(Closed) Dresses & Gifts & Random Other Stuff

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@ButterflyBride5:  You matron of honour is your Maid/Matron of Honor, the only difference is that she is married, and the maid is not.

You still have 8 months until your wedding.  Most bridal shops say 6 months, so you need to start working on it, but you aren’t in crisis mode yet.  That also only applies if you are requesting bridal store gowns.  If you are open to department stores or they pick their own, you have loads of time.

Re: their gifts.  That is all stuff focused on your wedding.  Would you be getting them monogramed totes, matching jewelery and these shirts if it was their individual birthdays?  I suspect probably not.  Take your wedding out of the occassion.  A gift is something given that is FOR the recipient.  Not something with strings attached, aka you will wear this jewelery for my event to make my pictures look pretty.  They do not have to match (in fact I think it is preferable, since it’s unlikely they all have the same tastes).

Post # 5
46607 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


I agree with the pp re the thought that the gift should be something not related to the wedding and individualized. Are you planning on having them wear the bling T shirts to get ready? Is bling something you love? Or something you know they all love?

Also, give serious thought to whether these grown women want  to carry a monogrammed anything. Can you not give them the bag you are thinking of without having it monogrammed?

I would put some thought to the individual likes and interests of each girl and get them something that they will cherish, use , and think of your wedding every time they do.

Post # 7
1274 posts
Bumble bee

No you have enough time to order their dresses. I wouldn’t wait more than 6 months before your wedding date though…just in case. 

It’s up to you really – but I assume you mean you had a matron of honour as well as a maid of honour before the Maid/Matron of Honor dropped out? This just means they were two of the most special ladies in your life, so have a chat with your matron of honour and make sure she’s up to take on the role on her own. 🙂

I think jewellery for bridesmaids is always lovely – what were you thinking? A necklace, a bracelet? Maybe suit it to each lady, something that complements them and let them choose whether to wear it the day of the wedding or not. I think most of all a handwritten note to accompany whatever you choose for their gift is necessary. Just a little token letting them know how much they mean to you. 

I like gerberas. They should be fine, your florist will probably make them the day before the wedding and they should last…as long as you are wrapping a ribbon or something around the stems, don’t worry about the slimey factor. 

Post # 8
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ButterflyBride5:  Try etsy for their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses if the girls are on a tight budget. I’m not sure what material you are looking into but chiffon is flattering on most body types and I’m suggesting knee length to cut down on price of alterations. Just a suggestion though!

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