(Closed) How much did you guys spend on bridal party gifts?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have one Bridesmaid or Best Man and spent about $50 on a silver necklace and bracelet.  I’d say that the necklace and robe sound like great ideas.  I’m not sure about the clarisonic (that seems a bit impersonal).  You’re the one that knows your BMs, but in my case I decided to focus on the quality and uniqueness of the gifts rather than the quantity, a pearl necklace is always timeless.

Post # 3
8670 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I am of the camp that you should shop for your Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts like you would for their birthday. I find smae smae gifts to be so impersonal and sorry lazy. I am also in the camp that anything for your wedding is not a gift but a prop. I don’t think a gift should be something you would like or think is awesome but something that the reciever will like and think is awesome.

You know your BM’s but have you seen them wearing pearls before? Do you think they would all want to be wearing the same necklace after the wedding day?  

Post # 4
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Hotel Baronette Renaissance in Novi

I have two MOHs (my sister and my bestie), so I got them some nice stuff! I did sort of an Oprah’s favorite things idea… I am writing them each a little note, and giving them a little something of my favorite things. I.e. I LOVE Kate Spade, so they’re each getting a Kate Spade wristlet, purple is my favorite color, so they’re each getting a nail polish in my favorite color (also a SpaRitual polish because I use cruelty free products!), Starbucks cards and travel mug, my favorite little hand sanitizer from Bath and Body works (because I’m a known germophobe and it’s kind of a joke on myself), and just some little random things that I use a lot but aren’t “specific” to me, plus I framed a photo of us at my shower for them. I got some really cute boxes at Target to assemble my kit!

Post # 6
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I gave my two bridesmaids a compact mirror personalized with their names, a little canvas coin purse, a small picture frame, a pretty little “catch all” box for them to keep their jewelry, coins, whatever in, and candles with a pretty holder. I think I spent $40 for each of them and they loved what I gave them. 

I tend to not like recieving gifts that I’m supposed to wear in the wedding. Most people don’t know what kind of jewelry I like and I tend to never wear it again. The one exception was my matron of honor. She gave me two pairs of floral studs she bought on Etsy and a cute pair of Triceratops studs as well. I still wear all of those earrings. 

Personalized hangers are nice, but it would end up lost among all of the other hangers in my closet. That’s just me though, and you know your girls better than us. Maybe a personalized tote bag or make up bag would be something they would be able to use more and wouldn’t get stuck in the closet? 

The other gifts you listed sound great and I would like to recieve any of them. 

Post # 7
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Those are all great gifts, one I’m sure they will really appreciate & love! 


Post # 8
8420 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

I spent about $70/girl. I got them their jewelry for the day of and then some fancy flasks and their favorite liquor. I know that they will at least re-use the flasks.

Post # 9
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

daisy92:  I have 5, and I spent about $150 on each. I bought them robes for getting dressed (as well as flip flops), a bag to put everything in for day of, and a Marc Jacobs wallet. I seriously considered a clarisonic, but I decided against it because some people don’t react well to them, and it can increase breakouts (me being one). I’m thinking about getting them a little emergency kit as well, filled with hairspray, mints, deoderant, etc

Post # 10
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Their actual gift is a $50 gift card to her favourite store (these will all be different.) 

And then stuff for the day-of:

– 2 brooches (one for their dress, one for their pashminas.  The dress brooches will all be different and reflect their personal styles.  The pashmina ones are all snow flakes.)  

– a black, super soft pashmina (we are getting married in Feb.  They’ll need something to cover their shoulders) 

– necklace from Ireland (we’re going in May, I’m buying them there.  I’m not sure if they’ll all match or if they’ll all be something to do with their personalities.  I’ll have to see what’s available to me.  It’s important to me that I buy them there.) 

– a personalized (inital only) tote bag 

Day of stuff that I’m paying for (and will be in the tote bag with their gift/day of stuff): 

– a plaid getting ready button down shirt 

– make up application gift certificate (they actually came in a little make up tote, so it’ll be inside the bag in that.  And I scheduled them in at the spa for the day-of.) 

– a bridesmaid survival kit, with advil, a bottle of gatorade (for the next morning!), hand cream, snacks, etc. 

Post # 11
597 posts
Busy bee

I spent about $100 on each girl and I have 5 maids. Each will get a Kate Spade necklace ($48 from nordstrom), plain diamond stud earrings ($12 on sale and with a coupon at lord&taylor), a handmade chevron clutch ($18 from Etsy), and a silk robe to get ready in ($5 from eBay). All will be put into a monogram chevron canvas tote I got from zazzle ($10). I found it to be best to start buying things early and piece by piece as time passed so I didn’t feel like I spent it all at once. I did a lot of research to make sure I was getting the best deal and used coupons and codes whenever I could. I wanted to make sure I got them things that they would want to use again. Good luck!

Post # 14
437 posts
Helper bee

daisy92:  I spent $150-200 each. A little more on my Maid/Matron of Honor than the others. I did not gift them anything that would be used for the wedding, as I personally didn’t think of it as a true “gift” if it also would benefit me in some way. I got them all personalized things I knew they would individually love… Etsy was a big help for that.

Custom monogrammed leather/gold bangle bracelets, leather tassel keychains in each of their favorite colors, custom painted ring holder/dishes (they’re all engaged or married) to match each personality (my sister is a bit of a hippy, so hers was quirky and colorful with a peace sign, etc), hair accessories that would suit each girl’s style, a large BCBG clutch (to hold everything) that could be used either for cosmetics or for an IPad. A little gift card to one of their favorite spots… Starbucks, a little local bakery, etc. And, obviously, a handwritten and very cheesy card reflecting on memories and my history with each girl. 

I wanted to mostly gift things that they would have bought for themselves, and that they would/could use in their daily/everyday lives for a long time.

Post # 15
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

daisy92:  I totally disagree with most of the other posters – I think this is a great gift idea! I don’t know why purchasing a gift for a Bridesmaid or Best Man to use at the wedding is considered any less of a gift – but I would love receiving the gift you described, and have loved receiving gifts in the past even if they were for use at the wedding. 

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