Post # 1
I’ve figured out gifts for my five bridesmaids – I’m giving each of them a satin robe (different colours/patterns), 2x mini bottles of perfume (Givenchy & Lancome), shower gel and some chocolates, which will be put into a nice leather-look make up bag (different colours).
I was going to also give them earrings to wear on the day. Is it ok to give (simple but good quality) costume jewellery, if they are also getting these other things?
I thought it would be a good idea to give them a different pair each, but with all the same coloured stone (blue sapphire). I would have gotten them “real” fine jewellery, but of course there are the boys to think about as well!
If I had decided to only get them earrings, of course I would splurge out and get the real thing.
What do you think?
Post # 3
I think you did great with those Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts and in your case jewelry would be a great addition. I’d take a look at the Christmas sales, tons of pretty jewelry sets available for really good prices at that time of year.
Post # 4
You can if you make sure its good quality. A friend of mine gave us costume jewellery and by the end of the night 3 out of 4 of us had broken earrings and my necklace and arm band did not hold up well. I accidentally dropped the necklace on ceramic tiles and it broke and the arm band snapped when I took it off.
Also, make sure none of them have any sensitivities to metals. I know one of my bridesmaids can only wear silver or gold in her ears or they get very badly infected.
Post # 5
I just assumed that all Bridesmaid or Best Man jewellery was costume jewellery. Surely people aren’t actually shelling out for real stuff are they?!
But yes, please do keep metal allergies in mind, just ask the girls and/or look for “nickel free” (and cobalt too but that’s harder to find).
Post # 6
@Everdeen: Haha well the original plan was to get them a nice piece of fine jewellery each, as in give them a piece of a set – one would get the earrings, another the pendant, another the ring, another the bracelet, etc…. But then I got carried away and ended up finding all this other awesome stuff to give them (only one of them has ever been a bridesmaid before).
So now I still want to get them something they can actually wear throughout the day, it’ll just have to be within the budget.
I think some brides fork out the “real stuff” and others the “not real” stuff. Guess it would ultimately depend on the bride’s budget. I’d buy each of these girls a yacht if I had the money – they’re all so good to me. 😛
Post # 7
@ksus07: I guess most Bridesmaid or Best Man jewellery I see is like that in this post: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bm-giftsjewelry-opinions-please#axzz2hIZAOWdm
To have that as “the real deal” would be so super expensive! Plus it is not guaranteed to be their own taste. The difference is most likely between stuff you want them to wear on the day (costume) and stuff you want them to wear as actual, long term, keep-sake stuff (real).
Post # 8
@Everdeen: Yeah that’s true. You have a point about it possibly not being to their taste, in which case, costume/fashion jewellery might be the better option…
I suppose if I was a bridesmaid I would feel guilty accepting “real” jewellery that wasn’t my style which I wouldn’t wear again. At least with the costume/fashion stuff it’s not so much of a “waste”, for want of a better word. Cheers for the comments.