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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Gifts for the Maids....

As you all know from previous posts I have a large bridal party, 7 bridesmaids and 2 MOH's...its pretty big, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Its an amazing group of girls who have loved me thru the different stages of my life and who are always there, I talk to most of them every single day! Anyways, I get distracted...I know I am 6 months and 1 day ( whose counting :) ) away from my wedding, but I am already thinking about the maids gifts. There are a couple of reasons for this 1) with so many maids it can get expensive, and if I spread out the purchasing I can also spread out the cost 2) I don't want to wait till the last minute I want to get them something meaningful that I know they will love.

Now I am at a disadvantage/advantage as in, I am the first of our group of friends to get married, so I set the precedent, but there is also nothing I have to compare to! Two of my HS friends got married right out of college, I was in both of there weddings and I received a necklace I never wore again and a bag that is probably in my closet somewhere? So I know I want to get my girls something thoughtful and something they would use again, so my question is --Do I get a designer tote and than put in a picture frame/photo album/cheap flip flops ( for once there feet get sore from all the dancing!) and a sweet note

Or do I get a generic bag, the above mentioned and also purchase pedis/manis for all the girls on the big day?

I have attached a picture of the bags I'm thinking from Kate Spade ( I could get them on uber sale right now, but still expensive) -

For the Bridesmaids:




For the Maids of Honor:





I realize they look very similar, the only difference is the MOH would be bigger ( about $40 more)

My conundrum is, should I get them all the same bag, what if they don't like it? Do I think a designer bag would be better than mani/pedis?

I would LOVE to know what fellow brides out there are doing for there bridesmaids!!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of a designer bag. What I plan to do is go to the outlet malls and get each of my bridesmaids a cute little coach wristlet bag. From what I remember they're very affordable and it still leaves me some money to give them other nice things.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 4:21:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Capitol Hill said...

If you haven't been already you should go to the leesburg premium outlets...they have a Kate Spade store. I got my maids bags from there...originally 350 in the stores and marked down to 100.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 5:44:00 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I bought canvas totes at Target. I'm getting them monogrammed w/ the girls' initals, and putting a gift certificate for a massage inside.

I learned that if you call the different spas in town and say that you're buying x amount of gift certificates, sometimes they'll give you a discount.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 6:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Jade said...

yeah... unless you have 7 girls who all love the same thing (which i sure as hell don't) this looks like a BIG waste of money to me. Should designer bags really sit at the bottom of someone's closet?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 7:31:00 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Go with the mani-pedis, that way your money is spent on spending time getting prettified together and not on something to throw in the closet.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 7:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in two weddings. For one I got an engraved jewelry box that I actually still do use, in part, b/c of the sentimental value. For the other, I got a pair of earrings. Initially I didn't think I'd wear the earrings, but I've actually worn them a lot. I think that's mostly b/c since they're not something I'd normally pick out, I don't have anything like them and so when they work w/ an outfit, it's not like I have a bunch of other stuff that does.

IMHO, the benefit of doing the designer bag is that even if it's not *exactly* their taste, they might use it more b/c it's a designer bag. Also, the bag is pretty simple, so it's not likely to be something that invokes a really strong dislike.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 8:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For my wedding, I'm giving the bridesmaids charm bracelets. Since everyone is traveling for my wedding, I choose charms that related to the wedding location. Two companies really stood out when I first started looking (based on price, availability, and selection), Brighton and Pandora. Brighton sells both "state charm" bracelets and loose charms. Pandora (or Troll Beads) has tons of cute choices, and you can find wholesale shops that sell the beads at a fraction of what they usually cost. Hope that helps!

Thursday, March 20, 2008 11:08:00 AM  

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