Post # 1
I’d love to hear from other January 2014 about bridal party gifts! I’m making earrings for my bridesmaids, and also giving them personalized wristlets that math their dresses. I would also like to make them pretty hangers to put their dresses on, and maybe decorate champagne flutes and give them those with a little mini champagne bottle and orange juice so we can have mimosas the morning of the wedding! I have 8 girls in my bridal party, so I am trying to do thoughtful things while still not breaking the bank!
What are you planning on doing for your bridesmaids’ gifts?
These are the wristlets I ordered (they were really affordable at ExclusivelyWeddings.com). The girls’ initials will be monogrammed on them.
Post # 3
I’m about to order gifts for my brides ladies as well and I’m totally stymied as to what they would want! I’ve got a small but meaningful gift for each of them and then I wanted to get them something they could use either the day of (like a cosmetic bag? see below) or maybe a Tote bag (see below below)? I’m just not sure that they’d want a cosmetic bag with their initials on it. I like those wristlets! And I love your idea to do decorated champagne flutes–is there somewhere to get those? Or are you planning to DIY the decorations? I’m not at all a creative person so I’m trying to rely on the creativity of others!
Post # 4
@ideasforsomeday: I think the tote bag would be more useful than the cosmetics bag. I know that personally I have a ton of makeup bags that I’ve received as bonus gifts from lancome or clinique, so a personalized one wouldn’t be as useful to me as a tote. Also, the tote is something they would likely use a lot more often!
I’m planning on crafting the champagne glasses myself. I have etching cream from Michael’s (Martha Stewart makes one, as well as Armor Etch). You can buy stencils specifically for use with etcing cream, so it’s really foolproof! I may also use glass paint with stencils, I’m not 100% sure yet. I am thinking of just doing the girls’ initials or names, with the wedding date. There are some adorable options on etsy, but they’re more than I want to spend.
Post # 5
They look lovely, but remember that gifts for other people shouldn’t revolve around your wedding. Earings, hangers for the dresses, purses to match the dresses aren’t much of a gift for the receiver.
Try to include stuff that is just for them, and not to do with your wedding.
Post # 6
@andielovesj: That’s good advice, and I assure you I’ve considered that; however, I think something like a navy wristlet will be used again! I know I’d use it after the wedding, either alone or as something to hold lipgloss, etc. in my purse. Obviously earrings are tricky and given so the girls have jewelry to go with their dresses, but I still wear earrings and jewelry I’ve received as a bridesmaid when I am dressing up a bit. The hanger is obviously so the dresses look nice in pictures….but surely the girls will use the hanger again! Maybe I’ll leave the date off of the champagne glasses so it’s not strictly wedding related, but I know that personally I love monogrammed items or things with initials, and many of my girls do, too!
I’d love to know what you’re getting your wedding party, or what you got them, that wasn’t wedding related and was just for them. Maybe I’ll get some inspiration for other gifts.
Post # 7
OP, you know your girls’ tastes, so just be sure that you really think they’d use those things again. Personally, I’d never use a monogramed wristlet but I suppose someone might. The earrings could be super cute. Since your making them, I’d suggest making them each slightly different and to each girls’ taste. That way they can all match without being the exact same and it’d help ensure your girls would wear them again.
I think the hangers and champagne flutes are fun, but I wouldn’t really consider them gifts for your girls, since they are more for your wedding vision. I think I’d skip the flutes and do something more personal for each girl instead.
I did different gifts for each of my BMs:
Maid/Matron of Honor: Coach clutch, jewelry, Tweety Bird mug (we LOVED Tweety as little girls)
BM#1: SmartWool shirt (she needed good, warm, technical clothes for camping)
BM#2: Detroit Tiger’s jersey
BM#3: Coffee mug and a photo album of a trip we took together
BM#4: Honeymoon bag (sundress, beach bag, snorkel gear). She was getting married about 2 months after us.
Post # 8
@SophieB3: just because they could be used after the wedding, doesn’t make them more for them then you.
Personally, if I get someone a gift my only thought is, “Wow Janice would really love XXXXXXXXXX, I am going to get it for her”
To me if you have to add the proviso of “it matches the wedding colours”, “it can be used at the wedding”, ‘it will look cute in the wedding pictures” regardless of what they could do with it afterwards, it isn’t for them.
If you weren’t getting married would you still be getting them these exact gifts? If yes, then they are gifts just for them. If the answer is no, then it’s a gift for you, or that revolves around you.
I got my girls spa gift certificates for a massage, mani, pedi, and facial to be used after the wedding. 3 of us went together, the other 2 went on their own.
Post # 9
@andielovesj: Those are very thoughtful gifts. It is my personal opinion that a good bridesmaid gift is both a thank you and a memento of the wedding. I know my girls will be happy with the things I have already purchased, and I will be sure to pick thoughtful and special gifts to finish up their goodie bags. In an ideal world money would grow on trees and I could spoil all 8 of my girls with spa trips or gifts worthy of a birthday or Christmas, but that’s not a financial reality for me. We will have to agree to disagree on the gift front.
To all the other bees, perhaps it wasn’t clear in my initial post but I have already purchased and personalized the wristlets and spent hours making earrings. I’m so thrilled with those gifts but I’d love to hear what you are planning for your girls so I can pick up a couple other things to give each of my 8 girls. Criticizing gifts already purchased isn’t helpful, so please refrain from that!