Alec and I have been engaged since June 10th of last year and time has flown by so quickly since then. You can read more about how Alec proposed to me here.
We agreed to wait until the summer of 2016 to tie the knot so that I could focus on finishing nursing school and taking the NCLEX. As the last few weeks of college were wrapping up, I decided to do a little crafting. I made gift bags asking my girls if they would be in my wedding. This is a great and inexpensive way to "propose" to the ladies that you want to have by your side on your wedding day.
If you want to make one of your own or pin this for when you tie the knot...here is how:
First, I gathered a few supplies that match the color theme of our wedding. We are using pinks and greens, inspired by the colors in a bouquet of roses. Our wedding is going to be very rustic and is in a barn, so I chose paper bags and earth tones to match that theme. Make sure you get enough supplies for every gift bag you make.
What I used:
colored paper clips
mini shot bottles
paint palette samples
vanilla scented candles
small tie bags
I got mini shots for each bag that were pineapple coconut flavored. I got one for myself (of course) and mixed it with orange juice. It is absolutely my new favorite flavor of vodka.Then, I simply taped on a piece of paper that says "So, what do you say? Will you give it a shot and be my bridesmaid?" to each bottle. One of them said "maid of honor" instead of "bridesmaid" and I just used a different colored washi tape on that one to tell it apart form the others. I used washi tape so that it would not stick too much to the paper and rip it when the girls opened it.
I bought this heart shaped paper punch when I was in an excited, newly engaged frenzy last summer, so I am making sure I use it! I punched them all out of scrap paper of different patterns.
I filled each little tie bag with the cut out hearts and a candle.
I print out these different sheets of paper for each girl. I described the basics of our wedding day and what I have in mind for dresses. Another has superlatives for each of the girls and describes them so that each bridesmaid can learn more about the others in a light-hearted way. Then I listed some funny things that are part of their role as my bridesmaids. I finished with a few promises about my role towards them. I blurred out some personal details on all of the print outs.
I also added a few color palette samples in each gift bag to give the girls a better idea of the wedding colors.
I also added this page in for all of the ladies showing what we are working with!
I loved how they turned out after they were all packaged up. I only cried a few times when handing them out.
I hope you enjoyed this simple DIY. I hope to share more of these along the way as I begin to really charge into wedding planning over the next few months so make sure to follow along!