But thanks to connections at work, blogging, online discounts, bargain hunting and giveaways, I was able to score some really awesome gifts for everyone on our gift list for under $300! First up, our bridesmaids' gifts. My bridesmaids really helped us out, whether with planning, performing tasks, hooking us up with great vendors or giving us a generous amount of money for the wedding. So obviously I wanted to spoil them with nice goodies! Instead of going for one expensive gift (which I couldn't afford) I decided to go with a grab bag full of smaller awesome gifts. Sure, I may have gone overboard with the gifts...but I really wanted to show them how much I appreciated them!
Each bridesmaid got a small clasp clutch purse from brands such as Lena Lime Studio, Amanda Pearl (thank you Merci New York!) and Stila Cosmetics.
Lena Lime clutch purse for my MOH
Amanda Pearl clutch for my Matron of Honor (her's was actually pink)
I purchased two Stila makeup clutches from Beautycrunch.com for my 2 bridesmaids (both for less than $22 each)
I filled each purse with makeup from Stila, Urban Decay, Loreal, Senna, Sephora and Clinique.
I also scored some beauty products from Moroccan Oil, Loreal and Morning's Mist Country Store through connections at work and sponsors of my blog.
They also received handmade soap from Morning's Mist Country Store and Sweet Sally Soaps (thank goodness for blog giveaways!).
On top of all that, they received handmade Hawaiian jewelry from Kreations by Kawai: and this Hawaiian jeweler on etsy
The blue Tahitian shell pearl necklace I gave to bridesmaid #2
The Lotus Flower Necklace for my Matron of Honor
The Opihi shell necklace I gave to bridesmaid #1
The Opihi shell necklace I bought for my MOH
And, wait, there's more! They each received genuine pearl earrings:
Guy and Eva mother of pearl earrings for my MOH
Mother of Pearl earrings from House of Peltier for my Matron of Honor
Freshwater pearl earrings from Dazzling Jewelry and Pearls for Bridesmaid #1
and Freshwater Pearl Earrings from Bellalu and Me for Bridesmaid #2
I put their gifts in cute lauhala bags I ordered from Ailana Kai, an online shop based out of Honolulu. Each tote was only $2.50 each!
So, for four grab bag of goodies for each of my bridesmaids (including tax and shipping), I spent a total of $120! A huge thank you to my blog sponsors and blog giveaways!!!!
I also gave my MOH and Matron of Honor extra gifts for being so helpful and hosting our wedding shower. I gave my MOH a bangle bracelet from Guy and Eva:
And my Matron of Honor received a handstamped mother of pearl necklace with each of her three daughters' names from The Vintage Pearl
And since my mom helped my ladies put on a nice party, we gave her a gift certificate for a free massage at a nearby spa. Total for all 3 hostess gifts? $30. For realz. Enter those giveaways!!!
Coming up: Our groomsmen's gifts