Post # 1
I am very happy to pay for a few really nice things for my 2 attendants and also fiance’s 2 Groomsmen. I want them to know that we appreciate their involvement and that their investment of time, money, et al. was duly noted and truly wonderful for us.
I know fiance feels the same way but he feels like expressing it in giftage is unnecessary and we could better spend the money elsewhere. I do understand his point of view but feel like they need more than a ‘thanks’ the day of.
How much did you spend on your girls/guys? If you were a bridesmaid were the gifts you got special/important to you?
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
I’m bumping to follow also. As a bridesmaid, I’ve received:
Little canvas tote with my initial on – honestly, it’s too small to use for anything and I’ve never used it again (this was 3 years ago)
Inexpensive jewelry to wear for wedding – color specific (baby pink) for her wedding, never worn it again but it worked for that day
Nails done – totally fine for day of wedding
Been offered to have hair done – couldn’t go with other BMs (I was an Out of Town BM)
Honestly, I would have rather had gifts I could keep and reuse (like wine glasses or a robe). I also don’t prefer gifts that have the bride’s and groom’s names and wedding date on them. Too personal for me and not reusable. You could spend just a small amount (under $20) on each, good thing you don’t have 10 attendants each. 🙂 No ideas yet, hence I’m following for the same reason.
Post # 4
I’m spending $150.00 per girl
Post # 5
I bought my BMs designer purses. They loved them. I spent around $100, but I also got them their dresses, hair and makeup. In hindsight I would not have spent so much.
Some things I’ve received:
Hair & makeup, jewelry, jewelry box
Small diamond pendant
My favorite item was the jewelry box. It’s from pottery barn and has my initials on the top.
Post # 6
for the girls we spent around $65 each, and the boys around $80 each. We had 5 on each side.
Girls: a Coach wristlet, their jewelry,a lipgloss for the day of, and a pashmina.
Boys: Omaha Steak assortment, and we packed them in a cooler… (all our guys are so different in personality.. but they all love to eat!)
We really wanted to show appreciation for our Bridal Party for the time off from work, to all the little things they did for us.. we wanted to make sure their items were practical and something they would hopefully use daily (girls anyway)
Post # 7
So far I’ve gotten large canvas totes with their intials on them (they are big enough to use as a beach bag) pergonalized acrylic tumblers, robes for the morning of, a necklace for both, and a makeup bag. I think the only things I will add are little bottles of booze and makeup. 🙂
The groomsmen I haven’t been nearly as lavish or creative with, haha. I got them personalized pilsner glasses because they love their beer! Not sure what else to include. My brother’s deployed in the Navy and can’t keep anything, anyway.
I shop the bargains so I haven’t spent much on the ladies ($50ish/ea). I paid for their makeup as well. Would you be happy with that?
What are you getting the guys?
Post # 8
We spent about $100 on each member of our wedding party and had 10 people (including ushers).
We got all the girls a coffee mug that I chose to suit their personal taste (they are all big coffee drinkers), a mini bottle of baileys (yummy with coffee), a nail polish on their favorite color, and a gift card to different places that I know they shop at (DSW and craft stores).
For the guys we got various types of mugs/flasks depending on what they typically drink (beer vs mixed drinks), a small bottle of alcohol, and gift cards to places they typically shop at).
I know some may think gift cards don’t show a lot of thought but I have loved them in the past when I received them. We didn’t just get generic ones but matched them to each persons personality. We were struggling to spend a bit more on them and I figured it was better to get a gift card they would use vs spending the money on something they wouldn’t use again.
In case it matters, they purchased their dress and used shoes they owned.
Post # 9
I’m spending $50 on each girl….they are each getting a monogram necklace. I also bought them robes for the morning (basic black so they can re-wear again!) but I used kohls cash, so i I didn’t count those:)
Post # 10
@springbride23: Under 50. I bought them personalized totes, tervis tumblers, and stuff they would use daily (bath sets, hair stuff, make up brushes, and sunglasses).
Post # 11
I bought my girls their dresses, necklaces that go with the dress, silk robes with their initials on them, shirts with “bridsmaid, Maid/Matron of Honor, etc” that they’re never going to wear again…a bracelet that’s different for each girl, but is super cute, birchbox subscriptions for each girl. I don’t know what that adds up to…
Post # 12
We have one bridesmaid and one groomsman. For the bridesmaid, I bought her a sterling silver amethyst necklace, and for the groomsman we bought a sterling silver money clip engraved with his initials. The necklace cost $85 and the money clip was $90 plus engraving.
Post # 13
We did a couple of things for our bridal party:
1. Bridesmaids got a silver St. Simons Island Bracelet from the local Golden Isles Bracelet Company to wear on wedding day- silve goes with everything.
2. Bridesmaids got classy/ custom hangers from Etsy for pictures with dresses hanging- theirs were blue and mine was white.
3. Groomsmen got Tervis Tumblers (2- 16 oz.) for the favorite collegfe football team with 2 cans of Coke and 2 pints of Crown in a little basket.
4. The whole bridal party stayed at a house on St. Simons Island from Thursday to Sunday. We paid for this since everyone had to travel.
Post # 14
I’m trying to stay in a $100 per person range.
I am thinking a spa certificate for a massage that they can use after the wedding and a necklace with their birth stones and their first name letter.
I am also making them sashes to wear with their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.
The guys will get a cigar and a nice bottle of some liquor.
We have 3 BM’s and 1 junior plus 3 Groomsmen and 1 junior.
Post # 15
I’m getting my girls nice big multi-use bags either canvas or a purse and I’ve gotten all of them Bath and body works sets (lotion,body wash, 2 fragrance sprays, and anti bac), a necklace, a bracelet, a cute purse hanger, and a cocktail mix set (cider for my non drinking friend) AND I am paying for their dresses so it’s going to cost a pretty penny but it’s worth it since they will all be coming from out of town (minus one who lives a half hours away from the venue) so it will end up costing me about $120-150 per girl (4 in total)
Post # 16
I’m paying for their hair and makeup – so about $85 total. To be honest, other than go shopping with me for a dress and one of them helping for 3 hours with the invites, they haven’t had to do much. I’m probably not even having a bachelorette party. And the bridal shower is being thrown by my Future Mother-In-Law so neither of them will have to spend any money on anything other than their dress which was $150. I even told them to wear shoes or sandals they already have.