Post # 1
I’m having trouble deciding what type of gift to get my bridesmaids….I have 6 bridesmaids, so I can’t spend an arm and a leg. Some of them are also in school, and I sort of feel guilty for the burden my wedding might be placing on them financially…so hard! But, I also like the idea of giving them a “gift” instead of buying them services….My question to you is: What gift would you prefer?
1. Services paid for (that they may/may not have to pay for themselves….) like mani/pedi, hairstyling, and/or makeup
2. A gift for the wedding, that may/may not be used again (i.e., jewelry to wear with Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, shoes, robes to get ready in, etc.)
3. A personalized gift that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the wedding/wedding weekend.
Post # 3
I voted for “services”. Most bridesmaids are already paying a lot to be a part of a wedding, so that is always a nice gesture!
Post # 4
Services paid or a personalized gift. I’m a sap. A poor sap, haha. 🙂
Post # 5
When I was a maid of honor for a friend of mine, she paid for our hair and nails to be done. It was really great seeing that I had already spent so much money on the dress and shoes she wanted me to wear…which did not come cheap. I think that number 1 is most appreciative but perhaps not the most sentimental
Post # 6
I voted for services paid for.
Post # 7
I think I would rather have something not related to the wedding, unless I was being required to purchase a certain dress/shoes/jewelry for the wedding
Post # 8
I would really like to have some of the “services” paid for. I really think that is a great gift and takes some of the financial stress off of them if they are already paying for the dress, travel, hotel, etc.
I would also really like something that I could use again like comfy pj pants & tank or something like that.
Post # 9
I’d like #3 (something not related to the wedding) but I wouldn’t like the bride requiring me to get my hair, make-up, and nails done if she wasn’t going to pay for it. I think that in and of itself is not a gift-it’s a gift to the bride. I wouldn’t want the bride to pay for it but then not get me even a small gift of gratitude.
Post # 10
Sapphire – – I am not requiring them to get their hair/makeup/nails done but I have put it out there (b/c my makeup artist needed an estimate to how many people she’d be doing) BUT I do feel like if I pay for those services it is more a gift to me b/c it is something they wouldn’t have been doing if it weren’t for my wedding.
I DO think that having us all getting mani/pedis and/or hair/makeup done would be really fun and a good bonding experience and if I pay for it than maybe a few that woulnd’t have been able to be involved could be…and that would be fun…
I wish I could do both, but hair/makeup alone is the cost of my Bridesmaid or Best Man gift budget ($100)!!!
Post # 11
I vote services, but I’d like a little something personal with it–it can be cheap, just something to show me the bride cares about me personally.
Post # 12
I’m getting them necklaces, a bracelet and earrings and a cute little clutch that has their favorite colors on them that they can double and wear to the wedding. I think they’ll love it because I will…
Post # 13
I voted for services to be paid for. A friend of mine paid for $30.00 worth of hair/make-up and we paid the rest. She also gave us a small personalized gift. That is kinda the best of worlds. I know all of us girls really appreciated it when it came time to pay.
Post # 14
@Tonya: I COULD just pay for one service and get them a gift….now, that’s an idea….
Thanks so much ladies…I really appreciate all of the comments!
Post # 16
I would really like the services paid for…it can get expensive and i think its a nice gesture…personalized? maybe not…but greatly appreciated…definately yes.