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Wedding Belles: Asking Your Bridal Party!

May 31, 2016

Welcome to the first blog post of my wedding planning series! I’m so excited to take all of you along on my planning journey 😉 I feel like as soon as you get engaged, everyone starts asking you about the date, venue, your wedding colors, etc! But I knew as soon as I got engaged, the first thing I wanted to do was ask my bridal party to be a part of the wedding. Gifts are my love language and I truly love seeing someone’s reaction when they open a gift that I put a lot of time and thought into. Every girl in my bridal party has such an important role in my life and I’m so so so happy to have them stand by me on one of the most special days of my life.

I knew I wanted to do a little box of some sort for them, but didn’t want to spend a ton of money. After all – it’s the thought that counts! I looked on Pinterest for a long time to get ideas and finally compiled a bunch of ideas into one very adorable gift box. I headed to my local Michael’s and Target to get my DIY on.

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I was able to take advantage of all of the knick knacks in Michael’s dollar item bins. The mini photo frames and the compact mirrors were only $1.50 each! They came in a bunch of colors, but I loved the theme of white and gold for the boxes so I chose white frames and gold glitzy compacts. The boxes were only $4, the bag of white filler was $3, and the ribbon was $1.50. I also picked up cute little name tags and decorative red lips. I knew I really wanted to include a jewelry dish for the girls and personalize it. Similar dishes on Etsy were about $10 each and I had a feeling I would be able to DIY them myself. I picked up a gold oil based Sharpie marker at Michael’s and trinket dishes at Target for $2 each. I must have practiced writing out their names so many times before writing the final version on the dish lol. Don’t worry – if you mess up you can quickly wipe it off with a warm washcloth. Once your design is finalized you just have to bake them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and presto – you have your own DIY jewelry dish! Such a fun way to personalize the gifts and all of my bridesmaids loved their little dishes! Adding a framed photo of us was also another way that I personalized the boxes – so cute digging through years of fun memories to find the perfect picture.

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In total, I spent under $12 per bridesmaid box and all of my bridesmaids loved this little thoughtful gift! I hope that you got some inspiration from this post if you’re thinking of a creative and sweet way to ask your girls to be in your bridal party 🙂

I’m hoping to blog every month about the wedding planning process – so far, we’ve booked our venue (which has been a huge relief!). I feel like once the venue is booked everything else just starts falling into place. I heavily researched on Wedding Spot to narrow down to my top three venues. Definitely recommend starting there if you’re uncertain about where you want your wedding and how much you want to spend 🙂 They allow you to filter venues for a whole geographical area by guest count, budget, and items you want for your wedding (indoor/outdoor/etc).

Next weekend is one of the best parts of wedding planning – dress shopping!! I would be lying if I said I haven’t watched countless episodes of Say Yes to the Dress in preparation. 😉 Years of pinning dresses on my wedding board is finally going to pay off! My ideal style has changed a lot of the past few years so I’m excited to try on tons of different styles and see which one will end up being “the one.” Hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend! XOXO

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