From the moment I met Ashley, back in 2010, before she and Justin were even engaged, I LOVED her! She is like an older sister to me, and we just click when it comes to about anything. I could always go to her for advice and call her at 2am if I needed her, everyone needs a friend like this! But that isn't the only reason why I asked her to be MOH. Justin and Ashley have a relationship that is truly special, inspiring, and REAL. They have a love for each other that I admire, and I believe that when it comes to having a Matron of Honor, it is someone who is wise in their ways , who knows the beauty and hardships of marriage, and is an example... and that's what she and Justin are to us. Scott also asked Justin to be a groomsmen! It was a wonderful moment that I will never forget. Cue tears! I just love our Gamboa family.
Over the past few months, I had seen some Pinterest Ideas (can be the worst and best thing while planning a wedding FYI!) about how to ask your bridesmaids formally to stand by you on your wedding day. I really liked the concept of a keepsake box for future use, but a lot of the colors made me cringe and I definitely didn't want to buy them all on Etsy it just would get way too pricey! SO I decided to make my own with inspirations of the colors of the wedding.
We are having an outdoor spring wedding, and I wanted to incorporate a rustic, Texas feel mixed with antique/vintage accents. As I'm not the biggest fan of the trendy mint and coral look, I like the softer pallets of it. Like a sage color, succulents, mixed with baby's breath and soft peach colors with ivory and lace. So I had an idea of what I wanted when I went to pick up supplies.
I don't call myself a crafter, in fact a lot of DIY projects just scare me and I'd MUCH rather just buy the darn things, but since this was a meaningful gift I wanted it to be special. I went to Joanns and picked up the following:
3 Cigar Boxes - Unfinished3 Picture Keepsake Boxes - Unfinished
A Couple Yards of Lace Fabric
1 Set of Peach Ribbon
1 Set of Mint Ribbon (They didn't have sage but it came out looking pretty!)
3 Sets of Mint Decor Flowers, Lace Decor Flowers, and Peach Decor Flowers (2 or 3 packs)
1 Pack of Foam Brushes
By the way, everything was from 25-50% off at the store, I couldn't believe it seeing my receipt, it was so cost friendly!
They did not have stains at Joanns so I stopped by Home Depot on the way home and got an English Rustic stain. I had never stained before so I was really nervous but OMG I love it! It is SO easy!! My Maid of Honor Suzy and I stained the boxes together with a few cocktails. SO fun!
I "wing'd" it when it came to decorating the outside of the boxes. I have 6 bridesmaids, so I saved the picture keepsake boxes for the Maid of Honor, MOH Jr, and Matron of Honor, and decorated the cigar boxes for my other ladies.
I really love the way that they turned out. All I needed was a glue stick, a glue gun, and some random creative ideas I'd get each time I did a new box. I downloaded a free printable from WeddingChicks.com for the "Will you be my?" and also wrote each bridesmaid a personalized note with a picture.
I filled the boxes with little tissue crinkles I got from HEB for about $1, and this is what I put in the box:
Mini Champagne BottleBody Scrub
Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cardstock
Letter to the Bridesmaid
Picture of us
I can say that this was SO fun for me to do, and meant so much to each Bridesmaid. I love these ladies so much and I wanted them to feel special and I think I did just that! Now for Raelyn, our little Flower Girl... she is about to be 3 years old, and so I what I did for her was a frame with a little poem, to be replaced with a picture of us together on my wedding day, her in her beautiful little gown she'll be in. I had 2 leftover flowers from my crafting so I hotglued them to a frame I already had, did the poem and decor on ribbet.com and printed it out as a 4x6 to fit in the frame. When Helen read it to Raelyn it was the sweetest thing!
So that's it! I still haven't given my Maid of Honors (Yes I have two, childhood friend and little sister) theirs because there is still some brainstorming and something else special I am wanting to do for them.
How did you ask your bridesmaids to stand by you on your big day or how do you plan to? I want to know! :-)