We have a very large wedding party - 8 for each side. And I can't seem to think of something to give them that would still be nice but affordable considering there is so many of them. Everyone is buying their own outfit but we told them they could wear any shoes/accessories as long as they match our colours. I was thinking of paying for the bridesmaids make up which is $90 at the resort, but that would almost be close to a thousand. Anyone know of a better idea?
Large wedding party gift ideas
Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:34 AM
I hope this doesn't sound like too generic of an idea, but have you looked around at catamaran rides or a dinner cruise? Those are usually less than $90 per person, and you could treat your party to a good time with memories, instead of one nice day of makeup. And $90 for makeup?! That's craziness! Let us know what you decide!
Posted 17 August 2013 - 09:06 PM
I have a large wedding party as well (8 just like you)
What I did was/is I bought/am buying each of my bridesmaids different gifts in terms of things they love/like.
For example, one bridesmaid is obsessed with her appearance, so I got her a little cosmetic kit from MAC with lipstick, lipgloss, and a few (3) makeup brushes which cost me $48 (I got this on a special promotion MAC was having). I made sure I got colors I know she likes, then I bought some nail polishes (6 to be exact) from Walmart ($8) and those body sprays from Victoria's Secret I got 3 for $15.
Another Bridesmaid is obsessed with the Disney character Pooh Bear, so I got her a medium-sized plush Pooh that talks and can be customized to say her name when it talks. I also got her some Pooh Bear pajamas and a Pooh Bear Mug. All of this set me back $50
One Bridesmaid loves wine so I made her some wine with ccoupon I got off of Groupon for wine-making (four bottle package). I made her three-bottles of custom made-wine (I kept one for myself --- as a perk -- tee hee -- and it tasted pretty good!) with her favourite flavours and a personal wine label thanking her for her support and named after her. Her name is Caroline, so I called it Sweet Caroline. This cost me $30 and they look like $100 bottles of wine. i know she will go crazy for this
Another is very in touch with her sexuality and loves kinky stuff, so I went to the sex shop and made her a little sex kit basket with ediable panties ($14), sensual oils, 3 for $20, and playing dice and cards ($12 in total) and a bullet (tiny vibrator) ($10) Total $56
Another bridesmaids is on the verge of obtaining her Masters degree. She is in her final year, so I went to KeyMan Engravables and had a beautiful pen-set complete with one black pen, one blue pen, one mechanical pencil and writing pad personalized with her name and title she will obtain when she graduates (let's hope she graduates). The set cost $35 and the engraving cost me $16
The last three bridesmaids I am figuring out because they are the ones who seem to like everything, but I'm sure I will figure it out.
So far I've put up about $260. and i anticipate I wont go over $500, which is a score for me. I even think i can do it for under $400.
I know it is stressful worrying about all of this and I know buying individual gifts will take some extra time, but it really wasn't that bad and I had fun doing it. And considering these girls are willing to travel to the DR for me and they have been putting up with my wedding planning for over a year (which by the way is plenty of time for me to get them some unique gifts) I thought I would put a lot of effort into getting them special gifts, rather than the same generic ones, to show how thankful and appreciative I am for having them in my life and for them supporting me on one of the most important and special days of my life. With a lot of luck, patience and the right bargin hunting skills you will be surprised at the gifts you come up with. And I must say all the gifts I have chosen for my bridal party thus far, is very emmaculate and looks great. I have no doubt they will each love what I have chosen for them. Good luck with everything. I know you will figure it out eventually.
Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:35 PM
Precious4598 those are all fantastic ideas!!!! I love the personalization of every gift! I think it makes it so much more special and it truly shows how much effort and thoughtfulness you put into them. I think your bridesmaids are so lucky to have someone who appreciates them so much. I do have lots of time left so I will start doing some thinking and look out for good sales.
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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