- 8 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
I got each of my BMs something different and basically shopped like it was their birthday.
Maid/Matron of Honor: Coach wristlet, infinity ring, Tweety Bird mug (we LOVED Tweety when we were little), and either a bracelet, earrings, or a purse mirror (haven’t decided which of those 3 yet).
Bridesmaid or Best Man1: Detroit Tiger’s baseball jersey
Bridesmaid or Best Man2: SmartWool shirt (we’ve started doing a lot of hiking and camping together and and this stuff is SUPER awesome for it)
Bridesmaid or Best Man3: She’s getting married a few months after me so I’m getting her a Honeymoon bag (beach cover-up dress, flip flops, snorkle gear, beach bag, and mini bottles of sun screen, aloe, and hand sanitizer).
Bridesmaid or Best Man4: Pride & Prejudice book purse (see picture below), photo album from a vacation we took together, and a nerdy travel mug.
I’m also getting them all pashmina shawls in our wedding colors and will treat them to a mani and pedi before the wedding.
Well…I’ve been a bridesmaid 10 times…yes 10! It was honor to be in each of them and the gifts have ranged from jewelry (hand-made and store-purchased) to monogrammed bags, totes, lotion/body wash sets, notepads, etc. All of these I would consider great gifts because it’s the thought that counts behind.
My wedding is in a couple of weeks and my girls are getting:
-Monogrammed toiletry bags with jewelry inside for the day of the wedding, Bath and Body Anti-baceterial lotion, deoderant, notepads to stick on their fridge for handy reminders, travel kleenex packs, advil and Victoria’s Secret Bridesmaid panties. I also made each one of them a decorated redneck wineglass.
I would’ve loved to give them more, but considering I had 8 of them plus a Jr. Bridesmaid and a Flower and 10 ladies in my House Party to purchase something for I just financially couldn’t do it. Hope this idea helps someone!
Okay girls, tell me what your thoughts are regarding the gifts I got for MY girls.
Since two of my girls don’t wear jewelry (my sister and my niece), I bought them each a purse that I chose to each of their liking along with wind chimes. My mom passed away about 7 years ago and since she always loved wind chimes, I bought my sister one with an angel on it and my niece, I bought one with butterflies. My mom always loved butterflies in addition, so I thought that would be a worthy gift for each of them.
Since we are having a sort of antiquey, shabby sheik (however it’s spelled) wedding, I chose something different for each of my girls regarding bracelets and earrings.
I’m giving them each three different bracelets tied together with ribbon to match their dresses along with earrings to match their personalities. My Maid of Honor is a “post earring” type of girl so I found some really cute ribbon posts at an antique store for her..and for my other good friend..I chose some dangly feminine type of earrings for her. Each of them is also getting a small little purse to carry for the day along with a small little compact tucked inside that I got at the Dollar Store.
In addition, for my two friends, I also found these wonderful necklaces that are partly a thin silver chain…a thin black rope..three silver beads on either side..and then there is a (about and inch in diameter) cubic zirconia heart that hangs down from it with a small little medallion behind it with the words “friendship”.
I hope it all looks good together, but I put the bracelets all on along with the necklace and it all seems to go with our unmatchy “shabby sheik” theme. 🙂
By The Way..thanks for all the tips. I THINK I have all my ends covered regarding gifts..what TO get and what not to get for my girls.
And again..I think the worst gifts I got as a bridesmaid was an afterthought..I think they just plain forgot which tends to happen and as a bride you think..”OMG..the attendant gifts!!
I’ve been in 2 weddings, the first wedding I recieved a necklace that was sterling silver and had one of those circle pendants. I think it could have been a lot nicer if the circle was a little smaller though- it was about an inch wide. We were given it at the rehersal dinner. We also got to pull out charms from a cake- I got the wedding bells charm, which was funny because several days before, I had just gotten engaged. I never wore the necklace after the wedding nor have I seen any of the other girls wear theirs.
The second time I recieved a nice pearl earrings and necklace set- given the day of to be worn on the day. However I got a horrible rash on my neck from the necklace. I am allergic to poor quailty metals and can only wear gold or silver. It was a beautiful set, much nicer than the other necklace, unfortunately I don’t wear it either- and since all the girls were in the same wedding as me again- I have never seen any of them wearing the jewerly from it either.
I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor. While I appreciated both gifts, I definitely felt disappointed considering that both weddings I put in a lot of time, money and/or help with the bride. Maid/Matron of Honor: first initial post-it, a travel book, glass cup, frame, sunblock and notebook. Years later I still have everything but the frame. Bridesmaid or Best Man: soap, day of earrings, hair pins and bracelet. They’re just sitting on my dresser. I know I will never use them again but I hate the thought of throwing them away.
I’m giving my BMs old navy flip flops (to change in when dancing), champagne glasses I’m decorating myself (to use to drink with me the night before the wedding), zip up hoodies, wallet/clutch for the day of, and a $75 gift card. I’m not monogramming in hopes that they will actually use these later. I’d also love feedback on your thoughts bees!
I am paying for my Maid/Matron of Honor and BM’s dress and hair & makeup. I am also buying them personalized birthstone bracelets with pearls and simple pearl earrings (both from Etsy). I think pearl is so classy and can be worn with almost anything!
I am one of those very hands-on brides so I don’t see my Maid/Matron of Honor or BM’s working hard. I’m only asking them to decorate the tables with candles, that’s it!
love this thread!
Since I have a license to officiate and am pretty decent with words, I usually get asked to officiate rather than be a bridesmaid.
So if you widen the description to bridal party in general..
Best: $100 Victorias Secret gift card
Worst: Nothing (as a bridesmaid).
I have never been a Bridesmaid or Best Man before so I can’t say what was the best or worst gift I’ve gotten.
I’m trying to spoil my girls but I am a bride on a tight budget. I purchased the girls lunch totes from exclusively weddings. They were on sale for $7.99 each. Only the giraffe print was left but I LOVE giraffe print so that worked out! I added their first names in Pink on them ($6 extra for each tote). I plan on making their lunch for them on the day of the wedding and putting it in their totes (they will be spending the night with me at my parents’ home). I purchased broaches ($12.99 each at exclusively weddings) with their titles on them (ex: Maid/Matron of Honor, BM) for them to wear at the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Everyone will be getting together for the first time so we needed that. I purchased white flip flops for all my guests but I’m going to do something extra for the girls (add ribbon or crystals.. haven’t decided yet). I purchased cotton robes ($5 each) for them to wear. I am going to put their names on the back of the robes using crystals. I also bought them hangers personalized with their names ($4 each). I am going to add a coral bow to it when it comes in. And I also plan on purchasing accessories of their choosing to wear to the wedding . I don’t know how much all that stuff costed me but I don’t want to add it up!
Oh these ideas are great! I was thinking clutches full of stuff as well, glad to see some ideas of what to fill it with!
I’ve never been a Bridesmaid or Best Man before… even though we are having a very low-key wedding, I want to make sure everyone who participated is happy!
Im getting my girls hair and make up done, shoes, jewelry for the day of and I found these beautiful champagne glasses at a vintage store that I’ll be taking to have ingraved with their initials. The groomsmen are getting pilsner glasses with J’s engraved ( grromsman and groom all have the same initials J.S. haha, and each with have a small personal trinket the groom has picked out.
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