I am waiting for pictures to come back to give you all the recaps that you want, but in the meantime I still have details of the day that I want to share with you. When it comes to gift giving, I think I am pretty darn good. When it comes to acting with restraint when it comes to staying within a budget, I have room for improvement! That meant when thinking about gift for the bridal party, Mr. Scooter and I had to set very very clear bounds. I will save our overall budget spend on the bridal-party gifts until we recap our overall spending, but I will say that the gifts we got our bridal party are ones that they will use again.
I knew early on that I wanted to gift my girls with items they could wear while we were getting ready. I wanted the gifts to make them smile and also make our wedding a memorable and fun time. I also knew that my gift (like their bridesmaids’ dresses) would have to be representative of each lady. Each bridesmaid received the following:
- Steve Madden Weekender bag to pack their things for the weekend
- T-shirt to wear while we got ready (V-neck so they could get it off easily without messing up makeup)
- Victoria’s Secret boyfriend sweatpants
- Perfume sampling from Ambre, an Indianapolis fragrance manufacturer
- Small makeup clutch from the sale bin at JoAnn Fabrics
Since a majority of the items were things I wanted them to wear or bring while we were getting ready, I wanted to give it to them ahead of time. When I asked them to be a part of my bridal party, I went ahead and split up the responsibilities of planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party. During my bachelorette party, I gave them to BM Jas and BM JuJu. Unfortunately, BM TuTu couldn’t make the party, so I set up a time to give it to her prior to the big weekend. BM Dee, Brande, and Brandy received theirs at the bridal shower. BM Maranda was not able to make either since she lives out of state, so I just shipped her gift.