I have to admit, that navigating through the whole wedding game, I’ve felt very out of place. I’m a corny person by nature, but so much of the expected behavior felt beyond corny to me. My fiancé and I did our best to pick and choose what things made sense for us, and what we wanted to avoid.
We definitely wanted to make sure that family and friends played key roles in the process. So obviously, the folks in our wedding party were a vital part of everything. I wanted to do something special for my bridesmaids before the wedding, so I put together this care package for them.
Being the Nike weirdo that I am, I was first inspired by a pair of sneakers (in particular the ones on the top left). Bring on the blues.
I painted a card that I would go into each girls’ gift, asking them if they’d be my bridesmaid. This is acrylic and ink on paper. Try your hand at it! But if you’re not feeling creative enough, feel free to use my template below.
Then I got a bunch of Anthropologie magazines, cut them up, and made collages on craft paper cards and envelopes. Since I was rolling with a blue theme, I tried to stick somewhat within that color scheme. I also added in left over bits of construction and origami paper that I had lying around.
This next craft was surprisingly easy. I bought a ton of mismatched blue beads at Michael’s, wire, and bobby pins. I then wired different beads to the body of the bobby pins. The girls even ended up wearing them at the wedding– which looked great!
I also picked out mismatched blue earrings from Anthropologie for everyone. I then made a paper backing for all of the bobby pins and earrings in a similar fashion to how I collaged the cards and envelopes.
To add in a little fun, I used a sharpie to write a message on some blue balloons. Once blown up, you can read it.
Just like everything else in this little package, I wanted things to feel mismatched. So I told the girls they could pick out their own long blue dresses to wear. To help guide them, I included some Pantone swatches (that I swiped from Home Depot). I also created a secret pinterest board for them to peruse with other suggestions and ideas. On the wedding day, it worked out so perfectly–every single girl was stunning! See a sneak peak of their dresses below.
It was fun to surprise some of the dearest people in my life with a gift before the craziness took over. But don’t forget, if this is too corn ball for you, you should never feel the pressure to do it yourself.