When we first got engaged, I had no clue what to do or where to start. I pretty much used Instagram as my guide to see what timeline other brides followed. Although my bridal party had a good idea that they’d be summoned, I still felt it appropriate to formally ask them. I hate asking people to do things for me, so when I knew that I was going to have to ask these women to spend a couple thousand dollars on not one, but two weddings, bachelorette trips and whatever else brides do before they get married, properly asking them was the least that I could do. None of my friends are married and my sister didn’t have a wedding, so I didn’t fully understand all of the sacrifices a (good) bridesmaid is subjected to. You definitely start to feel the pressure when you see how extravagant some other brides are in their bridesmaid proposals with special catered dinners, extravagant gifts and even bridesmaid trips before the bachelorette party. I know my bridesmaids well enough to make them smile, so I went that route.
I never explored the idea of adding much color to our wedding and knew I wanted it to be a clean black tie event, so that’s what I went for when searching for our boxes. Honestly, I’m a bit jealous of how well Nate’s boxes came out. Everything we chose for his boxes pairs together perfectly! Me and my girlfriends know each other so well and we all have such unique and understanding relationships. We’re all classy sophisticated young women… who love a great time. I wanted my box to reflect that. I love champagne and drink every beverage out of a straw, so the ask was representative of myself, but I also wanted my girls to have something they could use and enjoy for themselves, which is where the flute and makeup bag came in.
I found my boxes on Amazon, the Moet splits at our local liquor store and the card, and champagne flutes off of Etsy. The gold makeup bags were a Nordstrom find and I filled them with Advil, Emergen-C, gum and ear plugs for my upcoming bachelorette. The small items like the silver straw, the paper filling and decorative flags were all found at Target.
Everything for Nate’s boxes were found off of Etsy, which can easily get a little pricey. The customization of the items are what make them so unique, but is also what makes them so expensive. Nonetheless, he made some excellent choices in filling his boxes. He picked out customized bow tie boxes, cards and customized flasks. He also gifted them with the bow tie they will be wearing on the day of the wedding.
With only a couple months left until our big day, we move on to whatever planning remains for our upcoming wedding in March. We’re definitely looking forward to it reflecting our unique style down to every detail.
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