Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wedding post: The joy of gift giving : )

I still don't have all of the pictures from my antiquing project, so in the meantime, I'll share about the gifts we gave to our bridal party!

We had seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, including the maid of honor and best man, for a total of 14. We also had a ring bearer and a flower girl. That was a lot of gifts to come up with, so I can't imagine those of you who have had ginormous bridal parties... phew! We're not overly rich people either, so I did a lot of DIY and creative ventures for the gifts. 



We had a heck of a time figuring out what to get A.'s groomsmen. Why are men so hard to shop for? Anyway, we wound up ordering from theknot.com's gift shop. It wasn't cheap but I think the gifts were nice and A. was happy with it. 


As I mentioned before, our colors were aqua blue and purple. I ordered a giant stack of Tiffany blue paper from paperandmore.com (link to it here) because it perfectly matched the "blue raspberry" color of our invitations. I used this paper for everything: the inserts that went with the invitations, the signs for the nursery and the restrooms, the signs that we put on the tables, escort cards, and other things, including the nametags for the guys' presents above. 

I got those bags up there from Amazon.com - they are tote bag material and meant for wine bottles, but the glasses A. got for his guys fit perfectly in them! We liked them because of the size and because the engraving was free. It was hard to get a good picture with the engraving but here's what I got:


He also ordered them keychain bottle openers, and he wanted one for himself, so we wound up ordering 8. (We did not get these engraved.) 

To wrap them, I stuffed the bottom of each bag with a bag of Skittles. (Skittles are kind of our thing, and we handed them out freely at our wedding.) That gave a good base to the bag too. Then I stuffed the glasses with tissue paper and put the bottle openers inside, then wrapped the glasses in a layer of bubble wrap and put them in the bags. Topped the whole thing off with more tissue paper and voila! Groomsmen gifts. 

For our ring bearer and flower girl I found these adorable bags on Amazon: 


You can find them here (flower girl) and here (ring bearer). Let me tell you - these were a HUGE hit with the kids, who were both 3 1/2 years old. They were wearing them everywhere but down the aisle. I stuffed both of them with goodies for the kids - little toys I found in dollar aisle at Target, crayons, stickers, gummy snacks, M&Ms, and also this book ("Pinkalicious: Flower Girl") I found for the flower girl. I put both of the backpacks in larger gift bags and put coloring books in there as well. So fun!

I stupidly did not take pictures of the bags I made for my girls, but I got black tote bags from Hobby Lobby and put monogram luggage tags on them that I found at Michaels in those bins near the check out line at the front of the store. Inside of their bags they got bags of Skittles (obviously), these flip flops from Old Navy in a dark gray, and bracelets and earrings I had custom made by Me-Daya Blair Jewelry. I wrapped all of their jewelry in these aqua boxes and purple ribbon. Cute!



For my maid of honor, I also put in a picture frame and the movie "Made of Honor" with Patrick Dempsey. : )

One note about all of these places I ordered from: All of them were fantastic. I received my orders well within (and mostly earlier) than the shipping ranges advertised, and everything we ordered arrived in excellent condition. Hooray for everyone!!!

We also wrote little thank you  notes for each of the bags. We were kind of stumped with what to do for our parents, so we gave both sets a box of tissues and gift cards for places they like. 

And there you have it... all of our gifts!
-K.

1 comment:

  1. Great gifts! :) I'm sure everyone loved them, and you packaged them so beautifully! We had 8 on each side. Crazy. We got our groomsmen engraved tankards from Things Remembered. As you said, why are men so hard to shop for? I also bought my girls their jewelry for the day. I think that's one of the nicest things you can do for your bridesmaids....especially if you want their jewelry to be uniform.

    I'm totally loving your wedding posts, by the way. :)

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