Post # 1
First of all, I love all four of my Bridesmaids very much. They’ve been so wonderful and helpful and I have to say, I might be one of the lucky ones, because there hasn’t been one ounce of drama.
I chose a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for them from David’s Bridal, which was $99 and asked that they wear any silver shoes they feel comfortable in. I think a couple of them had to buy new shoes, but I didn’t put any restrictions or anything.
I am providing someone on-site to do hair and make up for everyone but am not paying for the services, because they’re optional, but all four want to have their hair done and two of them will have their make up done.
For gifts, I have bought them all day-of jewelry: I bought my Maid/Matron of Honor a pretty necklace and earrings set and I bought the other three bridesmaids a pair of pearl earrings and each of the four of them will also be getting a sparkly bangle bracelet and silver handbag for the day. Their “real” gifts (not to be worn on day-of) are sterling silver hand-made Calligraphy style Initial necklaces.
I sort of wanted to get them something else, but I don’t necessarily want to get them another “thing” to use on the day of the wedding and I thought about giving them each cash, but that seems… odd to me. I’d like to offset some of the costs, but at the same time, they don’t HAVE to spend the money for hair and make-up – it’s only if they wanted it and I don’t want to give the impression that I think any of the money they’ve spent they didn’t WANT to spend, if that makes any sense.
I’m not sure – what else could I give them to let them know how appreciative I am and how much I care about them?
Post # 3
@csteen85: I think what you are giving them is sufficient. Maybe you could get them each a little bit of a “care” package for the day of with things they could use during the day of and a nice thank you/appreciation card. 🙂
Post # 4
I got my girls gift cards in addition to their other gifts. A $15 gift card at Sephora is a nice little “add-on” gift IMO. Then I handmade them a pop-up card using this tutorial http://papergardenprojects.com/blog/2009/06/03/pop-up-gift-card-holder-tutorial/
Post # 5
Maybe consider a gift certificate for a mani/pedi? That’s what I’m doing along with my material gifts.
Post # 6
If you want to do something a little extra, you could take them to lunch the day before, or take them out to get their nails done.
Post # 7
These are all great ideas. I was definitely thinking of getting a manicure the day before anyway, so maybe taking them with me for that will be the icing on the cake. Thanks bees!
Post # 8
If you want to add something extra, I as a bridesmaid would probably like a nice dinner rather than more stuff. However, if only two of them are going for the professional make up – could this be an indication that the other two don’t feel like they can afford it? Because if you think that’s the reason, I think it would be a nice gesture to just say “Hi girls, you know what – I’ve changed my mind, I want you all to feel a little pampered that day so I’ll cover the makeup”.
Post # 9
I got my bridesmaids personalized bags in there favorite color and filled them with beach stuff (including a pair of silver flip flops they can wear on the wedding day after the cermemony)! I am hoping they will love them. These bags are a really good price, high quality, and super cute in the different colors!
Post # 10
I got my girl’s kate spade hand bags (on sale) and I’m going to add a sephora gift card (probably $25)
Post # 11
@csteen85: My girls are all getting their hair done at the salon with me, so in addition to their gifts I’m giving them a $20 gift card to the salon, to help with the cost of their hair styles. I think they’ll appreciate that!