(Closed) Gifts for BMs…what is reasonable?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 16
1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Toronto2014:  the only bridesmaids who I gave giftcards to are ones whose favorite things I couldn’t pick myself because part of what they love is choosing themselves.  For instance, one bridesmaid loves yoga and pottery classes (so a gift cert to studios she likes would work well).  Another bridesmaid loves buying yarn for knitting (but is very specific w/which type and what colors depending on the project), and weird, kitschy t-shirts, and buying books for her kindle, so gift certs to her yarn store, the t-shirt store she likes, and for kindles stuff are all actually really personal-feeling gifts.  

As opposed to my bridesmaids who like certain bags, clothes, or jewelry, but for whom it would feel more personal if I surprised them w/ the exact item I know they love/want instead of a gift cert.  When I was moh, the bride surprised me w/a necklace I wanted but had never gotten myself and a gorgeous clutch that matched in colors I needed but wasn’t buying.  That was WAY better than any gift card from that bride.

Post # 17
94 posts
Worker bee

I have a small wedding party, so I’m doing something for all the girls. It’s a destination beach wedding, so their will be 10 girls. I’m doing the pedicure for them $35pp and got them each a beach bag with their names, attaching flip flops then suntan lotion, loofah, sugar scrub, bath salts and other stuff. I wanted to do something nice but not over the top, because I just don’t have that budget but they are flying all that way to be with us on our special day. It all came out to about $75 per person. My personal gift to my Maid/Matron of Honor will be her own smaller broach bouquet.

Post # 18
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Toronto2014:  Kendra Scott jewelry is really popular and the earrings run 50-70. You could get each girl a nice pair that are different shapes, colors, etc. I have gotten two pairs for Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts and I love them!!

Post # 19
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

I;m struggling with this too. I really want to get them all something unique to them, but I also like the idea of them having something they can remember. I am leaning towards some affordable sterling silver necklaces that I found online from Jared. They range from $30-$60 and I could pick a different one for each girl that represents them.

Post # 20
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am starting to think of what I want to do for my bridal party, as there are just two of them. My sister is my Maid/Matron of Honor, and FI’s sister is a Bridesmaid or Best Man. Right now, I’m leaning towards getting them the same things.

I may do a wristlet from either Coach or Kate Spade. My Future Sister-In-Law has a lot of Coach purses, but doesn’t own any small bags from them. My sister, on the other hand, buys everything Coach. However, neither really buy Kate Spade – so that would be fun and different. I was also leaning towards some nexting bags from Better Life Bags, since they’re custom made and for a good cause.

Whatever I decide, I’ll put some jewelry and some other items in them. I actually don’t mind spending the money on them, since they’re spending so much for me (grateful!).

Post # 21
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Toronto2014:  I bought stuff for the day of (which is going in with their gift) a getting ready shirt (really its just a plaid button down), necklace, wrap, and I’m making bags for them for all of this stuff to go in.  They each got a little keychain from Ireland and everyone is getting a gift card to her favourite store (one for lululemon, 2 to anthorpologie, 1 to sail, and one to a store in her hometown in Ireland.)  That way they all can go pick something out for themselves.  I’m also writing each of them a letter and putting in a photo of us.  I’m seriously considering making everyone tall boot socks or leg warmers (I crotchet).  They’re wearing long dresses and we’re doing some out door photos.  We had talked about putting some leggings/tights on under the dresses (mine included) for the photos to stay warm. 

I also paid for their make up (I’m not forcing anyone to have their make up/hair done by a pro, if they want it, they can.  I offerred to pay.)  And we have a goody bag – some munchies, drinks, gatorade, etc for the day of.  

Post # 22
266 posts
Helper bee

I don’t have the traditional bridesmaids, but we are having a very small wedding, 18 people including me and Fiance.  My sister will be standing with me and my Fiance daughter will be standing with him. Our wedding is out of town and I have two of my best friends coming the night before and throwing a bachelorette party for me, along with my Fiance sister inlaw who is flying in from LA for the weekend to be at our wedding.  So I decided I will get each of the ladies something special.  This is what I have so far.

My Fiance daughter-a bow shaped sterling silver necklace with swarovsky crystals.  She loves anything Bow shaped and I already gave her the matching bracelet for her birthday 2 weeks ago. I am also paying for her weekend accomodation.

Best friend 1-Scarf (as she is much older in her 70’s and keeps loosing her scarves lol she really wanted a new one.)

Best friend 2- She is really into beading and jewlrey making so bunch of beads and jewlery making equipment she picked out herself.  (she is very excited.)

Fiance sister in law, a beautiful pearl necklace and matching earings (since she had to fly in from La and spend tons of money on the flight) we are also paying for her and my future brotheriinlaw’s accomodations for the weekend.

My sister-I am paying for her and her Fiance accomodation for the weekend which is around $400, plus a bouquet and boutanier for her Fiance.  Plus I am arranging for transportation to get her and her Fiance to the wedding and back on Sunday. Still don’t have a gift…

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