(Closed) Are gifts for the bridal party necessary/required?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Do we absolutely NEED bridal party gifts?
    Yes! Its a way to show you appriciate them for being there. : (89 votes)
    90 %
    No your friends are there to support you, they dont need extras : (10 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 4
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    i think u can still buy them somthimg.. if they arent being helpful get them cheapie gifts.. even if its on sale at walgreens or the  bargain store its the thought that counts. your thanking them for making the effort to be part of your day. i look at it as a tip, the better you serve me the bigger tip i’ll give, but no matter i stil have a base tip that i always give

    Post # 5
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I voted yes, you should get them something. You don’t have to break the bank but I think giving them something is expected. Are you crafty? If you’re looking to save money I would make them jewelry or something. 

    Post # 6
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    In my opinion, absolutely. Regardless of how helpful they have been, they are putting their time and effort (and money – even if they can reuse the dress, they still had to buy it) into your day. They deserve some sort of a thank you!

    It doesn’t have to be expensive though! Maybe some jewelry they can wear on the day of (and after), or a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant or spa? Just think about what you think your girls would like and go from there – maybe think about what you would get them for a birthday!

    Post # 8
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    Well when I mentioned a spa, I was thinking maybe a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure or something.

    Post # 10
    5388 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    How about giving them thank you cards?

    Post # 11
    2077 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I also voted yes.  Even a personalized card thanking them is a nice gift.  You could use some artsy-fartsy skills (or buy 4 nice cards) and write a letter explaining how grateful you are they they are standing up for you in each of them.  You can personalize it by including thanking them for how that person has been an important part of your relationship with your Fiance (Did you and your Fiance meet through one of them?  Did they support you through a specifically rough time with your FI?  Etc.).  A card, especially if make it yourself, is heartfelt and totally keeps your pocketbook in check.

    I know I’d rather have a heartfelt thank you card than a necklace that I may never wear again.

    Post # 13
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’ve been in weddings where I wasn’t given a gift, so I don’t think they are “required.”  However, I do think it’s a nice gesture if you can get something.  Even if it’s something small; it’s the thought that counts.  We’re on a tight budget too.  I got mine clutches that were on clearance at Target and I’m making little survival kits, most of the items I already had so I’m not spending a lot, but still giving something to show my appreciation.  My maids haven’t all done much either, but I wouldn’t feel right not getting them anything.

    Post # 14
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i was going to suggest make a card with a little note in each.

    i got pashminas for $9 for my bridesmaids online somewhere (dont remember the site)

    Post # 15
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yeah. Shope the $1 store, $1 section at Target. They have cute notepads or stickers or plants for potting or something that can be useful and not cost much.

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