Will You Be My Bridesmaid? How we asked!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

There are numerous ways you can ask your bridal party to be part of your big day.

1. You could simply ask via phone, text, or even better facetime (I don't recommend texting)
2. You could take your bridal party out to lunch, dinner, drinks to get them all together and ask.
3. You could send them flowers with the note card asking
4. If you live far away or they live far away send a box asking with a small gift. (You can do this even if they live next door!

I was able to get Kyle to give a box to his sister in person and was able to use my original idea and shown in my video. This box would have cost $20 to ship with UPS therefore, I went with flat rate shipping with USPS for $5.95.

Some things I had to consider with shipping
Weight - The more weight the more it costs to ship (Unless you utilize flat rate shipping)
Alcohol - I'll admit it, I am a big champagne lover. Therefore, I really wanted to ship small split size bottles. However, when researching it seemed iffy that it is even legal and my experience with UPS verified it wouldn't have been a good idea. UPS questioned me on every item that was in my boxes that I had wrapped and addressed with my calligraphy skills I have picked up on. They wanted to charge $18 for 1 box that weighed 5 ounces. For a box shipping to Hawaii with the same weight, they were asking $50 both would take 7 days to ship. I came to the conclusion that UPS was not the route for me use for shipping.

The best method for shipping,FLAT RATE! I used USPS, all boxes we supplied by USPS, they didn't question what was inside, they got it there in 2 days including the box to Hawaii, and the best part is they all cost me $5.95 I was able to track the packages and once the screen showed delivered I told my girls to go check their mailbox!

Ideas for gifts A majority of bridesmaid boxes I looked up on pinterest, youtube and blogs all shared 1 thing in common, RING POPS! Which was the hardest thing to find. A couple girls stated they found a pack at Target, which was the place with no luck. However, I did find them at the Dollar Tree, and Walmart in the checkout lane on the bottom row.

Make up! Utilize the travel size cosmetics near the check out at Ulta or Sephora. Keep in mind of what is most commonly used amongst your girls, or if they occasionally wear any at all. All of my girls wear at least mascara so I purchased a deluxe travel set by Buxom with a mascara and eyeliner for the girls who wear exactly that. For the ladies who religiously wear more make up, I got a deluxe travel size Better Than Sex mascara, and Eyeshadow Insurance by Too Faced.

I have seen at the local paperie shop that there are cards asking to be in your bridal party but I thought of making it a little more fun by purchasing spools in the Hobby Lobby scrapbook section and wrapping ribbon around it and using a fine tip Sharpie asking "Will you be my bridesmaid?" I did try to incorporate the considered (not firm at this moment) wedding colors gold and blush by spray painting the spools with gold foil Krylon spray paint. The ribbon color I chose was a light pink.

One idea that I've seen that was really cool was putting a piece of paper asking inside a balloon and inflating it and taping a safety pin to it with a note that says pop me. Now, when I thought about that and shipping flat rate for a box to fit that plus the other gifts would cost around $13 dollar per box which absorbed more of the budget than the $6 small box that had just enough room for the gifts and the perfect amount of confetti paper to pack the box tight in case of any damages.

As my final note
The bridesmaid box is to be a nice gesture, not one to be over the top. Save the nice gifts for the wedding. If you want to see them open the box via facetime than I suggest writing on the box. Facetime me before opening. I did not do this and although everyone either snap chatted accepting, text with photo, or posting the exciting news on facebook it wasn't as intimate as seeing it first hand, which is the one thing that makes planning a wedding far away difficult.

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