How much should I spend on bridesmaids gifts? What they spent on their dress?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much should you spend on bridesmaids gifts?
    Under $25 per person : (1 votes)
    3 %
    $25 - $50 per person : (12 votes)
    30 %
    $50 - $100 per person : (16 votes)
    40 %
    $100 - $150 per person : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Whatever they spent on their dress : (2 votes)
    5 %
    It depends on how many bridesmaids you have : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    They are doing you a favor by standing up for you so you should get them something to say thank you.  The reception isn’t it.  Personally I don’t like jewelry (or anything else) with brand names all over it – seems like paying to advertise someone’s product.  But you know your bridesmaids.

    Post # 3
    Member
    557 posts
    Busy bee

    I have been in about  weddings…I do not think anyone spent the same amount on me that I spent on the dress. Usually I have been given a bag (like, reusable initialed) with some jewelery in it. What about a make-up bag with their initials and then fill it with the jewelery?

    Post # 4
    Member
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    HannahGrace:  So do you have an answer for the OP’s original question, which is how much should she spend on each girl?

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  sillysillybee.
    Post # 5
    Member
    266 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I can’t afford much but I’m also only making them pay for their dress.  I bought them neckalces with their initials on it and totes with their names embroidered.  I also made them jewelry boxes (I do wood staining as a hobby) and FI’s mom is knitting them matching wraps to wear over their dresses if it gets cold. You know your girls and what they like 🙂  I think those bracelets are cute!  (altogether, I probably spent about $75 on each girl)

    Post # 7
    Member
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Spend what you can afford. As far as I know, there is no solid guideline for it. I approached the gifts as a way to thenk my favorite ladies, not just for their wedding-related stuff, but for all of the love and support they provided in the times before I even knew Mr. LK existed and for all of the support I know they will provide in the many decades yet to come.

    Post # 8
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    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    j1mathieu:  I think the bracelets are cute! I have never heard of spending as much on your BMs as they spent on a dress! In one wedding I was in, my gift was earrings and a necklace from Claire’s I needed to wear for the wedding. In another I received a tank top and a makeup compact with my name engraved, and she paid for our dresses, hair and makeup (though we had to buy certain heels and costume jewelry- over $150)). I think a designer bracelet is a lovely gift!

    Post # 9
    Member
    3047 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I would give something other than jewellery… Something that is clear it is a gift for them rather than something to wear on the day.

    Post # 11
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    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    It’s hard for us to pick out a gift when we don’t know your bridesmaids.  What kinds of things do they like?  You don’t have to get each of them the same thing if they don’t all like the same things.  I think anything personal like you might get them for a birthday would be appropriate.  It doesn’t have to track what they spent on their dress or any other objective measure.

    Post # 12
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    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    j1mathieu:  I have been wondering this too! I was thinking of doing something similar like you. It’s hard because one of my BMs NEVER wears jewelry… so I am thinking of getting them all unique presents. I have not yet figured out what, but will need to figure that out! 

    Post # 13
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    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    If you feel excited to get them these bracelets, get them the bracelets. Particularly if they each get a different one, it will feel somewhat personalized. You have a better feel for what your friends like than anyone on Weddingbee. If you feel excited about it, it probably means they will go over well. Of course, you could also look at the type of jewelry they normally wear and go with that. My MOH loves J.Crew jewelry, so it was an easy choice to get something from there for her. One of my BMs never wears jewelry, so I got her something else.

    Post # 15
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    3047 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    It really depends on what they like… There is something to be said for the ‘separate but equal’ approach, if you all share a common hobby or if you know there is something they all use. Handbags are nice for that purpose, every single person I would consider asking loves tea so that would definitely help theme my gifts – a tea caddy, nice porcelain cups for the traditionalists, and a tea blend that is specisl for the day.

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