Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wedding Wednesday!! : Bridesmaid Box

I have officially been engaged for for over four and a half months and, up until last week, I hadn't OFFICIALLY asked all my bridesmaids to be in my wedding yet!

I knew I wanted to do something cute and the most popular/cute thing that I've come across is the growingly popular bridesmaid box/proposal of sorts. After taking a look at a handful via pinterest and instagram, I put together one of my own for my four girls.

First, I had planned on going to my local craft store and buying and painting cigar boxes but when I saw these cute boxes at Target (they were a Valentine's day item) (similar), I thought they were too cute to pass up!

1. I stopped at my local home improvement store and picked up some paint swatches to show the girls the color scheme that I have dreamed up in my head. A pretty mix of peaches, mints and golds. (the gold glitter clothespin holding them all together was a Michael's find, their bargain bins are always a great place to find all sorts of goodies! Similar here and here.)
2. At Michael's I also picked up a fun ribbon/twine/yarn collection, all in the family of colors of the wedding. I used them to tie up the adorable tote bags that I got them all. (See Below)

3. I got my craft on creating these gold glitter mini champagne bottles (and a mini Martinelli's for my pregnant bridesmaid-to-be). You can find a tutorial on how I did it here
4. I put together a little informational packet for the girls explaining "Our Day", "Your Role", "My Girls" and "Your Dresses". I bound them all together with a little gold sparkle tape (Michael's). 
5. I knew as soon as I saw these cards on etsy that I would be buying them. They were adorable and in JUST the right colors! (Both the tags and stickers used for the names were found in the Target dollar spot.) 
 6. Because it's me, I had to include an emergency sewing kit (similar) in the box. (They were another Michael's bargain spot find.)
 7. For jotting down any wedding related notes or doodles, I included a notepad (Target dollar spot) and gold glitter pencil (Michael's bargain section). 
8. Even though I already gave them the notepads, these gold foil notebooks (that were also a Target dollar spot find) (similar) were a must-have!

I had so much fun putting these boxes together for my girls! I plan on taking every chance that I have to do something fun and craft every step of the way for this wedding and clearly, asking my girls was no exception!

With that said, let me introduce you to my bridesmaids!
Danica
 Matron of Honor (but we don’t like the word matron so let’s just stick with maid). I’ve known Danica since middle school. We were always friends but I’d say we really got the closest after college when we moved in together. We’ve been through a lot together; the good, the bad and the ugly and I couldn’t imagine this special day without her. Danica has been a classmate, a co-worker, a roommate, a friend, but most of all, I consider her a sister.  
Stacy  
Stacy is my oldest friend. I met her even before I could read and write. After switching schools, we lost touch until reconnecting again in middle school and it was like no time had passed. I still remember all those sleepovers where we would plan our future lives and say we were going to have daughters at the same time and they were going to be best friends. Well, she’s on boy number two, so there’s still a chance! Haha. Stacy is the most level headed person I know and I’m so lucky that I’ve gotten to call her my friend, even after all these years.
Stefana
 It’s no secret, when I first met Stefana while working at Red Robin, I didn’t like her. But it’s only because she was so pretty and all the boys were drooling over her so really, my dislike for her was a compliment! Haha. In the almost ten years since knowing Stefana she has become one of my best friends. Stefana is a caring, nurturing, motherly type, but also the biggest kid I’ve ever known. I admire her wackiness and every so often, it rubs off on me.  
Haley
Haley is my sorority sister and travel companion. She kept me sane during long recruitment meetings and the ever daunting Greek Week. We spent time as recruitment counselors together and even traveled down under! Haley and I always seem to be on the same wavelength with the same twisted sense of humor and love of nostalgic high school bands, we just get each other. I’m glad to have found a lifelong friend in a sorority sister.

I've known all of these girls for 10+ years now and I couldn't imagine saying I do without them. I'm so lucky that I get to share this journey with these wonderful women! 

11 comments:

Stefana said...

Such a cute post! So excited to be there for every step of the way.

danica said...

YESSSSSS My moth wings are READY

Style Stun said...

I saw you follow Cara Loren and I do too! Cute blog...love this latest post.

