Party Presents: Bridesmaids

When it came to selecting presents for my bridesmaids, I jumped in with excitement. I knew right away that I was going to pay for their hair on the day of the wedding. That was never a question for me—I wanted them to look and feel lovely on our wedding day and I wanted to pamper them.

I didn’t really consider that a gift, though, as I’d always heard that if you want your bridesmaids to have an updo you, as the bride, should pay for it. (This is, of course, dependent on budget, but I included it in ours.)

From here I may have gone a little overboard, but given the chance to do it over I don’t think I’d do it differently.

The first thing I picked up for the ladies were robes to wear while we were getting ready. I love the photos where everyone is in matching robes and I wanted to recreate that for us.

Image via Wedding Prep Gals

After doing a bit of research, I settled on robes from Wedding Prep Gals. I liked that they were made by a small business and they were very elegant. I discovered them on Etsy, but I recommend ordering from their website because their ordering form is a lot more streamlined.

The next gift that I had been stalking online for a while were the personalized name hangers. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make them myself or bite the bullet and buy them, but the day after Thanksgiving last year there was a Black Friday sale from an Etsy seller and I picked up a hanger for myself and one each for the ladies for $6 each. Score!

I also wanted to get the ladies something they could use. After some thought and some browsing, I decided to get each bridesmaid a cosmetic case. Not just any cosmetic case, mind you, but a Kate Spade case that was fitting of their personalities. (BM Apple Pie introduced me to Kate Spade and I, in turn, introduced Tart. It’s a vicious, wonderful habit.) This idea came after I stumbled on a cosmetic case that said “Eat Cake for Breakfast.” It made me laugh and reminded me of BM Hot Buns. She would love if you ate cake for breakfast, especially if you purchased said cake from her! After several months of searching (Kate Spade, Kate Spade Outlets, and eBay), I settled on a specific design for each lady. I even picked one up for Cakewalk, who had been so helpful during the planning/crafting that went along with the wedding planning.

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Dots for Cakewalk, Cake for Hot Buns, Lobsters for Apple Pie, Dive In for Fro-Yo, and Japanese pink for Tart

You may notice that those bags look like they are filled with something. They are, and bonus points to you for being so astute! Since I had the bags, I decided to turn them into bridesmaid survival kits.

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Left: main contents. Right: Flavored lip balm from Ripe Shop hand-picked for each lady.

I included: tissues, stain remover, Tums, Advil, Band-Aids, Altoids, a nail file, a mini sewing kit, bobby pins, safety pins, and some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (plus the lip balm). Most of these goodies I scored from the Target dollar and travel sections.

The final gift for my bridesmaids was the customized camis I had made them to wear while getting ready (under the robes).

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Bag, robe, hanger, and cami for BM Apple Pie

I put a lot of thought into the gifts and I’m confident that they went over well. I may have spent more than I initially intended to, but my ladies definitely deserved it!

What did you do for wedding-party gifts?

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Mrs. Campfire

Location:
Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:06 am

    I’m doing Kate Spade cosmetic bags too! I have two Bridesmaids and FI has two groomsmaids. My girls are getting a pink one with polka dots and FI’s are getting blue and white stripes. The groomsmen and bridesmen are getting customized shaving kits from etsy with their initials. We’re also planning on filling them with day-of goodies. I haven’t quite decided on MOH and BestMan gifts yet, because we wanted those to be a little bit nicer.

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:16 am

    Those are really sweet, and the Kate Spade cosmetic bags are so fab! I love the Eat Cake for breakfast one – it’s my general philosophy in life ;)

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 8:25 am

    GREAT gifts, Mrs. C!! Your gals are awesomely lucky to have been your maids!

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    subola 1084 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:30 am

    My gifts are very similar to yours – I got mine robes, I made the name hangers, and I got each on a monogrammed toiletry bag and a carry-on bag for travel to match each of their personalities.
    I also filled the toiletry bag with a few travel-sized goodies.

