Do you ever wonder WHY wedding planning can be so stressful? In part, I think it’s due to the bride “ideal” that every woman tries to live up to.
You want to be the kind of bride that is the master party-planner, the one that has her wedding binder color coded and organized, who seamlessly schedules meetings with venues and vendors, and has the whole wedding planned and perfect without breaking a sweat.
But it doesn’t stop there.
This imaginary woman is also artistic and crafty, and is a DIY and Pinterest goddess who is great with money, and knows how to hunt down the best deals and stretch her wedding budget to the max. Not only that, but she also manages to be a loving fiancée, a good friend, and a considerate almost-daughter-in-law who navigates this life transition with grace and dignity.
This kind of budget-conscious, relationship-conscious, wedding planning perfection requires HUGE amounts of time and energy. Which, let's be honest, you don’t have.
That’s why I’m here to help.
It takes a lot out of you to hunt down deals, manage family expectations, communicate with your wedding party, set up your registry, negotiate decisions with your fiancé, and otherwise plan a huge event for multiple people. Preparing your heart, mind, and relationship for marriage easily falls to the wayside.
I bet you anything, you’re probably feeling exhausted and overwhelmed (just like I did).
That's why I love to write things like this:
Building Your Marriage From The Ground Up: Seven Steps for Success
8 Things I Wish I knew Before I got Married
10 Conversations to Have Before You Get Married
8 Things To Do On Your Wedding Night (Besides Each Other!)
That’s also why I enjoy doing wedding posts like this one!
Because getting married is a big transition in your life, and your wedding is a big part of getting married.
So I'm really excited to share with you a little wedding "experiment" I've been working on...
One cute trend right now is the bridesmaid “proposal box", or gift box. Whether these cute gift boxes are used to pop the question to your girls, or thank them for being there on your big day, they are a great way to bless the ladies in your life, and show your gratitude for their friendship.
While these are adorable, and SO fun, they’re not exactly a necessity for tying the knot. Which in my mind, makes them an ideal place to save a little money! And a perfect candidate for a blog post. (Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Based on what I've seen online, and brides I've talked to, the typical cost for a bridesmaid proposal box is usually upwards of $40.00.
This week, I’ve put together 3 different boxes UNDER that $40 price tag.
Each one at a different price point.
(That's 3 gift boxes all under $40 - including the price of the box!)
Hopefully this will help give you some ideas about how to get the most out of your budget, and how to bless your girls!
Less hassle for you, more fun for me. It’s a win-win!
Here’s how I did it:
I ended up going to a few different stores to find what I needed, but shopping around really paid off. Most items I bought were under $2!
It turns out one of the most expensive and elusive things were BOXES! It was SO HARD to find a good sized box! I ended up getting each box at a different location: Target, Joann Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby. I took advantage of as many sales and coupons as I had available, and I was lucky to find most items on sale or clearance. The shredded crinkle cut paper was also a bigger expense than I originally planned. I bought a larger bag to cover what I thought I would need, and I've done my best to price out about how much I used in each box. (Tip: stretch your budget by using tissue paper to "stuff" the the box, and then add a layer of the shredded paper on top!)
What I Bought And Where:
"Will You Be My Maid or Honor" Card - found this in the dollar spot!
"Hello Gorgeous" Mug (here's the link to the same mug on Amazon)
12.25in. X 9.25in. (Small) Box
16.5in. X 11.88in. (Large) Box
Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
11in. X 9.25in. (Medium) Pink Box
Faux Gardenia (found this one in the clearance bin!)
Bar of Soap (here's the link to the same soap on Amazon)
Ivory Crinkle Cut Packing Paper
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When it was all said and done, I had what I needed to stock 3 boxes, of 3 different sizes, at 3 different price points, all for under $40!
The Small Box: $17.91
Small box: $4.99
Succulent: $1.79 (Originally $2.99, on sale for 40% off.)
Shredded Paper: $2.15 (about a third of the $6.45 package)
I am so happy with how this little guy turned out! And for under $20, it’s a steal compared to how much one might normally spend. One of my favorite things here is the soap. It was a dollar store find, and what a transformation! After taking it out of the box it came in, tying it with some twine, and adding some fresh rosemary from the garden; it looks elegant and luxurious - not like it came from the dollar store at all!
The Medium Box: $23.20
Medium box: $7.79
Gardenia: $1.49 (Stem with two flowers was on sale for $2.97)
Shredded Paper: $2.15 (about a third of the $6.45 package)
This box has a few small but nice additions including a candle and a faux gardenia.The box I found for this one is SO CUTE! It's a double open "french door" style, and the print is lovely. I also really like how the gardenia makes a statement all on its own, and accompanies the succulent! (Which, by the way, used to be a napkin ring... you've gotta get creative to save money!) If you’re looking for a way to add some beauty to your bridesmaid box, consider making a statement with a flower, or plant. They don’t even have to be real!
The Big Box: $37.08
Box (16.5in. X 11.88in): $5.39 (Originally $8.99. I used the 40% off coupon!)
Makeup bag: $6.99
Shredded Paper: $6.45 (I used the whole package)
This box is packed to the brim with goodies and looks great! The box itself is a little less exciting, but with the additions of the sparkling wine, chocolates, and makeup bag, it has the most to offer. If the shredded paper hadn't been so expensive, this would have been near $30! I know if I received a gift like this, I would be stunned. (Just between you and me - it turned out WAY better than I planned!) It just goes to show, you don't have to spend a fortune to bless your girls with a fun and impressive gift!
What I Learned...
Shopping around takes time, but it has definite perks.
Seriously. If you have the time, you will save major $$$$ if you can travel to a few places to compare prices. I was astonished at the price difference for seemingly similar items at different places. And I was also surprised that Amazon wasn't always the king of savings I supposed it to be.
Always check the clearance section. And use the coupons.
The pink box, the gardenia, and the random succulent napkin ring were all in the sale/clearance section mixed in with other items. I so nearly overlooked these things! I also used the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon to knock the big box down to $5.39. That helped keep the price in a reasonable range.
Target didn't seem to be very budget friendly for this project... no sales or clearance rack finds. They did have a beautiful card in the dollar spot, though!
Use filler beneath the filler
The crinkle cut shredded paper ended up much more expensive than I anticipated. I had originally set budget goals for each box, and this expense took me over the top of all of them. I decided one helpful way to help keep the price down was to fill the bottom of the box with tissue paper, and put a layer of shredded crinkle paper at the top. I tested it out, and it seemed to work well!
Don't over-crowd your box.
One of the easiest and best ways to keep your bridesmaid box looking elegant and effortless is to give your items room to breathe. Don't over-crowd your box. Even a tiny box with only a few items can look Pinterest-worthy if you have thoughtfully arranged the contents, and everything has its place.
This was such a fun experiment for me, and these boxes are a beautiful way to bless your bridesmaids. Hopefully now you feel inspired and confident that you can tackle this wedding project in a way that doesn't ruin your wedding budget!
Let me know what you think, and how your bridesmaid boxes turn out!
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