The Bridesmaids Gift Guide – What They Really Need
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After Mark and I got engaged we sat down and talked about all those really fun things that guys like to talk about……..things like the size of the wedding, who we were thinking of inviting and finally picking our bridal party. I swear Mark could have had 12 groomsmen at the drop of a hat……I on the other hand have a handful of really close girlfriends that I couldn’t imagine my wedding without. I was so nervous about asking them however every single one of them was over joyed when I did (see how I did here). I was truly blown away with how happy they were.
I vowed to not be a bridezilla. You can ask every single one of them and they will vouch for me. They had to constantly ask me “are you sure you don’t need help???” They threw me the most beautiful bridal shower and who can forget that fabulous bachelorette party?? When the wedding approached I really put a lot of thought into their gifts. A few of them had recently been in weddings so I didn’t want to get them another robe and flip flop set that they’d throw into the closet. I came up with some essentials that I think had great price points (because buying gifts times 5 does add up quickly!)
Something to get ready in that wasn’t a robe. These rompers I was so impressed with the quality. They were soft, not see through and fit everyone perfectly. We won’t talk about the fact it was freezing that morning so they did wear sweaters over them…..
I also paid for their hair and makeup. That is just my personal preference but I’ve been in a few weddings where I paid an arm and leg for some less than stellar hair/makeup. Isn’t that the worst? Let me drop $200 for a prom up do that is half falling out. Either let them do their own or pay for it was my mindset. Once again personal preference and I made sure I budgeted for it. They all had airbrush makeup and I think they looked flawless.
I asked all the girls to get their nails (hands and toes) done before they came down for the wedding. I asked them to stay in the pale pinks/mauves color scheme. No Lincoln Park after Dark if you will. They all went to their own favorite nail gals and when it worked for their time table (see no bridezillas here). After they sent me pics of their nails and they were on point. See saved on the nails which allowed to pay for their hair/makeup.
Next my mother found adorable cases to stash all the goodies in and naturally she found some gorgeous vintage handkerchiefs that she added in……of course she did. Nobody had one for me when I started tearing and my nose ran during our vows. Mark started dying laughing when I had to basically wipe it on my arm. My mother afterwards “all those vintage handkerchiefs and not one for you during the ceremony??!?!?” Par for the course with me. Look at his face. Classic.
I tasked the job of the jewelry to my sister. She did a fantastic job. I told her I wanted stones that were in the same color scheme of the dresses. I loved what she picked. I also had the idea of these bourbon and boweties as a statement piece as well. Bracelet and earrings. Didn’t need to go crazy with the matching necklace as well. Those two pieces were perfect.
I added these headbands (mine were gold, sold out online similarhere) at the last minute and I think it was really pulled the whole look together. They had the most perfect amount of stretch but stayed tight cannot recommend them more especially for the price!
My advice save on the matching tote bags…..they add up and how many do you still use from when you were one? Don’t get me wrong I think they are amazing and thoughtful especially when monogrammed. However they didn’t make the cut with the budget. I put them in really pretty gift bags in the color scheme of the wedding…..of course. Don’t spend the excess on the sandals, lipgloss, nail polish etc etc. They seem not too expensive to start with but times 5 they add up quickly. My focus was gifting them things that they wouldn’t have to buy on their own and would use afterwards.
What do you think? What did you get for your girls? What things would you like to get if you are asked to be a bridesmaid? Wasn’t I so laid back? I didn’t even raise my voice or freak out once. I think it was the bubbly I was drinking in the morning. See even did some Gator chomps with my little.
Have to show my gorgeous nieces who were flower girls.
Hope y’all are having a fabulous week I have been swamped at work I apologize for my less than stellar presence I promise I’ll be caught up soon! xoxoxoxo