Post # 1
If you read this- can you let me know what your thoughts are as to whether or not this is a good idea? Thanks in advance!
I have seven bridesmaids. Four are sisters, which should explain a bit, but that is still an absurd amount. I have been wracking my brain for bridesmaids gifts that are unique, worthwhile, and different for each one of them- because it shows that I put thought into it. we are already getting everyone flip flops to wear at the reception that are from each of their colleges (from a company called Toegoz)- so that is unique to each girl, but I need something else…
My sister is my matron of honor, and I realized that she doesn’t have a good picture at all of her and her husband with their two daughters. So I am thinking of talking to my photographer and seeing how much it would cost to have a picture from the wedding framed. If the photographer does do this, then I would give my sister a gift certificate to have this done. She could pick any print she wants from our wedding, and have it framed.
What do you guys think? And should I use this for all the bridesmaids? I figure that the bridesmaids can each pick a shot that they want the photographer to take and then have it framed. Or do you think that with so many other people taking pictures of the wedding that it would be redundant?
Post # 3
That’s a sweet idea, the only glitch would be that they wouldn’t have the gift before the wedding day which is when the bride traditionally gives the BMs their gifts. But if that doesn’t matter to you (it wouldn’t matter to me either way), then go for it! I think it’s great!
Post # 4
I think that is a really neat & unique idea. However, with seven bridesmaids are you concern about costs at all? I think framing a picture by your photographer can get pretty pricey. I’m assuming. What about having them pick a print when the pictures are available for online viewing. You order the edited prints from your photographer and you can pick out a really nice frame yourself (often 50% off at Michaels) for each of the girls then frame it, wrap it and give it to them that way?
I think they would like a really nice professional momento from your wedding too!
Post # 5
Thank you guys. I really like the idea for my sister and brother in law (both are in the wedding) and my future brother in law- since both of them have families and it would be something they would definitely appreciate. I just wondered if it was a stretch for the other bridesmaids. One of them got married last year, so she has a TON of pictures already with her husband, but actually none of the two of us. For another bridesmaid I was thinking of a picture of all of us from college framed, since we definitely don’t have one of those. As for the cost, I am looking to spend no more than $75 per bridesmaid and so I would obviously have to see how much it would be to have the photographer frame the shot, or if I should go to Michael’s. I would love to have something to give them the night before – which is at least what the flip flops are for. But with the picture idea, I figure each bridesmaid can think about what they would definitely like a picture of, and tell me or the photographer the day of the wedding. The way I see it, my wedding day will hopefully be one day where I look amazing, and will want pictures taken. and if I was a bridesmaid I would want pictures from that day since I will have had my hair and makeup done etc….
is it overall a good idea for everyone or should I just do it for the people who have kids and keep looking?
Post # 6
I think that’s an awesome idea! For your MOH you can do the one of your family, another bridesmaid one with all the college girls, etc. I think it’s really sweet and sentimental. You just have to figure out which ones you want and ask your photographer to take the pictures!
Post # 7
I think this is a really nice, thoughtful gift. One little thing to keep in mind, though, is that your MOHs may not have much wall space, so try to figure out if they would rather have a wall frame, or a standing frame.
Another thought is that if you have pictures with them from another time, you could get a less expensive frame that has, say, three spaces and have two from the past, and one from your wedding. To a college friend, for example, that would be a great gift.