Post # 1
My mother has very generously offered to pay for the bridesmaid gifts which is very kind of her. She would like to give them LL Bean tote bags in the wedding colors with their names on them because she loves her LL Bean bag so much.
In addition to the bags I was going to purchase pashmina/shawls for them as the wedding is in winter and the dresses they have are sleeveless.
Finally, we were going to buy each of them a flower umbrella because I thought they would be cute in pictures and it might rain that day. I have five bridesmaids and thought we could each have a different flower.
My concern is that these gifts may not be personalized enough. While LL Bean tote bags are nice I have five different totes and don’t need more. The pashminas are essential I think seeing as how they need something to keep them warm but while the umbrellas are nice, I’m not sure how desirable they really are.
Thoughts? Are these good gifts or not? (Sorry the pics are big! Tried to resize but didn’t work!)
Post # 3
I love the umbrellas! Even if it doesn’t rain I would use them in the pics! They will make for super awesome group photos! Something like that would be fun to have (depending on your group), even if I didn’t use it that much I would totally have it hanging out to be seen! I like the shawl idea as well. I think that these two gifts are very nice gifts… and totes are always nice…
Post # 4
That sounds really nice, any girl could use a good tote and pashmina, and the umbrellas are just lovely. Hopefully they’d get a lot of use out of them.
Post # 5
I think they are all great! Go for it!
Post # 6
Those are lovely gifts! I absolutely love the umbrellas, I might just have to order one for myself 🙂
Post # 7
LOVE! Especially if you could get one in your wedding flower!
Post # 8
Those are adorable umbrellas! I would be super happy if I got those gifts.
Post # 9
I like those gifts!!! Especiaally the LL bean bag. Can it be monogrammed instead of having their first name? I <3 monograms and you could put your new monogram on it.
Post # 10
@PinkMagnolia: You want the bridesmaids to have a tote bag with the monogram of the couple?
Post # 11
Those are great gifts that are fun & practical!
I like the idea to have each BM’s name embroidered on the bags. I am wondering about PinkMagnolia’s suggestion, too… I received a tote bag as a Bridesmaid or Best Man gift a couple years ago, and it had the name of the bride & groom on it along with their wedding date. I have never once used it. I feel bad about it because it was such a nice thought, but honestly, I just feel weird about carrying a bag around with someone else’s names & wedding date on it!
So, I definitely think your idea to put the BM’s names on the bags is a good one!
Post # 12
I dont like any of them… no offense. Beyond the wedding day I would throw the tote bag in with all my other totes to use for groceries… but that about it. I already have shawls and a really nice umbrella, although the umbrella is cute and would be good for pictures I can’t see myself really using any of the gifts after the wedding.
I would also ask your girls if they like monograms or their name or neither, I asked my girls and the response varied.
Post # 13
I think the gifts are all nice ideas, but I would steer clear of putting YOUR monogram on anything that you’re giving them as a gift. If you want to monogram each girl’s tote bag with their own initials, that’s another story. Like a PP mentioned, I wouldn’t want to carry around a bag w/ someone else’s wedding date!
And those umbrellas are SO awesome!
Post # 14
None of them are things I would use, but it depends on your bridesmaids. If you think they will like them, get them.
Post # 15
I love all the gifts because they are all practical. A pashmina and umbrella are always useful. And I loooove the umbrellas you chose. The only thing I would suggest is not having the bags embroidered. As an adult I don’t really care for embroidery on my things. that very much reminds of sorority days.