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    MrsLDC 5060 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:45 am

    I’m getting my girls, a bridesmaid’s kit & a makeup bag. Hair & makeup done. Their dresses & a hair slide. Also a gift voucher to fit their personalities to say thanks.

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    erin, Guest @ 9:47 am

    where did you get the kate spade bags ??? were they expensive? i have only found ones for 50+$

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:53 am

    Wow, you were so generous with your `maids! I love the robes and the bags :)

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    jessc4343 219 posts, Helper bee @ 10:00 am

    My love for Kate Spade only knows the bounds of my bank account’s available balance. Le’sigh. It’s true love, though. These bags – and that’s inside of them – are perfect!

    Robes were out of the budget but I think we might’ve scored the same deal on the hangers because I definitely ordered three myself at $3.50/ea!!

    I’m also doing something similar to your kits but snagged a few bags (plus 3 big bags to put the emergency kit bag in, of course) from Etsy, a fancy loofah soap (also, Etsy!), a pack of thank you notes to fit each personality and a matching shawl / scarf for each to wear during our possibly-chilly November wedding.

    Not paying for hair and makeup didn’t feel right to me, but the price is reasonable – free hair since MOH is a hairdresser and cheap makeup since the artist is also our officiant – double duty is encouraged around here, obvs.

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 10:17 am

    You spoiled those lucky girls of yours! I would be thrilled to get any of those gifts!

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    stuffwithscout 61 posts, Worker bee @ 10:31 am

    How are you balancing your awesome gifts to your ladies with your groom’s gifts to his men?I would love to give my girls a whole set of gifts like you, but my groom is struggling to come up with even one thing for his guys. I don’t want it to look too uneven when we gift our attendants at the rehearsal dinner.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:51 am

    These are wonderful gifts, all those Kate Spade bags are so cute!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:53 pm

    @luluvohn: I also gave my MOH a fancy headband and some earrings, plus the same thing that the rest of the gals got.
    @Mrs. Wallaby: We ate cake for breakfast the morning after the wedding and I texted Hot Buns a picture.
    @Miss Jet Setter: Thanks!
    @subola: @Soon2BD-CBee: Awesome!
    @erin: I got most of them on eBay but some at the Kate Spade Outlet. They were between $40-$60.
    @Mrs. Waterfall: They benefit (curse?) of a 19 month engagement is a lot of time to spend money without noticing it. :)
    @jessc4343: They sent me a 20% coupon right before the wedding. Talk about torture!
    @Mrs. Rucksack: @Mrs. Pony: Thanks! They were worth it!
    @StuffWithScout: The groomsmen gifts are up next!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 3:00 pm

    I love your ideas. I got my girls pearl necklaces with satin ribbon, personalized hangers, oversized soft tank tops, lip gloss and a pair of vs underwear that suits their personalities.

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:09 pm

    @erin: We got ours during one of the Kate Spade surprise sales, they were only $29 each.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:28 pm

    OMG I love all of your gifts! I swear you’re my kindred spirit, as I also love the robes, hangers, and was thinking about doing Kate Spade for bridesmaid gifts! We clearly have fantastic taste. ;-)

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:43 am

    I want all of those gifts! Nice choices!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:45 am

    I, too, showered my ladies with gifts. Another benefit of a long engagement is being able to buy and give gifts periodically. ;)

    Loooove these clutches – anything that can be used post-wedding gets bonus points in my book!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:07 pm

    @daniellekira: That sounds awesome!
    @luluvohn: Oh, good call!
    @Blonde17Jess: Clearly! :)
    @Miss Gondola: Thanks!
    @Mrs. Palm Tree: Definitely!

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    Casey, Guest @ 6:16 pm

    For the proposal I had my moh and bms meet me for dinner. I had put together matching earrings and matching bracelets with a special handwritten card asking them to be my bm/moh. Then one day months after that they all went to a wedding show with me and I made them bridal survival kits. A couple of my maids are not financially stable so I bought their dresses off eBay. For the bachelorette party I’m making them hangover kits. But on the day of the wedding for their final gift, I’m giving them Pandora bracelets with one charm on it. I can’t wait and I really hope they like them!

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