XO, Nat
www.stylestun.com

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! What did you include on 'The Roles' Card?

Shea Crystal said...

I actually still have the word document so I can tell you EXACTLY what I put on the "Your Role" card:

Your Role
Considering I’ve been in (almost) all of your weddings, I know a thing or two about being a bridesmaid. I know that it can be a bit overwhelming.

All I’m asking of my beautiful bridesmaids is your love and support (and maybe a good venting session here and there).

I want this wedding to be just as much about the people that we love as it is about us. I want you all to have fun and know how truly special each one of you is to me. That being said, all I expect of you is as follows:
- Look fabulous, as always
- Wipe away my happy tears
- Help me go pee
- Save a dance for me
- Have fun!


Hope that helped! :)

Emmi said...

Thank you! Perfect, just needed a little inspiration! You have an amazing page!

Kelly Caloway said...

Can you share what was on the other cards as well?? Specifically My Girls and Your Dresses? Thank you!!

Shea Crystal said...

No problem Kelly! :)

For "My Girls" I gave a brief description of each girl. Even though they had all met and knew each other from their interactions over the years I figured I'd explain how I knew each of them:
Danica- Matron of Honor (but we don’t like the word matron so let’s just stick with maid). I’ve known Danica since middle school. We were always friends but I’d say we really got the closest after college when we moved in together. We’ve been through a lot together; the good, the bad and the ugly and I couldn’t imagine this special day without her. Danica has been a classmate, a co-worker, a roommate, a friend, but most of all, I consider her a sister.
Stacy- Stacy is my oldest friend. I met her even before I could read and write. After switching schools, we lost touch until reconnecting again in middle school and it was like no time had passed. I still remember all those sleepovers where we would plan our future lives and say we were going to have daughters at the same time and they were going to be best friends. Well, she’s on boy number two, so there’s still a chance! Haha. Stacy is the most level headed person I know and I’m so lucky that I’ve gotten to call her my friend, even after all these years.
Stefana- It’s no secret, when I first met Stefana while working at Red Robin, I didn’t like her. But it’s only because she was so pretty and all the boys were drooling over her so really, my dislike for her was a compliment! Haha. In the almost ten years since knowing Stefana she has become one of my best friends. Stefana is a caring, nurturing, motherly type, but also the biggest kid I’ve ever known. I admire her wackiness and every so often, it rubs off on me.
Haley- Haley is my sorority sister and travel companion. She kept me sane during long recruitment meetings and the ever daunting Greek Week. We spent time as recruitment counselors together and even traveled down under! Haley and I always seem to be on the same wavelength with the same twisted sense of humor and love of nostalgic high school bands, we just get each other. I’m glad to have found a lifelong friend in a sorority sister.

For "Your Dresses" I gave a description of what I was looking for (turns out I ended up going in a different direction after all but here is what I originally had):
Your Dresses
My main concern is that everyone feels comfortable and beautiful at our wedding.

That being said, I’m not going to pick out dresses and promise that “you can always wear them again” while full knowing that you never will.

In order for you all to feel your best, I would like for you all to choose your own dresses (Not gunna lie, I’d still like to have a final approval though). The wedding is going to have a romantic, eclectic vibe so I figured, why not the bridesmaid dresses too! I adore most of the dresses on lulus.com and modcloth.com. Take a look and see what you think!

I haven’t quite decided on a shade yet but I’ve included some paint swatches to give you an idea of the direction I’m going. I can’t seem to make up my mind between the muted mint color and the light peach/blush color, maybe I’ll decide after some input from you all. I do know that I’d prefer you all be in short dresses (it is the desert after all). As for shoes and accessories, I’m leaning towards a gold shoe and we can accessorize later. I’m so excited and can’t wait to spend this exciting time with all of you!

Hope that helps Kelly! Let me know if you have any other questions :)
-Shea

Melissa Pharr said...

for the information packet did you just print it on regular paper or did you use postcard paper?

Shea Crystal said...

Melissa,

I just printed it on regular copy paper, it would have probably made for a more polished look if I had used a thicker paper like a cardstock, but the printer paper ended up working out fine. :)

-Shea

Melissa Pharr said...

That's what I went with too! Thank you so much! ;)