As they rally in support of your wedding plans, the list of ladies you love probably feels plentiful as your wedding day nears. While Valentine's Day is often seen as a day for celebrating romantic relationships, taking time out to acknowledge the bridesmaids you've chosen to stand by your side as you say your vows can be equally celebratory. Why not treat your girls like Valentines and shower them with all the treats they deserve? Whether that means wrapping up a lovely gift for them, spending some quality time, or reaching out to tell them how awesome they are, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Organize a ladies day out.
Reserve a table for brunch, go wine tasting for the day, visit the local spa for a mani/pedi, coordinate a cooking class, or pop by your favorite brewery. It's not necessary for you to foot the whole bill, just getting everyone together for a day of non-wedding fun is a great way to show your love and appreciation.
Think your girls would love to receive a bouquet of flowers from a (not so) secret admirer? There are plenty of local florists that offer flower deliveries for Valentine's Day if you're able to order in a timely manner. If you're feeling the time crunch, sites like the Bouqs Co. and Farm Girl Flowers offer delivery of farm fresh flowers and artisanal arrangements.
Get glowing together.
Nothing strengthens a friendship bond like a good splash of endorphins. Rather than spending all of Valentine's Day focused on your partner, get the bridesmaids together in the morning for a scenic hike, an indoor spin class, vinyasa yoga, or a power pilates session.
Plan a picnic.
Even if you don't live some place warm, surely there's somewhere you can host a picnic to show your ladies some love around Valentine's Day. Whether you agree to meet at an indoor botanical garden or a friend's cozy living room with a picnic basket, a charcuterie collection and a few bottles of wine spell Valentine's celebration success.
Send a treat.
If you can't be with your bridesmaids during Valentine's Day, consider sending them a just-as-sweet treat. New York has plenty of bakeshops where you can order cupcake and cookie deliveries, but if you don't live in an urban area, head online to explore your options. Mouth offers lots of artisanal edible treat recommendations and you can even narrow down the options by region, which could be a cute nod to your wedding location.
A great gift idea for the bridesmaid who really does have everything, a surprise magazine subscription could be a welcome addition to their reading collection. Make sure to send the ladies a note on Valentine's Day letting them know to look out for their first issue of whatever publication you settle on.
Mail them a note.
If all else fails and your bridesmaids don't live nearby, pop a note of gratitude in the mail to show your appreciation and admiration for their friendship. An old-fashioned Valentine's Day card really is just as good as any extravagant gift.