Tuesday, October 27, 2009

bridesmaid gifts

It might be early for me to be worrying so much about this but.. I've been doing a lot of looking around online for bridesmaid gifts and I'm having some trouble figuring out what to do! First let me just describe my bridal party:

MOH: tall, masculine lesbian, wearing a suit in the wedding. does not do girly. cannot buy her a cute clutch or feminine jewelry or anything like that.

Attendant#2: oldest sister, kind of a hippy/tomboy, straight but not into much of anything girly. outdoorsy, all about being eco-conscious (she takes her own mason jar to coffee shops ok. not even one of those normal reusable plastic or metal to-go mugs. a glass mason jar with a screw-top lid. ok.).

Attendant#3: other older sister, totally opposite in terms of personality from oldest sister. Girly type things ok for her, but nothing Too girly.

Attendant #4: old college roommate. completely different from any of the above, this girl is the definition of feminine class. Never leaves the house undone up. A place for everything and everything in its place kind of a girl. Could totally do the traditional bridesmaid gifts for her, or I could do a more personalized thing.

Sooo HALP. Clearly the Sugared Lemon Clutch (pictured above) from eclu would not work as a gift for all of them, as much as I love it. So I've been trying to find a way to get Something that's basically the same to give to all of them (like a bag or a neato In Touch Clutch), and then maybe something else that's personal. But I don't have a huuuge budget for this.

I could of course just find a necklace that would suit the three more feminine bridesmaids (like THIS? LOVE), and then some kind of nice accessory for my MOH (personalized belt? pricey but awesomely androgynous ring?). I just want to do more than that. But I can't be spending $100 on each girl so I've got to narrow down my ideas.

What are you all thinking about doing for your attendants/bridesmaids/whatever-you're-calling-them?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm, based solely on what i gave my girls the shoe pad things might work (you know, those super awesome things that make ANY shoe comfy), mugs with their initial & a Dunkin GC stuffed in it... maybe something like that?
everyone always tends toward things for their BMs to wear... what about something they could just use?
i know that's not a tremendous help but i hope it maybe stirs up some other ideas.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4:13:00 PM  
Blogger Only One Heidi said...

i gave my girls:
*flip flops to wear at the wedding (and after! they were navy and had a plastic flower on them from JCrew)
*green shawls (from Target) because a couple of the girls had bare shoulders that weren't allowed at the ceremony)
*manis/pedis - i took them the day before the wedding to get our nails done.

Total spent ~$70/ea. I went a little overboard but hubs got his groomsmen a hot towel shave at the Grooming Lounge and paid for the bowties they wore in the wedding.

These were a little "girlier" than what you're looking though ;)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't thought that far in advance yet. I'm a little worried because my bridesmaids run the gamut and I have one that is totally allergic to all metal (bye bye jewelry). I'm about 11 months out from my wedding though so I'm not panicking... yet :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 7:46:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This etsy shop has really neat cufflinks...we have a girl wearing a suit too, but she is a GM, we are getting all the GMs cufflinks...maybe that is something you can get the one BM that is wearing a suit
I am trying to finalize this whole gift thing myself...I figure it is never too early to check off the little things...I just finished the BM gifts with pashminas I got off ebay...8 silk pashminas for $50!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:03:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

all great suggestions, thanks everyone! we've been looking at that etsy shop for cufflinks for the groom, hadn't occurred to me to get them for my MOH. that's a great possibility.

Monday, November 02, 2009 3:08:00 PM  

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