Post # 1
I have never been a bridesmaid, so I’m very new to the whole “bridesmaid gift” thing. Every idea I think of just sounds dumb. So, I turn to you guys! If you have been a bridesmaid before, what has been the best and/or worst gift you have gotten?? Honestly is appreciated, I need some advise here!
Post # 3
I am with you mpacif! I have never been a bridesmaid either so don’t know how cliche my gifts are.
So far I have:
body lotion and body spray from B&BW for each
Jewelry for the day of – 3 pc set earrings, bracelet and necklace
flip flops I am making out of Old Navy flip flops and swarovski crystals
If you think any of these are overdone, I’d appreciate your advice as well!
Post # 4
Hey there! I’ve been a bridesmaid in 9 weddings. Yes 9! The worst gift I got was not getting a gift at all. The night of the RD the bride and groom gave out all their gifts to eveyone else in the room and completely forgot the Bridesmaids. The next day when getting ready she said sorry for forgetting your gifts. And handed us a small votive candle. Basically they came from the hotel gift shop! Then to top it off the thank you cards were printed out on the computer they didn’t even hand sign them!
I’ve gotten all kinds of good gifts over the years. My fav was on the day of the wedding we all went and had a back massage together. She gave us some lotions and soaps from B & BW. And also gave us the jewelry to wear with the dress.
Miss Hot Sauce- I think your’s sounds great!
Post # 5
I’ve only been a bridesmaid twice, and I’m not sure I got anything… hmm.
I completely spoiled my girls. I gave them monogrammed robes, Kate Spade clutches, pearl earrings and necklace, flip flops, and SoleMates for their heels.
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Post # 6
I’m with you in this boat, never been a bridesmaid, so I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m giving each girl:
-A totebag in their favorite color (made by me) All below items will be inside:
-Jewelry (earrings and bracelet made by me, necklace with a charm that suites their personality via dogeared.com)
-The Bridesmaid Survival Kit
-A shawl or pashmina for the wedding day
-Bottled water and snacks
I just have to hope that those things are ok and enough, I wanted to do more than that but FI says it’s too much already.
Post # 7
wow, i want to be your bridesmaid missomally! i’ve only been a bridesmaid once, and the only thing i remember getting is the necklace to wear with the dress, which was a silver flip flop. it was a beach wedding so it was very pretty on the day, but i don’t wear it often.
Post # 8
I’m also a little worried about what to give my bridesmaids since there are EIGHT of them. I would love to do something like missomally but I could never afford it 8 times over!
Post # 9
wow missomally! you done good!! i think gifts should never be expected, but on that token…i LOVE to give! i’m not sure yet what to give, but you ladies have some great ideas! i think personal gifts are the best (if you really know that’s what they’d enjoy!).
Post # 10
@missomally – Oh please share where you got those robes from! and what are soul-mates? Is that so you don’t sink in to the grass? Your gifts sound wonderful.
Post # 11
I know! I went totally overboard. I felt like they all deserved it though. They threw me an engagement party, a bridal shower, a bachelorette party, bought their own dresses, traveled all the way to Wyoming for our wedding and never once complained. They were amazing.
I got the robes from a little store here in town, but I know they’re available online at a bunch of places. And I got the Kate Spade bags on eBay – they retail for $225, but I got them for $70 each! Score! My husband is good friends with our jeweler, so the pearls were real, but he gave us a great deal. And yes, the SoleMates were to keep their heels from sinking during the ceremony since it was outside in the grass.
Post # 12
I think whatever you can afford…even if its from the dollar store! Maybe you can make it personal. Get them a journal and write a note or a poem to them on the inside. Take them out to lunch after the wedding or invite them over your house to show them all the wedding pics….maybe you could frame a picture of you and all them at your wedding so each one could have it to remember the special day with you. I was a bridesmaids once for my MOH and she gave us each a necklace and bracelet to wear for the day of and a little cosmetic bag and a little personal item inside…at the time she used to call be Carebear and knew I loved the Good Luck Carebear and got me a little chapstick with the good luck care bear on it…it was the sweetest thing because it was our little inside joke!
Im thinking of jewelry for the day of and a little purse with a little personal item inside and Ive paid for their dresses…my two bms are my future stepdaughters…12 and 14 so we paid for their dresses and my MOH’s dress. So there is three total.
Like I said do what you feel you can afford and what you think they may like. 🙂
Post # 13
I think i’m going to get each bridesmaid something different. but mainly jewely maybe some lotion and perfume
Post # 14
This is a good topic. I’ve been a BM 3 times. Twice were for my sisters. Let me try to remember what I got. Um. I can’t remember. I know for a fact I was a horrible BM all 3 times. 🙁 I wish there were blogs for BMs not just for brides! HAha. Not that I would have read them….
Anyway. I got my 3 BMs pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet, a mother-of-pearl pendant necklace, all to wear the day-of, plus a silk monogrammed jewelry pouch. I think I want to get a set of notecards for each of them, too. I can’t think of anything else. They’re all married with kids so I feel like I’m a step behind them. OH! And I want to get them foot petals b/c a girl on my local knot board did that and her BMs LOVED them.
Post # 15
I’m on a pretty low budget, sadly, but I chose a handmade glass necklace for both of my girls from the Saturday Market and also got each of them a little gift box of handmade soaps (one bar and two soap truffles) and a lotion bar tin from a lovely vendor, also at Saturday Market. I’m also going to treat them to manicures and pedicures and facials the day before the wedding.
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’ve been a bridesmaid three times. The first time I got a bath/lotion giftset, the second time I had my dress, hair and makeup paid for, and the third time… well, the wedding is on Saturday and so far I haven’t got anything, so we’ll see.
The second was the best. At this point, lotions go straight into the trash can because I seem to get these every Christmas and birthday from people who don’t know me very well anyway and I have enough lotion to last a lifetime!