NEED Opinions- DIY Bridesmaid Gifts? Cheap or Classy?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Is it ok to DIY Bridesmaids Gifts?
    OK to DIY. : (34 votes)
    89 %
    DIYing gifts is cheap. : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I am DIYing my bridesmaid gifts, although I have one male attendant who probably wouldn’t appreciate a crystal necklace or clutch purse so I’m not sure what to do with him 🙂

     

    IMHO, DIY gifts, assuming they are well done, are more personal and heartfelt that storebought ones. 

    Post # 4
    Bee
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

    I think what you’re planning is lovely and not cheap at all!

    Post # 5
    Member
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think everything you’re planning looks great. However, I never wear flipflops and don’t use a clutch, so just make sure your bridesmaids are the type to get some use out of what you’re making.

    Post # 6
    Member
    6573 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I love the clutches! I think it’s great to DIY, it makes things so much more personal. One of my friends gave me jewelry she made, and I love it!

    Post # 7
    Member
    1873 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I think that your gifts are lovely–I think the flip flops are darling.

    However. And please don’t get offended, I’m just trying to give you an honest opinion: as BM many times over, I probably wouldn’t keep the clutch–and this isn’t a comment on your taste or sewing abilities or whatever, but more a comment on the fact that clutches are tricky. A clutch is one of those things that’s very specific to a girl’s sense of style and if your fabric choice and frame style doesn’t match the BM’s sense of style, then she’s probably not going to keep it or, it’ll go in the back of the closet as a sentimental gift. Perhaps something a little more casual, like a cosmetics bag or pencil/camera case might get more use.

    Post # 8
    Member
    776 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I like all those! Did you embroder those bags yourself? If so I would love to know how!! Just an FYI its SUPER easy to make necklaces like that you can get the beads on artbeads.com and you only need a few tools, the clutches on the other hand….I tried to make some for my BMS and FAILED big time, I hope you have better luck then me but I am just suggesting it may be easier to make the necklaces and buy the clutches (I ended up buying my BM clutches on a great sale at Macys for $15 each).  Good luck!

    Post # 9
    Member
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I love all of these ideas! I think it’s perfectly fine to DIY as long as you are creative and do a good job (which I’m not!). Thank God for Etsy!!

    Post # 11
    Member
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve only received a BM gift once, and for the FAR more convenient and inexpensive wedding I was in.  The other one, I got a little heart-shaped jewelry box with my name engraved on it.  I imagine it’d be the equivalent of just your necklace.  And this is not berating the brides I’ve attended – just pointing out you have far more than enough IMO.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I think the items are really cute. I agree that the clutch may not be everyone’s taste, but honestly, that’s just a risk you take whenever you give someone a gift. Are you hoping that they use the clutches the day of your wedding? If not, I like the makeup bag idea @JennyW1 had!

    Post # 14
    Member
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Lovely! I am making DIY Glass Pearl Necklaces and they are coming out oh so beautifully! It would have cost so much money  to get them anything similar.

    To me, a DIY gift is 10x better than a bought gift because it took time, heart and effort.

    Post # 15
    Member
    1873 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @Kitty285: Oooh, I like the idea of a removable flower. And if you wanted, you could reuse some of the extra fabric from your clutches and make the flowers for the flip-flops out of those–it’d be matchy, but who wears flip flops with a clutch anyway?

    Post # 16
    Member
    776 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Kitty285 – wow! nice work, would you mind telling me what kind?

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