When it came to choosing my bridesmaids, it was a pretty easy decision. I am so blessed to have three very close friends that are like sisters to me. I really wanted to spoil my girls when I asked them to be my bridesmaids, so in this post I share how I put together my proposal boxes.
I’ve basically known Kerryn all my life. Our parents were friends from before we were born and our mums were pregnant together. We have many fond memories and photographs of our friendship together, from babies eating ice-cream in our nappies to ballet classes together as toddlers. Separated in our early school days with me living in South Africa and Kerryn in New Zealand, we kept up our friendship as pen pals. Our lives were brought back together when we found ourselves both living in Australia. Despite still being in separate states, we would visit each other regularly and have this way of just picking up wherever we left off. We bring out the crazy in each other and I love how unique and special it is to have a friend who has been there since day one. I had the honour of being one of her bridesmaids a couple of years ago and couldn’t imagine my special day without her by my side.
Emma was one of the first people I met when I moved from South Africa to Australia. Our friendship has evolved and grown over the years. From her picking me up from school when I was younger, to traipsing around Europe in 2014 and now being engaged (a week apart) and planning our weddings together, she has always been a constant in my life. Despite an age gap, we share so much in common and seem to know exactly what each other is thinking. Emma has an infectious sense of humour and has the ability to reduce me to tears of laugher. We have shared many d&ms in our cars at the side of the road and sharing this engagement season together has only brought us even closer. I can’t wait to be her bridesmaid at the end of this year, and am so glad that she will be there as one of mine the following year!
I haven’t known Anri as long as I have known the other girls, however she quickly became one of the closest in my life in a short period. She’s a domestic goddess, always treating me with something she’s whipped up in the kitchen and she is also my #fitspo. We have many special Europe memories together and she has always been my rock during hard times. She is like the big sister I never had – she is selfless, caring and someone I deeply treasure. Although also separated by distance with her living in London, I am so glad that my wedding will give us an excuse to see each other again.
The Proposal Boxes
My wedding theme is classic and modern with a touch of luxe. I wanted to reflect this in my proposal boxes. After much research, I decided to put together the boxes myself because I had a clear vision of what I wanted and really wanted to personalise each gift for my girls. I have linked all the suppliers in my description to make it easier for you to check them out.
I sourced the beautiful matte black boxes from Bundle + Twine and had each of the girls’ names stuck in gold foil on the top. Tracy, the brains behind Bundle + Twine was so helpful and ensured that I was 100% happy with the result. I love how simple and classy they are.
I lined the boxes with some sparkly white tissue paper that was just from a stationery shop and the lovely Andy from Little Big Balloon Co hooked me up with some pretty gold and pink confetti to fill each box with. I would have loved to attach one of her custom balloons also, however 2 out of the 3 of my bridesmaids live abroad so I had to be able to post the boxes.
I wanted to fill the boxes with gifts that the girls would actually love and also be able to use on the wedding day. I am still obsessed with the personalisation trend, so I fell in love with the silk monogrammed pyjamas from Sleeping With The Enemy. I thought that they would be great for the girls to each wear on the morning of the wedding while we are getting our hair and make-up done, plus they will look so cute in the photos! Continuing on with my monogramming fixation, I chose blush pink cosmetic bags with their initials embossed in gold from The Daily Edited. While also pretty, these will be practical and useful on the day to fill with wedding day essentials.
Along with a meaningful card, the final touch was a delicious sugar cookie with ‘Will you be my bridesmaid’ embossed in the icing. Sugar queen Vicki from Adixions Cakes & Chocolates was so helpful and even used touches of gold leaf to tie in the luxe theme. I also popped in some Haigh’s gold love heart chocolates as a finishing touch.
I was so happy with the final result and my bridesmaids absolutely loved their proposal boxes! Next step is putting together the boxes for the groomsmen, so watch this space!
If you are looking for some pre-made boxes I would highly recommend Bundle + Twine for lovely attention to detail and a beautiful selection of goodies to go inside each box. The Bridal Box Co also do lovely wooden boxes that you can get pre-filled or empty to fill up on your own. I will be using their boxes for the groomsmen, which I will be sharing with you soon.