Bride’s Best Friend: Bestowe Gifting


Members of your bridal party are more than just the people that precede you walking down the aisle, that stand next to you in photos, or wear matching pastel dresses.They are your people; the ones who have stood by you both literally and metaphorically on every big day leading up to THE Big Day. They are the ones with whom you’ve laughed until you cried with and cried until you laughed with. Your bridal party has journeyed with you through the highs and lows of wedding planning, and there is no more thoughtful or meaningful way to say a giant “thank you” than with a custom gift to capture exactly how you feel toward the ones who have journeyed with you and your fiance. 

Bestowe Gifting, an Oakland, California curated gifting boutique, works with clients one-on-one to create meaningful, personalized, and unique gifts meant to leave a lasting impression. I had the opportunity to work with Catherine, Bestowe’s founder and creative force, to craft an experience through the act of giving. 

The Process 

Catherine makes the brainstorming process straightforward and easy, making sure you feel like you are involved every step of the way, or as much as you want to be. She takes care to get to know you and asks you just the right questions to get what you want to look how you want it to look. And don’t get me started about the end look of the gift, which will make your bridesmaids and groomsmen, or guests (if you are asking for wedding welcome gifts), feel special! Catherine and I brainstormed together several times before arriving at our final vision for our bridal party’s gifts. After emails, calls, and mockups, we landed on our vision. For the bride tribe, we chose a gifting theme emphasized relaxation and light, femine details. For the guys, we honed in on the groom’s passion for homebrewing beer and settled on warm leather tones as our color scheme. Catherine built out their gifts by centering on Kyle’s passion project for the wedding, his homebrewed beers. She worked with us to create custom labels and names for each beer (oh, did I mention that she is a full-service design house as well!). She creatively presented us with Hoppy Matrimony, Sweet Sweet Love, and Beerly Beloved labels to add to our unique gifting experience. We used the labels on the rest of the bottles that we had at the bar for our guests as well.

The outcome? Beyond my grandest gifting dreams. 

The Results 

Catherine curated items, many from local small business, to create our custom boxes, which was important to us to convey who we were, where we came from, and more about our destination wedding: like a beautiful pint glass etched the destination of our Mendocino wedding for the groomsman. We wanted to add pieces that would be useful for the Big Day from sunrise to sunset. For both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, we aimed to gift pieces that they would enjoy during the wedding weekend and beyond.

For the Bridesmaids

French Girl Cosmetics for setting the tone of relaxation and pampering with calming Rose Sea Polish and moisturizing Lip Tint  in Ambre Noire  (that is, if I do say so myself, my all-time favorite beauty product) 

Sincerely Sofi Designs PJ Set perfect for a relaxing, silky, and cozy wedding morning

Una Lou Rose for toasting with as we prepped (and add a pretty pop of color to our gift)

Palete Polish in Earl Grey for adding a light, pretty, and femine touch to our look for the day. 

Sachi Style Earrings in Grey Moonstone for adding a stunning finishing touch to pair with my bridesmaid’s formal gowns. 

For the Groomsmen 

The Groom’s Homebrewed Beers complete with custom labels designed by Catherine herself 

Fire Road Bottle Opener for cracking a cold one with the boys (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun)

Map Pint Glasses for sipping Kyle’s brews in a glass that gave a custom ode to our wedding venue, complete with “Poppinga Brewing Co.” etched in the glass

Leather Luggage Tags by Lifetime Leather Co. for dark leather accents and custom monograms for each groomsman

Teakwood + Leather Candle by BASIK for a masculine scent and an ode to Bestow Gfting’s Bay Area roots 

Dress Socks by the Tie Bar for adding a dash of color to the groomsmen’s formal look

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