Post # 1
So I’m seeing a lot of people give a monogrammed koozie or some alcohol related item, and personalized robes and the like, and I just don’t think it’s special. I tried to think of something that is nice and memorable, but I also want to give them something they actually want! So if you were in my bridal party, how would you feel about receiving this gift:
1. A necklace to be worm during the wedding but to keep 2. a personalized picture frame to put your favorite picture from the wedding in 3. Your favorite wine 4. A $50 gift card to your favorite store (not everyone will be the same here) 4. A handwritten thank you
Post # 3
emilythehutt: The wine, the gift card and the thank you note are plenty. The jewelry may be pretty but it is a prop for your wedding. I would not display someone else’s wedding pic, but they might.
Post # 4
emilythehutt: I’d love that! I gave. Few of those same items to my 2 girls-earrings to wear day of and keep afterwards, gift card to a store they liked, along with a cosmetic pouch that matched the wedding colors and a tote bag. I gave them a bottle of wine when I asked them :). Love the frame idea!
Post # 5
Well … is your goal something they want or something memorable? These gifts definitely are practical and appreciated, but no, they’re not that memorable. I personally think that’s okay – I think there’s too much pressure on brides to do something “different” or whatever.
A general consensus that I’ve come to understand about WeddingBee is that bridesmaid gifts aren’t supposed to be wedding related at all. I’ve heard people say that giving your bridesmaids necklaces is really giving them part of their “uniform” for the wedding. I didn’t used to see it this way but now I kinda do. About the picture frame – maybe if they are super cute frames and you make sure your photographer takes a picture of you two alone? My friend gave me one from her wedding and it’s on a bookshelf in my office, but she’s terrible at DIY and it’s a little haggard looking haha
Post # 6
Oh wait – the handwritten note is so special and sweet and I’d keep it foreverrrrr! As long as it was long and not like “thanks for being there on my day I <3 you!” More like a letter, maybe.
Post # 7
I think giving jewelery is pretty standard but if it’s supposed to be worn at the wedding then it really isn’t a “gift.” I rarely have worn jewelery given to me as part of a bridal party as it tended to be not my style or so matchy to the dress or color scheme that I have no reason to wear it again. I think if you do jewelery and truly want it to be a gift give them something that they are not required to wear at the wedding (some will wear it anyway to show their appreciation but make it their choice) and something sort of neutral and/or a piece you know they would really like.
A frame is fine and may be used but don’t expect them to put a picture of the wedding in it. Most people don’t keep photos of others wedding in there home unless they are family.
I agree with your statement about robes, no one really wants them. That being said I would totally be into a monogrammed coffee container or something like that because I would actually use it. Gift cards are brilliant.
Post # 8
If you gave me my favourite wine and a gift card or one of the big boxes of Laura Secords I’d probably die of happiness – forget the rest. I agree that koozies are blah gifts (IMO, anyway). I’m not opposed to the necklace if it’s so simple and tasteful that I could wear in anywhere; if it’s like costume jewellery to be worn at the wedding or similar then it’s not really a gift. As for the picture frame, the sentiment is sweet but unless the bride was my sister, I doubt I’d keep a picture from her wedding on display in my house.
Post # 9
emilythehutt: I think it depends on how well you know your maids. I personally, would rather have a swanky handbag or piece of jewelry to wear after the wedding than all of the above – check out Kate Spades jewelry, for example. But since tastes vary, it might be kind of hard to buy something like that for your group.
Post # 10
emilythehutt: I think that sounds like a thoughtful and generous gift. 🙂