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How Much Should I Spend on Bridesmaid Gifts?

Ask a Savvy Bride: How Much Should I Spend on Bridesmaids?

Being someone's bridesmaid is a great honor, but it requires a lot of work, which is why most brides thank their wedding party with a carefully thought out gift of appreciation; but how much should one spend? There's no right amount but by reading the answer to the question below, hopefully you'll have a good idea as to where to start. You can also submit your questions in our Ask Savvy group.

Dear Savvy,

My wedding is coming up and I'm at a loss as to what to gift my bridesmaids who have been nothing short of amazing throughout my 10 month engagement. Like every bride, money is tight, but I still want to give my girls a nice present to show my appreciation for the love and support they've given me. Is there an appropriate price range?

Clueless Cassie

To see what a savvy bride has to say about this, keep reading after the jump.

Savvy bride says:

Giving your wedding party a gift as a token of your appreciation is traditional, not to mention a very nice gesture, but note that it's not necessarily a requirement. With that said, the bridesmaid gift price ranges run the gamut. I think it all depends on your financial situation.

To start, the size of your wedding party will help dictate how much you spend, but at the end of the day, it's not about the dollar amount as much as it is the thought put into the gift. If you have just a few girls and you're able to splurge, a piece of jewelry or a Pashmina to wear with the bridesmaid dress, a monogrammed bathrobe for getting ready in, or a personalized silver frame or makeup bag are some good ideas. If you're on a budget, you could treat your girls to a mani/pedi, or gift a cute pair of flip-flops to wear toward the end of the reception. A special candle, an elegant box of chocolates, or a gift certificate for room service are also lovely treats.

There is no right or wrong answer to your question, but one thing I will suggest is that you give the same gift to each girl (except if you want to differentiate your maid of honor) so feelings don't get hurt. And remember, hand write a personalized card that reminds her how thankful you are for her friendship, love, and support — sometimes the cards are the best gifts!

Ask anything budget-, etiquette-, or planning-related — well, almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and I'll find the right expert to help you out. If you are planning a wedding, already happily wed, or still looking for Mr. Right, start sharing your big day with our community. Don’t forget to check the wedding content box on your post.

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Anne26 Anne26 5 years
Don't make your bridesmaid pay $270.00 for a dress like a year before the wedding!!!!!!!!
bisou002 bisou002 5 years
i agree, no more tote bags!
bisou002 bisou002 5 years
i agree, no more tote bags!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Obviously everyone enjoys getting different things. Personally, I've loved getting jewelry as a gift for the weddings I've been in. Although, I have been able to wear the pieces after the wedding. I was less-than-thrilled with the tote bags I received at two weddings because I already have a ton of them and the last thing I needed was yet another tote bag filled with more toiletries that I didn't need. It really depends on your individual girls and what you think they need/would appreciated the most.
SweetKatie SweetKatie 5 years
i agree that a gift should be something that they don't only use during the wedding. after all these girls are buying dresses and shoes, paying for their hair and makeup and throwing and attending countless parties. yes a wedding is expensive but being a bridesmaid ain't cheap either.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
for the wedding i was in, we got a Swarovski necklace for our gift and i loved it...we wore it for the wedding but i also wear it regularly now, since the weddingi think the advice was really good!i also don't really think that a mani/pedi is "treating" them...i think it's saying "i want you to have this professional spa treatment so your digits look good for my wedding"...yes it's nice that they don't have to pay for it themselves, but it's not really a gift...they could do it at home if they wanted to or not do it at all
skigurl skigurl 5 years
for the wedding i was in, we got a Swarovski necklace for our gift and i loved it...we wore it for the wedding but i also wear it regularly now, since the wedding i think the advice was really good! i also don't really think that a mani/pedi is "treating" them...i think it's saying "i want you to have this professional spa treatment so your digits look good for my wedding"...yes it's nice that they don't have to pay for it themselves, but it's not really a gift...they could do it at home if they wanted to or not do it at all
runningesq runningesq 5 years
(I also had them wear whatever black cocktail dress they wanted, whatever shoes they wanted, and my mom's friends threw my shower, so I think their expenses were fairly minimal!)
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Please no jewelry "as a gift." If a bride wants her BMs to wear matching jewelry, then she should buy it, but IMO there should be another gift. USUALLY BM jewelry isn't that great.I gave my girls monogramed LL Bean tote bags with tolietries/ stationary/ little things inside, and treated to a manicure/ pedicure the day before the wedding.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Please no jewelry "as a gift." If a bride wants her BMs to wear matching jewelry, then she should buy it, but IMO there should be another gift. USUALLY BM jewelry isn't that great. I gave my girls monogramed LL Bean tote bags with tolietries/ stationary/ little things inside, and treated to a manicure/ pedicure the day before the wedding.
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