Post # 1
Hi Fellow Bees,
I decided to DIY alot of my bridesmaids gifts and I’m getting really nervous that they will just think that I’m cheaping out. Please give me your opinions.
Silver Graduated Ball necklaces and Matching Earrings (Obviously not DIY)
FlipFlops for Reception done with Grey Ribbon and Blue Ribbon Flowers
Monogramed coordinating “Shoe Bags” to go with the FlipFlops
Clutches (I haven’t started these yet, pictures below are just kind of what I’ll be going for)
Do you think this is enough? I was thinking of adding emergency day of items to fill the clutch too – ie. tissues, bobby pins, etc.
Most of my bridesmaids are from my Fiance’s family, (Sisters cousins etc) so it makes me a little nervous. I want them to really get that I appreciate them begin part of my wedding. But at the same time, I know they have a different style than I do. I’m afraid they won’t get the diy/vintage look I’m going for.
Please help! I’d really appreciate your opinions on this one.
Post # 3
I am DIYing my bridesmaid gifts, although I have one male attendant who probably wouldn’t appreciate a crystal necklace or clutch purse so I’m not sure what to do with him 🙂
IMHO, DIY gifts, assuming they are well done, are more personal and heartfelt that storebought ones.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I think what you’re planning is lovely and not cheap at all!
Post # 5
I think everything you’re planning looks great. However, I never wear flipflops and don’t use a clutch, so just make sure your bridesmaids are the type to get some use out of what you’re making.
Post # 6
I love the clutches! I think it’s great to DIY, it makes things so much more personal. One of my friends gave me jewelry she made, and I love it!
Post # 7
I think that your gifts are lovely–I think the flip flops are darling.
However. And please don’t get offended, I’m just trying to give you an honest opinion: as BM many times over, I probably wouldn’t keep the clutch–and this isn’t a comment on your taste or sewing abilities or whatever, but more a comment on the fact that clutches are tricky. A clutch is one of those things that’s very specific to a girl’s sense of style and if your fabric choice and frame style doesn’t match the BM’s sense of style, then she’s probably not going to keep it or, it’ll go in the back of the closet as a sentimental gift. Perhaps something a little more casual, like a cosmetics bag or pencil/camera case might get more use.
Post # 8
I like all those! Did you embroder those bags yourself? If so I would love to know how!! Just an FYI its SUPER easy to make necklaces like that you can get the beads on artbeads.com and you only need a few tools, the clutches on the other hand….I tried to make some for my BMS and FAILED big time, I hope you have better luck then me but I am just suggesting it may be easier to make the necklaces and buy the clutches (I ended up buying my BM clutches on a great sale at Macys for $15 each). Good luck!
Post # 9
I love all of these ideas! I think it’s perfectly fine to DIY as long as you are creative and do a good job (which I’m not!). Thank God for Etsy!!
Post # 10
@rachelss: Thanks, the flipflops are actaully for the reception; all weddings in my FI’s family they change into flipflops at some part during the reception. I was a BM in my future sister-inlaw’s wedding and she gave out just regular flipflops. These were just to dress that idea up a bit.
@JennyW1: Thanks I totally know what you mean about the clutches. This is exactly what is making me nervous about this idea. I’m going to try to go classic and simple. I was also planning on making a detachable flower pin that they could take off. So maybe if they dont reuse the clutch, they could reuse the pin?
@Lovespearls: Actaully, its not embroidered at all. I used a shiny fabric marker, and it ended up looking alot like embroidery. It wasn’t planned, but a pleasant surprise how it turned out.
Post # 11
I’ve only received a BM gift once, and for the FAR more convenient and inexpensive wedding I was in. The other one, I got a little heart-shaped jewelry box with my name engraved on it. I imagine it’d be the equivalent of just your necklace. And this is not berating the brides I’ve attended – just pointing out you have far more than enough IMO.
Post # 12
I think the items are really cute. I agree that the clutch may not be everyone’s taste, but honestly, that’s just a risk you take whenever you give someone a gift. Are you hoping that they use the clutches the day of your wedding? If not, I like the makeup bag idea @JennyW1 had!
Post # 13
@RayRayFurious: Yes, I plan on using them the day of the wedding. I’d really like to use them instead of flowers for the BM’s when walking down the isle. But I’m a little nervous about how the BM’s will react to that idea.
Post # 14
Lovely! I am making DIY Glass Pearl Necklaces and they are coming out oh so beautifully! It would have cost so much money to get them anything similar.
To me, a DIY gift is 10x better than a bought gift because it took time, heart and effort.
Post # 15
@Kitty285: Oooh, I like the idea of a removable flower. And if you wanted, you could reuse some of the extra fabric from your clutches and make the flowers for the flip-flops out of those–it’d be matchy, but who wears flip flops with a clutch anyway?
Post # 16
@Kitty285 – wow! nice work, would you mind telling me what kind?