Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Wedding Wednesday: How I Asked My Bridesmaids To Be In My Wedding

Hi! I’ve missed y’all. After heading to Fairhope Wednesday of last week I knew that I probably wouldn’t have time to juggle wedding planning meetings, work, and getting new blog posts up, but I am happy to be back now. This specific blog post is one I’ve been extra excited to share with y’all, and based on your responses to previous question boxes about wedding planning on Instagram is one you’re eager to see as well. 

I’m starting to see firsthand just how excessive some of the costs and details of a wedding can be whether that’s because of Instagram or people just want their wedding to look different from someone else’s and it doesn’t take much to go down the rabbit hole of thinking you need *everything* for your wedding to feel beautiful or special. Some of the little things definitely aren’t necessary and I’d argue that asking your bridesmaids to be in your wedding with a gift falls into that category. Yet, here I am sharing the box I sent to mine…While I know that a phone call or handwritten note would’ve resulted in the same number of “yeses” as a gift box, gift-giving has always been something I’ve loved, and putting together a box of happy items for the girls willing to sacrifice a weekend to travel to and be in my wedding was something I looked forward to. At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong way to go about doing this, but I’m so pleased with how these turned out! 

For the past six months, I’ve been collecting items to include in these boxes for my bridesmaids and putting them in a drawer until the time came to package them up and send them off! I knew that I didn’t want the items inside to feel junky, but I also was doing this myself since in the grand scheme of things I didn’t want this expense to come out of our wedding budget. I am lucky to get to partner with some brands I love and had gift cards to both Joy Creative Shop and Weezie Towels (not sent for this purpose, just what I chose to use them on) that made curating these items more affordable. 

If you have an idea of what you may want to include then I think that’s a great place to start and after looking at the sizes of the items I wanted in the packages I decided to order the boxes I would use. Holy cow does Amazon have a lot of different choices in this department! I decided on these 10 x 8 x 4-inch gift boxes because I knew size-wise they would work well with the items I wanted to include, but I also was drawn to the curved front flap and the ability for me to tie a bow on them! Since they came as a pack of 15 and I only needed 8 now I have a few leftovers to use for future gifting purposes. I’ve received bridesmaid gift boxes with really nice magnet closures that I considered as well, but since I knew I needed to ship a few of them I didn’t want to be adding to the overall weight unnecessarily. You’ll see lots of different price points and sizes when shopping for these boxes, so ideally there should be an option out there that fits your needs! 

I knew the boxes would need some sort of cushioning in them, but I didn’t want crinkle paper to be the first thing that was seen when opening the box, so I ordered this adorable tissue paper by The Enchanted Home in collaboration with Carolyne Roehm as a nod to the colors we’d be using for our wedding. Since I somewhat work in retail I was able to use our Faire account to get this at wholesale pricing and am tempted to order the reversible wrapping paper for bridesmaids' gifts day of! I folded a piece of the tissue paper into thirds and placed it at the bottom of the assembled box and then put some navy crinkle paper that I ordered from Amazon on top of it to cushion the items I was including. Once those items were inside I put a bit more crinkle paper on top (I put bubble wrap under that for the ones being shipped) and finished the box off with another piece of tissue paper folded and a note to finish it off and make a pretty first impression! 

While those little packaging details are fun to me, I know y’all are likely more interested in what items I included inside! I had stocked up on Weezie Towel’s Makeup Towels during their birthday sale since I personally love using them and knew they would be a cute and practical item (that took up a good amount of space) for these boxes. They come in packs of two and I opted to place one of their classic “eyelids” style in each box. Beneath that, I had customized a notepad for each girl from Joy Creative Shop. I stuck to the same color scheme on each but played around with font choices based on what I thought each person would like best! I use to-do lists from Joy Creative Shop daily, so I thought this was a fun nod to something I love but also something that would definitely get used. I actually have a discount code for the website that gets you 10% off when entering DOROTHY10 at checkout. The stationery and gift tag stickers used on the boxes are also from the brand! Once we decided on an October date for the wedding I knew that was the perfect opportunity to purchase adorable ceramic ghosts I had seen to include in the boxes (and I definitely ordered a couple of extras for myself)! I was fortunate to be able to get these at wholesale pricing as well, but they are by Moon Moon Ceramics. I ordered the small size to include in the box and meant to put a battery-operated tea light candle in them but forgot about that until they were already tied up! I just can’t get over how cute these little ghosts are, and while I won’t be embracing Halloween with any wedding items this felt like a fun keepsake for everyone to use in their homes to commemorate the occasion. Since Karleigh, the owner, makes different size ghosts I was also sure to include her business card in the box in case anyone wanted a few more! 

While those were the main items, I knew I wanted to include Fairhope in some way within the box and decided two frosted cups from The Fairhope Store with a small bottle of Prosecco was a celebratory way to do so! I love going into my cup cabinet to grab a frosted cup and seeing what writing is on them whether it’s from a trip, a friend’s wedding, or an event I attended and hope that these provide that same feeling for my friends! 

As I mentioned, I included a handwritten note on Joy Creative Shop stationery that briefly summed up my appreciation of our friendship and asked each girl to be a part of our wedding party. The boxes I ordered came with a light blue ribbon that could be used to tie them, but I wasn’t sure how the quality would be, so I ordered navy 1-inch double-faced satin ribbon just in case. The ribbon that came with the boxes would’ve been fine to use, but I liked the way the navy looked better so I ended up tying the bow with that and placing a sticker right above it! 

I’m going to work on gathering additional ideas for items to include in bridesmaid “proposal” gifts to hopefully share with y’all soon. In the meantime, you can shop the items I included below! 


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