Post # 1
Unfortunatley, I am the first out of all of my friends to get married and have never been in a wedding before, so I am wondering what is considered appropriate? Background- I am studying for the bar and not working for almost 6 months before our wedding and both my Fiance and I have massive debt from law school. Our parents generously supplied us with 2/3 the wedding cost as getting married in Philly is not cheap and the bulk of our budget went to an AMAZING food spread (custom menu of many appetizers and 5 stations with 3-4 dishes each and a craft beer paired to each station to sample with it).
My bridesmaids paid for their dresses ($240) and they can pick whatever shoes/jewelry they want. I gave them the option of hair and makeup ($175) and 5 of my 6 bridesmaids chose to do it. For their gifts, I got them all custom made silk floral robes from Etsy. Is this enough? What else should I do on a budget? I don’t want to be the awful selfish bride but don’t have much money either 🙁
Post # 2
I spent about $40 on stuff that is worth over $100. I got my girls each a bracelet, earrings, shoes (for the day of, but my girls will wear them again-one actually did already), and a personalized lunch tote. I may get them something else too.
Get what you can afford. Your bridesmaids aren’t in your wedding for the gifts they are there to help you celebrate and support you.
Post # 3
I know your pain, I spent forever trying to find the right balance. Here is what I did:
Bought each of the girls robes off Etsy ($27 each)
Bought a really cute bag canvas for each off Etsy ($1.99 each)
Found an awesome sale at Nordstroms (and Nordstrom Rack!) and got them all Marc Jacobs wallets (75$ each)
Offered to pay for half of their hair or makeup (30$ each)
Went to Old Navy and bought each flip flops to put in the bag, in addition to other drug store goodies that they may need (10$ each girl)
I probably over did it a bit over my budget, but I couldn’t help myself. Check out Nordstrom Rack to see any discounted “luxury” items. That 50% off sale on Norstrom.com saved me!!