Before you walk down the isle and say your “I dos,” before you even pick out your wedding dress, and wedding cake, and all of the important wedding details, you need to ask your main girls, your sisters and your best friends, if they will stand by your side while you take one of the most important steps in your life.
In recent years the ask has been elevated to new heights with fun “Will you be my bridesmaid” boxes that are loved and adored by all.
Brides love making them and bridesmaids love receiving them. The bridesmaid box has become a unique and fun way to honor the ladies who will be dedicating their time and efforts (not to mention their own money) towards making your wedding day go off without a hitch. It’s a great way to thank your maid of honor and bridesmaids in advance and make them feel special and excited about your big day. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to open up a cute box of goodies personalized just for them?
You can browse Pinterest to find tons of unique ideas on how to create the perfect bridesmaid box, but you’ll quickly notice that there are four must-haves that you simply can’t go without. Below, you’ll find ideas on how to personalize your bridesmaid boxes along with some helpful tips and things to keep in mind.
First, Figure Out Your Budget
The great thing about bridesmaid boxes is that you get to decide what goes in, which means you can make them as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. If you have two or three bridesmaids you can go with something more substantial, depending on your budget. If you have 10 or more girls in your wedding party, you might want to opt for something more simple.
Once you decide on who you’re going to ask to be in your wedding party, figure out how much you want to spend on your bridesmaid boxes. Your budget will dictate not only what goes in each box, but how much you’ll have to do yourself. For example, your budget should help you figure out if you can afford custom printed “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards or if you should print out or write out your own cards.
Next, Figure Out What Goes In The Box
Once you have the numbers down, you can start deciding on what goes in each box. Ideally, you’ll want to include the same gifts for each bridesmaid, however each box should still be unique. How do you manage that, you might ask? This is where personalized gifts and DIY come in.
Of course, you can and probably should make the boxes for junior bridesmaids and flower girls, if you’re including them, different. You can also add something extra for your maid of honor, if you’d like, or you can distinguish your main lady in some special way in your gift box.
So what goes in the bridesmaid box?
While you’re searching for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, here are four main things that every bridesmaid box should include.
1. Something To Ask The Question
Whether you get them custom printed or create them yourself, you should include a personalized note that asks the big question. You can make your cards extra pretty (or extra silly), but the key is to include something from the heart. Reminisce on a favorite memory from your friendship, or how you two met and tell her why it’s so important to you that she’s by your side on your wedding day.
If there’s room in your budget, there are tons of cute and clever card designs that are just perfect for this. If you’re going the DIY route, just have fun with it and remember that what’s written is more important than what the card looks like.
2. Something For Her to Enjoy
Whether it’s her favorite bottle of wine or champagne or a box of chocolates, include something that she can enjoy. Mini alcohol bottles work great, as do full bottles of wine or champagne. If your bridesmaid to be isn’t drinking or is too young to drink, include a box of decadent chocolates or her favorite sweets.
You can even get personalized bottle labels to include on the bottles (and even the boxes of chocolate). One of our most popular designs includes the “Will you be my bridesmaid?” question right on the label!
3. Something Personalized
The next bridesmaid box essential is something custom-made and personalized. This is where the bulk of your spend will be, as this is really the main gift your gals will get to keep and enjoy. There are tons of options and different ways to personalize your gifts. You can go simple and add just a monogram or initial, or you can add their name and even their titles – bridesmaid, maid of honor, flower girl, etc.
Some of the most popular personalized gifts for bridesmaids include:
Champagne or wine glasses — stemless wine glasses are all the rage these days (as are our unique glass mason jar glasses) and will go great with your bottle of spirits, if you choose to include one.
A personalized robe and/or a makeup bag — these will come in extra handy on wedding day, making for great photo props as you get ready fro the altar with your girls.
A personalized tote bag — anyone can appreciate a cute tote bag; it’s a gift that your friends will get to use before, during and after your wedding.
4. Something Personal
Finally, you’ll want to add something personal that your gals will be able to treasure. Your favorite photo of the two of you is a great option; it will bring back memories and make your bridesmaid box truly special. You can make her a mixtape, print lyrics to a song you both love, or add something with an inside joke that you two share. This final part of your gift box doesn’t even have to cost a thing, but this is one thing that will matter most.