(Closed) How much is too much?

posted 10 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much are you spending on your bridesmaids thank you gifts?
    Less than $25.00 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    $25.00-$50.00 : (19 votes)
    40 %
    $51.00-$75.00 : (8 votes)
    17 %
    $76.00-$100.00 : (18 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    105 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m waiting until we get closer to the wedding, or else I’m going to buy trunk loads of stuff.  I think I’m going to keep it simple and traditional and stick to jewelry and a nice wrap.  I’d rather get them one or two nice things instead of a bunch of cheap things.  I have a trip planned for China in May, so I plan to do most of my shopping there… talk about a deal!  I think I’m going to spend between $35 and $50 per girl.  Thank goodness I only have 4!

    Post # 4
    2434 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I spent about $40 on my maids.  I got them one substantial gift (a handmade, stained glass window hanging of the Cladaugh symbol) and an embroidered hankie.  I also treated them to lunch the day before.

    Post # 5
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m getting them some coin pearl jewelry and a handbag..their "proposal" to be a bridesmaid is a gorgeous damask hatbox with a tshirt inside I designed and a hand designed card (thank goodness for Zazzle).

    Post # 6
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t remember the exact number, but I know it was more than $50.  I got them a crimson colored pashmina, a faux fur stole, and two sets of jewelry so they could pick the one the preferred to wear that day.  If I could have gone back, and had more time to buy it when I found it, I would have probably gotten them a cute bag and a really cute toiletry bag that I found on Overstock.com

    Post # 8
    217 posts
    Helper bee

    I bought my maids a pearl necklace and matching earrings and a bottle of POP champagne. 

    Post # 9
    217 posts
    Helper bee


    Post # 10
    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I put $25-$50, but that’s actually probably low. I’m paying for their hair/nails/make-up too, and considering it their gift, and the jewelry for the wedding, but I just know I’m going to be like you and find stuff I want to get them. I wanted to do some stuff from B&BB but one girl is allergic to all of it, so I don’t want hers to be the only different one. And I’m hesitant to do something unique for each of them, because one is my FH’s sister and unfortunately I just don’t know her that well. We’re WAY different personality types, so I don’t have a clue.

    Post # 11
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I spent around $40 for my bridesmaids.  I got them pink reefs to were during the reception, a pearl necklace with ribbon tie, and matching earrings.  I also paid for their hair, dresses, and shoes for the wedding.

    Post # 12
    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m spending about $250 on my Maid/Matron of Honor.  I’m getting her a handmade gold necklace with an emerald pendant made here in Colombia.  I’ve also gotten a bunch of stuff through the clearance sales on Victorias Secret and Bath & Body Works for like a little gift bag the day before the wedding (AKA "Spa Day" AKA "Bachelorette Day").  But I only have one person to shop for (no BMs) so it’s easier to spend more…

    Post # 13
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I haven’t started buying yet, but I plan on doing fairly large gifts (or more accurately, lots of mid-range gifts) to thank my girls. I’m keeping this separate from our "Wedding Budget" spending, because it’s very very important to me to be able to get my girls and mom nice, thoughtful gifts wiithout having to worry about how much I’m spending.

    I’m currently planning on getting them jewelry (something they can wear both for the wedding and again after), a monogrammed bag, earmuffs and nice gloves (for our winter wedding weekend), and some other, more personal things as well. 

    Post # 14
    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    Mine will come in at around $125.  I made them purses, bought purse hooks and picked up some bath stuff in a cute tote at CVS last spring for a great price.  I’m also going to pay for their hair and make-up which will be about $100 each.  This is way more than I expected to pay for gifts, but I feel that since I am in a position right now where I can afford it, I’m ok with it.  I really appreciate all they are doing for me (one is even flying in from Germany to be a BM) so I think it’s worth it.

    Post # 15
    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

    I think how much you spend on bridesmaid gifts also depends on how many you have! I had 4 girls to buy gifts for, and spent about $100 on each, and $400 total. I think if I had double the amount of girls, I probably would have spent half the money, bringing my total amount spent on gifts to the same amount.

    Post # 16
    1379 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I’m having a hard time deciding right now how much to spend on them, so this is a good post for me.  I really want the girls to spend less than $200 on their dresses … but I think I’ve fallen in love with one that is a bit over that budget … so my plan as of now is to give them $50 towards their dress at the time of purchase and then an addtional gift of about $50. I want to do something that is siginificant and a keepsake, but also doesn’t break the budget. I also plan to get them a little more personalized "out of town bag" for when they get to the hotel as well … but it will most likely be very similar to the other out of town bags just with a few extras.

    These are all great ideas — keep sharing ladies!

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