Most girls wait months to decide who their bridesmaids are but for this bride-to-be it was one of the first things I did. I read a post the other day that said you need to decide what kind of bride you’re going to be; the one who does all the planning herself and mainly needs the bridesmaids the day of the wedding, or someone who needs a helping hand every step of the way. You can guess which one I am….the latter. My job has gotten increasingly overwhelming, the blog has really taken off and my weekends are slammed with events and/or errands. Literally every moment of my day is busy so I knew immediately that I was going to need extra help.
I started off wanting to do boxes for all the girls; filled with inside jokes, pictures, and other personalized gifts; but with 6 bridesmaids the price was quickly climbing. If everybody had something different then buying things in sets of 4 or pre-packed goods wouldn’t work. So I readjusted to a smaller more detailed option. I hate junk a.k.a those cute binder clips that are the color of the wedding but would never realistically be used, and I knew those were not the types of gifts I wanted to give. I wanted the gifts to be meaningful and related to the wedding. Starting point was my wedding colors: rose gold, lavender and white. From there I was able to come up with a theme and parameters around what I wanted to buy. Total budget was $100.
This was a total score from Target. I started off wanting to purchase wooden boxes from Michaels and painting them lavender, but again the cost of each box for 6 girls was pricey. Plus I don’t own any arts and crafts materials at home so everything would have been bought brand new. I decided to go to Target and see if I could find something pre-made and walllah! There was this amazing gold box. I only saw one bag on display, and was lucky enough to have an associate find 5 more in the back of the store. I was able to get the exact amount I needed!
Mini Champagne Bottle
This idea came from Etsy. I stumbled on some adorable champagne labels that had cute bridesmaid quotes. I really loved them, but I couldn’t wait for them to come in the mail, and it was 40 bucks for all the labels I wanted. Other downside was, I wanted a special quote for my Matron of Honor, and since they all came as a set they had the same quote on them. I scraped the label idea but stuck to buying the champagne bottle and tied a lavender ribbon around it to incorporate my colors.
Candles are hard gifts to give because everyone is so particular about certain scents. I knew I wanted something that fit my colors, but that also smelled good. I was lucky to get both. A sea blossom scented candle with a rose gold case. It was a total hit and it’s something people can actually use.
This genius idea was my mothers. I wanted to put something in the bag to fill it out; either tissue paper or crinkle confetti paper. I couldn’t find confetti paper in lavender, so my mom suggested buying lavender tissue paper and shredding it in a paper shredder. It made this beautiful thin ribbon sheet-like paper that was great for fluffing up the bag.
Will you be my bridesmaid
Of course the bag wouldn’t be complete without actually asking them to be my bridesmaids/matron of honor. Again I was going to buy these from Etsy, but by the time I got to this point I was at the top of my budget. I found some free bridesmaid designs online (pictured above), went to staples and had them printed on cardstock. It was so easy I’m mad I didn’t think about it earlier!
- Box: $3 a piece = $18
- Mini Champagne Bottle: Cooks $9 for a set of 4 = $18
- Scented Candle: $3 a candle =$18
- Tissue Paper for Ribbon: $2
- Bridesmaid Cards: $7
Total Cost: $63
I bought everything from Target but here’s a list of other places I shopped and a few gift ideas I considered
- Home Goods
- Coffee Mug engraved with Bridesmaid + Starbucks Gift Card.
- Journals + A Calendar with all important dates for the wedding process (for brides who are a little further on with their planning)
- Champagne Flute engraved with Bridesmaid to go with the Champagne bottle
- Frame + Picture of a memory with you and the Bridesmaid
- Chocolate truffles with either wine or champagne.