Skip to main content

Saying I Do: Bridesmaid Gifts

Jun 07, 2011 04:42PM ● Published by Anonymous

 

In case you weren't aware, it's traditional for the bride and groom to get each of their attendants a gift to say "thank you" for being part of the wedding. This was particularly important in our case, as most of them not only purchased or rented a dress or tux for the wedding, but plane tickets, hotel rooms, and so on since it was a destination for nearly everyone. 

At first, I wasn't really sure what to get the girls. But I slowly started building the gifts, piece by piece. Now that I look back, perhaps I overspent. (There isn't a set amount that's appropriate for a bridal party gift; just consider how much of their time, effort, and money that they're putting toward your wedding). However, because I did it all slowly over the course of several months, I didn't realize how much I spent -- nor do I regret it.

First, I started by finding a tote bag that I thought each girl would like. For instance, Jenny K, who is a huge Arizona State fan, got a bag with an ASU Sun Devil on it (her husband might have been even more excited than she was). Cheryl, a teacher, recieved a tote bag that says "Live, Love, Teach." My older sister, Kate, got a black bag with the words "Maid of Honor" emblazoned in blue. Lauren got a large blue and white polka-dotted tote from Forever 21 (we love to shop there together), and Liz and Jenny H. both got Quotable bags that I just thought fit for them.

For Liz:


For Jenny:



Then it was time to figure out what to actually put in those bags. I hemmed and hawed over flip-flops or personalized wine glasses. I thought about college sweatpants from Victoria's Secret, but they didn't have University of Maryland on their list. 

I knew, however, that I wanted them to have matching jewelry, so that was first on the list. Luckily, my mother-in-law runs her own jewelry business, Gems by Georgie, and she was kind enough to put together some gorgeous faux-pearl necklaces and earrings, tied together by an ivory ribbon. You can see them in this professional photo, taken by Holly Blood:



Then, I also included a pair of cropped pajama pants from Old Navy. They looked something like this, though they each got a different color/pattern:



Finally, just because a gift just gets so much better when you include some booze, I picked up a bottle of wine each for them. I had asked previously what type of wine they liked best, so I knew which type they would most appreciate. 

Overall, I probably spent about $50 for each of them, but I was happy to do so. They seemed to be really excited about their gifts, and like I said, picking things up in increments made it a lot easier to shell out the money.

Thanks, girls, for being such great bridesmaids!

here comes the bride
  • Race/Walk Start: 8:00 am - Half Marathon 8:45 am - 5k Jogging Joe Shafran Memorial Run 9:00 am...


  • North American Sea Glass Festival

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The 12th Annual North American Sea Glass Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 10 a....


  • Concours d' Elegance 2017

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM

    After nine years, the 11th annual St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance returns to the waterfront law...


  • 27th Annual West Annapolis Oktoberfest

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Enjoy a day filled with beer, German food, West Annapolis businesses, artist and craft vendors, l...


  • The Baltimore Book Festival

    09/24/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Join Baltimore’s annual celebration of the literary arts as the Baltimore Book Festival returns t...


  • Blazers. Bourbon. Cigars

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join Historic Annapolis at the William Paca House and Garden for the original premiere Gentlemen'...


  • Clays 4 A Cause

    09/29/2017
    08:00AM

    New venue this year! Come test your aim at this sporting clays events at Shrader’s Bridgtown Mano...


  • Wine on the Beach

    09/29/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Rediscover the best of Maryland fare at Wine on the Beach, a celebration of the burgeoning wine i...


  • Easton Airport Day

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Look out below! It’s a rubber chicken bomb! On Saturday, September 30th, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Easton...


  • Wine on the Beach

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Rediscover the best of Maryland fare at Wine on the Beach, a celebration of the burgeoning wine i...


  • Hope Re-Imagined: Esperida

    09/30/2017
    06:30PM — 10:30PM

    Ancient Greeks recognized that community members experiencing mental illness need healing care an...


  • The fourth annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline100 Bicycle Event hosted by Anne Arundel County Pol...


 

 

Towne Social