WE MADE #2 on "Giving Gifts That Don’t Suck – Why You Should Splurge (At Least A Little) On Your Bridal Party Gifts"
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Written By: Lauren Rixie
Asking someone to be in your bridal party is a huge deal.
Not only are you asking them to stand up at the alter with you in front of all of your guests, you are asking them to make a significant time commitment, and (most often) a financial commitment as well.
While every bride works off of a different budget, it is important to think about the financial obligations of your bridesmaids and groomsmen when deciding what to ask your bridal party to spend their hard earned cash on. Did your maid of honor just have a baby? Your groomsman just relocate across the country? These are all things that couples can overlook when thinking of their budget. If four of your six bridesmaids are in college with a part time job, it might not be the best idea to ask each of them to shell out for a $350 bridesmaid dress. Many times your bridal party will feel obligated to do whatever you want to make your day “perfect”. And let’s be honest real, you could possibly have a bridezilla moment and nobody wants that.
Just Stop - Don’t put your bridal party in that awkward position. You know the one – your good friend from college comes to you and says that while she’d love to be in your wedding, she really can’t spend x-number of dollars on a dress. She now feels obligated to tell you about her financial situation – which let’s be honest, isn’t fun for either of you. Respect your people enough to think about them just a little bit. Yes, it’s your day and should be all about you. This isn’t about taking away from that in anyway. It’s simply about being courteous and respectful. Bonus – if you don’t ask your bridal party to spend beacoup money on you, they will possibly be able to buy you a nicer wedding present – which should never be expected, but rather appreciated if and when it happens.
Let me break down the amount of money someone spends to be in a wedding party these days.
Let’s start with a groomsman. The average tuxedo/suit rental is around $200, this might or might not include shoes. This is also a time commitment. You must take time to go get fitted, typically with the rest of the bridal party which means a time commitment as well. Travel and lodging accommodations when going to the wedding location ranges from free if local to $1,000’s of dollars, if not more for a destination wedding. Then there’s the bachelor party, the groomsmen will typically split this cost as well. This cost too could range drastically depending on what has been planned.
Regardless, a groomsman will spend a minimum of a couple hundred dollars on the night alone.
Ok, time for bridesmaids, you’ll notice the list is a little longer.
First off, everyone thinks of the bridesmaid’s dress – this is going to typically be in the $150-$300 dollar range. Don’t forget you have to pay for alterations, let’s say an additional $30. Matching shoes (low ball) say $50 and then there’s hair and makeup - sometimes this is paid for by the bride, sometimes it isn’t. This is where thinking of your bridal party’s financial situations come into play. Let’s just say $150 for both. Engagement shower, Bridal Shower(s), Bachelorette Party, Rehearsal Dinner – all financial obligations as well as asking someone to take time out of their own lives to solely focus on you. Not to mention the multiple gifts they will purchase you over your engagement and during your wedding.
If we take our lowest estimates the average person in your bridal party could spend a minimum of $500 and upwards of $1,500 depending on the style of the wedding. Black tie weddings cost more than a semi-formal reception at your local Moose Lodge. All of that being said - everyone loves a good gift! There will come a time in your planning process where you will have to decide on gifts for your bridal party. These people have gone out of their way for you and your spouse, so do them a favor and get them an awesome thank you gift (or gifts)! Read below for our top gifts that don’t suck for your bridal party.
1. Did you know cork is on its way back in? Well make note now, 2017 will see cork in unique ways that haven’t been done before. It’s always nice to get a practical gift that you will be able to continue using after the wedding day. All of these items are from Spicer Bags and just make us swoon. We love this light blue cork and sequin make-up bag or an alternative without all the shine.You could always keep the cork theme going by
You could always keep the cork theme going by grabbing a great bottle of their favorite varietal and use this amazing cork Thank You wine bag.
2. Yes I said it! Everyone loves bacon. Your bridesmaids are no different. Bonus? This is specialty bacon – we are talking au natural, free range Berkshire hogs; no antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. Smoked by hand, arranged by hand, dipped by hand, can even be delivered by hand – are you drooling yet? You should be. We love this “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” Box Set, or this Monthly Bacon Subscription Box (so popular right now!)
which will deliver bacon to your doorstep multiple times per year.
4. This isn’t a common gift for a bridesmaid, but let me tell you why this Human Touch® Foot & Calf Massager is actually the best gift you could give your bridesmaids. These babies are only $149.99 each with free shipping. They are from Bed Bath & Beyond so you know you get to use a 20% off coupon on each one (if purchased separately). Great deal and so great for your bridesmaids aching feet. Again, a gift that will be used for years to come.
5. Give the gift that just keeps blooming. The Blessing Flower Necklaces have a tiny desert flower, which will open their petals with just a few drops of water. A great reminder of the special experience you all went through together during this special time in your lives. Multiple styles and different metal tones are available. These flowers can keep blooming for up to – wait for it – 30 years!