I haven’t shared much about my engagement/wedding on the blog yet, so what better to start then with a DIY project? I’m so incredibly happy to be marrying the love of my life, and I was also incredibly happy to ask my bridal party to join me on my special day. I scoured Pinterest for ways to ask my bridesmaids to be bridesmaids, but I really couldn’t find anything that fit my style. There were a lot of cute and clever options, but I wanted something that was sentimental and could be kept forever. I wanted a beautiful keepsake that had a lot of thought put into it, and that would blow my bridal party away.
I knew that I wanted to make a personalized box for each girl, but I didn’t know much more than that when I started my venture. I decided to go to Michaels for inspiration, and ended up finding these incredible wooden book boxes. They also have them available on Amazon, here.
I then searched around and found a few stickers/scrapbook decorations that pertained to each girl. Since we are most likely having blue as a wedding color, I picked my favorite shade of blue to paint the boxes in.
As I said before, I wanted to personalize the front of the boxes. To do this, I used my Silhouette Portrait
to design and cut stencils saying their name and “Will you be my bridesmaid?” or in my sister’s case, “Will you be my matron of honor?”
I also chose a quote that reminded me of each girl, designed a stencil of it, and cut it using my Portrait
for the inside of the book.
Another personal touch I added was printing off a stack of my favorite photos with each girl, and wrapping it with a twine ribbon. It was so nostalgic going through all the memories!
I used my printer to print “read me” on each bag, and glued it into the box.
I loved thinking of little details that reminded me of each girl. For example, crabbing has always been a big part of my life. I spent most of my time growing up at the Jersey Shore, and I spent a majority of those days crabbing with my grandpa. My sister, my cousin, and my best friend all had that memory with me, and shared in the joy that my grandpa brought us through crabbing. Therefore, when I saw this little guy at Michaels, I couldn’t resist:
I also included another memory from my grandpa in my sister’s and my cousin’s boxes. Every summer, my grandpa grew each of his granddaughters a sunflower in the garden. This was one of our favorite traditions, and we always loved choosing which sunflower was ours.
The best thing about these boxes is that you can really personalize them for your own bridal party. Have a favorite song together? Print the lyrics. Went on a vacation together? Include a trinket. Went to the beach all the time together? Glue in a shell.
It really will take you down memory lane looking back on all the good times you’ve had together. And as it did for me, it will really solidify why you’ve chosen these girls to be next to you on your big day.