(Closed) jewelry a gift?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
Hostess
11299 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Dunno. But I’ve worn jewellery given to me when I was a BM. I suppose it depends on the jewellery and individual tastes etc.

Post # 4
Member
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I guess hair/makeup is a gift, but a short-sided one because it only lasts for one day.  Jewelry is something tangible that they can keep, so it’s seen as more of a gift, regardless of how the receiving end likes it.

Post # 5
Member
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

I wear stud pearl earrings I got as a BM gift almost everyday.  I think I wear the pearls because I consider them ‘classic’, but stuff with rhinestones, or bigger pieces I probably wouldn’t because they don’t match my everyday look.  I would much rather have my dress, hair, or makeup paid for.  I think it’s just hard to buy gifts for multiple girls and jewelry for the wedding is a great option because you know it will go with at least one thing they own.

Post # 6
Hostess
11299 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@M.Ruder: Yes agree, it’s something tangible.

Post # 8
Member
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was given one piece of jewlery as a bridesmaid’s gift that I wore again. It was a really special piece that I love, and I was even tricked into picking it out (without my knowing)! But it was less a gift for being a bridesmaid, and more a gift for planning the wedding/reception and for doing all of the centerpieces, bouquets, boutonieers, etc. The rest of the BMs got something different and mine was given to me in private a few days after the wedding. The rest of the jewlery that I have been given has never been worn.

If you will pay for dress/hair as the gift I don’t see a problem with that but I think that I would mention it as being “part of their gift”. Then you could write them each a nice personal letter with an inexpensive DIY token of your affection (like a photo album of pics of the two of you or something). That way they are not empty handed at the rehersal dinner and the gift has a sentimental value.

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