Images: Cynthia Shipp Photography
Sharing a sweet & simple DIY post today thanks to one of our favorite area photographers, Cynthia Shipp Photography (ps check out her STUNNING new website – including an adorable video). Her friend asked her to be a bridesmaid in her wedding with a special “DIY Bridesmaid Box” after seeing the idea originally on Wedding Chicks. I thought this was such a fun idea because it not only served a purpose, but could also be a gift to your wedding party attendants and a keepsake that they will actually use. Check out the details!
From Cynthia’s friend (and bride-to-be):
So… about the bridesmaid box. I knew I wanted to do something cute to ask my most special women to be involved in my wedding. I wanted them all to feel special and really, truly appreciated. Then I found this DIY bridesmaid box via Pinterest. Loved it! So I took the idea and made it my own.
First stop was Michaels – I found these cute wooden boxes for just a few bucks apiece. I bought some sandpaper to smooth down the edges and some simple “antique white” spray paint. A little sanding, a couple layers of paint, a little more sanding and voila! A pretty, polished box!
Next, a wrote up little cards with the information I wanted to share, like when and where the wedding would be, who was involved, criteria for choosing a bridesmaid dress and a little about the bridesmaid tradition. I was pleased with how they turned out. :)
Next, just a little gift. I bought a nail polish for us all to wear, but honestly, I think most of us totally forgot about it! In retrospect, I would have done perhaps a lip gloss or a pair of earrings. I do really love this nailpolish though – L’Oreal Sweet Nothings. It’s the perfect soft pink for natural-looking nails!
Next, to pull it all together! I added a tiny clothespin to hold my cards together and some simple brown tissue paper to fill in the empty space. Finally, I tied up the boxes with a little twine and added a paint swatch in one of my wedding colors. I wanted the boxes to convey the style of the wedding – simple, natural and a little bit vintage. These were lots of fun to put together and really got me into the DIY wedding mood!
Voila! A perfect DIY bridesmaid gift that doesn’t break the bank, is completely reusable, and provides a personalized touched to asking some of the most important people in your life, to be a part of your wedding day! Thanks again to Cynthia Shipp Photography for sharing & capturing such being images of the box.
Confession – I hate this trend. Isn’t there enough to do and spend money on? Do you have to spend money to ask people to spend money for an event you are spending money on? Bridesmaid-asking-gifts seem like an over the top addition to an already expensive ordeal.
To each his/her own I say! I think you can make it affordable (like this guest poster did), but a simple phone call also works. It just comes down to you and what you want to do!