When we started planning our wedding we carefully considered every tradition and whether or not we wanted to include it. I asked “what does it mean to be a bridesmaid? why or why not have them?” I couldn’t imagine not being surrounded by my best friends on such a happy day, but what next?
I knew I wanted to set the tone: that being a bridesmaid was more than a supporting role, but rather about thanking these women for blessing my life over the last decade (or two). I couldn't think of a better way to spoil them than by popping the question (“will you be my bridesmaid?”) with POPSUGAR’s Must Have bridesmaid boxes. The Kendra Scott necklace is my favorite part, they will be wearing them the day of the wedding. The box also contains beauty products, designer mints, and a jeweled picture frame. (It’s a retail value of $170 for only $75!) Check out some photos box below and you can click through to read more about each individual item.
I also enclosed the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” card, above. I had them custom made by Bright Light Paper. We collaborated on the design, and they were hand water-colored by the designer Elizabeth. Inside the card, I wrote a note asking them to be my bridesmaid!
Needless to say, my friends were just a LITTLE excited to receive these boxes in the mail. Here are some pictures they sent me of when they opened them. I’ve never had so much fun answering my phone as I did that day. One friend was having a bad day at work and the box literally made her cry. It was the perfect way to kick things off!
Once I had 8 “yes!” responses the real fun began – deciding on dresses. I thought about choosing a color and having them shop for their own dresses, but I wanted to make it even easier by providing their dresses so they wouldn’t have to shop at all. I chose the “Maid Your Way” dress by Sorella Vita (Essense of Australia’s bridesmaid line). I love how it’s convertible so you can wear it different ways. It still has a slight mismatched look while being totally pulled together. I gave them three color choices thinking we’d do a mix of neutrals but everyone surprised me by choosing pink (blush, not the pictured pink), and they will wear their own nude shoes.
Last but certainly not least, I plan to do gift bags on the morning of the wedding while we are getting ready. I’m collaborating with Ooh Baby Designs to design some monogrammed tote bags and makeup cases. (An example from their website below.) The designer Stephanie sends you fabric choices so you can customize, and inside I’ll put snacks and any other cute trinkets I pick up along the way. I sure hope these ladies feel loved because I sure love them!
What bridesmaid traditions are you most fond of or would rather pass on? What are the best bridesmaid gifts you’ve ever given or received?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by POPSUGAR Must Have. Some of the items in this post were provided for promotional consideration. The opinions and ideas expressed are my own.