It’s officially just 52 days until my wedding day, and I’ve been thinking long and hard about the gifts I’m going to give to my four bridesmaids. My chief bridesmaid Christina, is my sister, she’s four years’ younger than me, but has been my best friend and confidante since my early twenties, and my three other bridesmaids, Anna, Erika and Becca have been my friends since I was five years old. Erika was the first person I met on my first day at school, and as it turned out, she lived in a road very close to my house growing up. In fact, all four of us, including Anna and Becca, grew up in the same neighbourhood.  We’ve spent thirty years together, sharing everything that life has thrown at us, from being kids and standing up to the bullies on the block, to bike rides and sunbathing on Anna’s shed roof as 12 year olds, to sitting our GCSE’s and getting our first boyfriends, to the harder parts of life, supporting each other when family members were sick, to nursing a broken heart, and always sticking up for each other, even when we know we’ve not always been in the right. It’s been a roller coaster ride, and I’m so thankful to have them all still firmly in my life. Where the four of us are, there is always laughter, comedy, love and comradery. The fact is, it goes without saying that we’ll always be there for each other.

I wanted my thank-you gift to be something special that would reflect my gratitude, and also a tribute to the wonderful women in my life. After A LOT of research, I’ve decided that anything in The ESSENCE Collection by Pandora is going to make the perfect ‘thank-you’ gift. Besides the obvious – these are ladies that LOVE pretty things, this collection reflects on friendship and wellbeing, and each charm represents something relevant, and something special.

The friendship charm in this case was my first thought, and would be the obvious choice, but the ‘loyalty‘, ‘love‘, ‘joy‘ ‘affection‘ and ‘happiness‘ charms would also make a heart felt gifts. I haven’t decided yet, but a different charm for each bridesmaid to symbolise what their friendship has meant to me over the years…

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