The Tradition of Asking
Yes, it sounds silly, the thought of asking your best friend to be your Bridesmaid. What is the tradition behind asking and why should you ask rather than assume? Because being a Bridesmaid is a lot of WORK. Believe me, I was Maid of Honor for my sister’s wedding and I did plenty of work for the wedding. Last year I planned a bachelorette party for 17 girls and an amazing bridal shower! So yes, you do have to ask your friends to be your bridesmaid, because it’s a time commitment and financial commitment.
This weekend I put together gift boxes and invited my sister and two best friends out to brunch and asked them, “Will you be my Bridesmaid?”
They said YES!
The Gift Box
There are countless ways to ask your bridesmaids to stand by your side on your big day. I definitely scrolled through Pinterest a few times and got some ideas then decided on brunch and gift boxes. I found these gift boxes on Etsy and ended up ordering them from WeddingFavorites.com. I really liked that their name is on the top of the box and the message is on the inside so they can reuse the box for closet storage or decoration. Be sure to think about your bridesmaids first when getting the gifts and try to think of something they will use!
I ended up texting my bridesmaid Katie and asking for a few ideas of what she might want. I still wanted it to be a surprise, but I didn’t want to get something she already had. When planning the bachelorette party last year I got everyone cute personalized wine glasses only to have people say, “Great, I have 4 of these.” Long story short – get input and then surprise your bridesmaids.
The gifts inside the boxes are a travel jewelry case from Royce New York and a robe from Nordstrom. The monogrammed jewelry travel case is something my bridesmaids will use forever, especially with the quality of leather from Royce New York. Also, the robes will be for getting ready the day of the wedding. I like that this robe is long enough to be cozy while getting ready, but still a little sexy with the lace details.
Next Steps For Wedding Planning
The wedding planning has only started. Justin proposed back in December, read my blog post on the surprise proposal here, since then we haven’t toured venues or picked our guest list. Yes, we are behind on wedding planning. Right after he proposed we were consumed with the holidays and family time. After New Years we bought a house and have been focusing all our time coordinating moving into a new house! With so much going on wedding planning has taken the back seat.
Next month I’m hoping to go down to Houston to try on dresses at BHLDN and I really want to tour Ashton Gardens as a potential wedding venue! I’ll be keeping you guys updated on everything. Stay connected on Instagram and Pinterest! Also, don’t forget to sign up for my email list to get notifications about the latest blog posts.