Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone had any DIY ideas that they have seen/done for the bridal party? I was thinking about possibly making tumblers with each maid’s name on them in the wedding colors. Any other ideas or suggestions? I am trying to stay under $200 for 5 bridesmaids. I would like to get a few gifts for them. Any suggestions would help! Thanks!
Post # 2
HopeIsMyAnchor: If I were a bridesmaid, I would rather have one item chosen for me for whatever your budget might be, than a bunch of small items. Somehow many people have the idea that when it comes to bridesmaid gifts, more (in terms of numbers of gifts) is better.
Personalized items would be at the bottom of my wish list. I like a matched set of glassses, so your tumbler would probably be donated to the thrift shop after the wedding. If you plan on using them for cute pics while you are getting ready, go ahead with it. But, if you are hoping it will be a keepsake, it’s not likely.
I suggest you shop for each of your attendants as if it were their birthday. Buy them individualized gifts.
Post # 3
I purchased some charm bracelets on etsy along with a set of charms that reminded me of each of them. I added charms from each set to the bracelets so they could carry a little of each other with them because they are all so importamt to me. This shop has so many charms it was easy to find it all here. Bohemian Findings
Post # 4
I, personally, am not a fan of personalized gifts. I have been given sooooo many as a bridesmaid and everytime I receive it I can’t help but think, “Yes, I know my own name, I don’t need a tote, tumblr, bathrobe, and wineglass to tell me what it is.” I also loathe wearing or carrying anything with my name on it out in public. Additionally, your wedding colors may not even be colors they like, so getting them something in colors for YOUR wedding doesn’t seem like that great of a gift. My friend actually did that for her wedding: She had navy blue and yellow…so all of our gifts were navy blue and yellow. I don’t particularly care for those colors, so I never use the items (plus they remind FI of Michigan colors and he is so not okay with that, haha).
I go on a lot of these bridesmaid gift threads (as I am just starting to think about possible gifts–I still have plenty of time, though) and I definitely see a recurring theme of: monogrammed or something with your bridesmaids name, something in the bride’s wedding colors, jewelry for the wedding day, or bridesmaid survival kits: basically, a lot of little gifts that don’t really reflect the bridesmaids and their relationship to the bride. I don’t really think that to be a good gift it has to be something for the wedding or a bunch of little things. Treat each gift as if you are shopping for their birthdays. If you feel there would be favoritism–than have your girls open them privately or at a different time and not all together. I promise you, your girls will be more appreciative if it looks like you put some thought and effort into it as opposed to buying x amount of things in bulk and giving everyone the same gift.
For the DIY aspect: I thought of putting together little baskets for each girl filled with things I KNOW they would like: a movie, their favorite bottle of wine, etc., but then I decided to just get them something more personal and less generic. If you want to DIY and still remain affordable scour Pinterest for ideas–they’ll have tons.
Post # 5
Go to your local dollar store and buy wine glasses and customize them with paint anf glitter and the day of they will all have their own glasses and will look great in photos. I did and it cost be $10.00 for 6 glasses that is including paint and glitter.
Post # 6
I made my girls customized jewelry (made from left over findings and old watch parts) and sewed macaroon coin purses, less than $10 per bridesmaid.