Post # 1
I have been thinking long and hard about this.. but I am just not sure! The wedding is not until October next year however, FI and I would like to plan a dinner for our bridal party. I am in the process of making the invitations. I guess in a way it is how we will be formally asking our closest friends/family members to be part of our wedding party. Originally, I was going to buy them all a gift and a card of some sort, although FI and I decided that we will buy them all dinner at a nice restaurant instead. We will be paying for all of their hair/makeup/accessories/dresses/suits/shoes/jewellery, etc for the wedding so we opted to not buy any gifts at this stage.
I have been searching for some invitation ideas for the dinner party..
We Couldn’t Say “I Do” Without You!
Let’s celebrate with a Bridal Party Dinner
Karla & Daniel
…………something like that.
So I guess what I am saying.. is this enough? Should I buy them a gift of some sort? I have no idea what the ‘norm’ is.. I am the first one of my friends to get married 🙂
Post # 3
@kfiorita: I think dinner for your bridal party sounds lovely!
Post # 4
These are your closest friends, and your family. Buying them dinner and asking them to partake in your wedding is a HUGE deal. If it’s not, then you need to think about whether or not they should be a part of your wedding party at all.
Your wedding day should not be a stress filled, crazy day, rather a day of love and joy. If anything is an issue now, it will be an even larger issue day of. Just do what is easy and what feels right!
Post # 5
I think “norms” can depend on where you live and your social group and maybe even how old you are. I think most people expect to pay for things (at least the dress and suits) when they are in the bridal party. But I know it is a trend now for a lot of bride and grooms to pay for these things. I still would consider it pretty generous. I also know it has become popular to ask the bridal party (especially the girls) with cute cards or gifts but many still just pick up the phone and just make a call. So your dinner idea is great and definitely more than enough. Your BP will really appreciate it, I’m sure.
And since you are the first, you might have the advantage of setting the precedent. =)
Post # 6
You are paying for dinner AND all their dresses, shoes, accessories? I’d say that is enough. 🙂
Post # 7
This is definitely enough!!