream wedding come to life, please visit us at or call us at 312-585-7265. Cheers!