wedding planning (pt 3)

i have my bridal party! well, to be fair, i’ve known that for a while. i’ve had my six best gal-pals for a while now, but because of the pandemic i haven’t been able to actually propose to them. now i know proposals aren’t required, but ever since i saw someone online do it for the first time, i’ve been planning to do it myself.

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bridal party proposals became pretty popular a few years back, and have really become part of the culture. generally, the bride-to-be will give a gift and ask formally for someone to be a part of the party. i’m always over the top so naturally, this became a big thing on my to-do list. i’m very fortunate that my sister in law enjoys scrap-booking and card making. she’s really talented and has made numerous favors and cards for me over the years.

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for my birthday, she made a very wonderful birthday card in the form of an explosion box. i was absolutely obsessed with it and immediately decided i was going to do that for my bridesmaids. so back in february i asked her to teach me how to make them.

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well unfortunately, the world completely shut down in march, which included no more visits to their place. i couldn’t help with the boxes anymore, so she went ahead and made them for me and i honestly couldn’t be more grateful. she put so much work into every little detail.

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when she sent me the pictures of the finalized boxes, i honestly cried. i was so touched that she had put in so much work for such a small thing – it showed me how much she cares and wanted to make even the journey to my wedding special.

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of course, when i had planned on making them with her, i wanted something beautiful that would wow my girls, but she literally went above and beyond. everything i imagined, she did better. i was so incredibly amazed by each extra mile i could see she took.

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there were three specific details in the boxes that struck me the most. firstly, this silhouette. it was absolutely a surprise and i can’t even believe she was able to find one so adorable!

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secondly, she added “i do crew” which is what i’m affectionately calling my bridal party. i’m not sure if she knew that, but it was so perfect i couldn’t believe it. she also requested pictures of me with each girl, which added an even more personal touch. it was just so perfect!

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i had bought three presents to go with the boxes, one was some adorable pins i found on etsy. i collect enamel pins – so i may have just selfishly wanted the matching bride one, but i hope they really do like them.

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the second gift were these cozy socks from etsy, as well. i became obsessed after seeing a photoshoot on pintrest including the bridal party sitting on the bed showing the bottom of their socks.

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last, but certainly not least, i added these sailor moon themed bows. i recently downloaded a sailor moon ringtone and decided to assign it to my best friends, which obviously meant these six. when i did that, it got me thinking – they are kind of like the sailor scouts to my sailor moon, which as nerdy and lame as that sounds, got me really excited and emotional. i decided to ask them which scout they prefer, and then started looking for a special gift in line with that. then tiffany mentioned maybe doing a subtle cosplay photoshoot after i suggested these bows, and so naturally i freaked out and told them we have to do that now because it sounds so cute! (which surprisingly, they all agreed!)

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as a final touch of personalization, my sister added these little cards for me to hand write a note in. of course, i got very emotional writing each individual note. i was just so overwhelmed by the love i have for these girls, and the love i’ve received from them over the years.

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everything with these came together so wonderfully, i can’t get over it honestly. this was definitely one of those moments where i wondered how things could be so perfect.

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delivery day arrived. i went to everyone’s houses to drop off their gifts. tony drove me around for five and a half hours to get this done, and i’m eternally grateful. that night i had them all open the boxes simultaneously in a zoom meeting so that they could all experience the surprise together.

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lately, my planning has been a bit stunted and the world has been beyond crazy but i’m so thankful and blessed that i was able to propose anyway. i can’t thank my sister enough for all the hard work she did for these boxes. that gesture alone meant the world to me and i cant express it enough.

once some other things in life settle down, i’m hoping to start working on the bouquets and other flowers for my wedding and i can’t wait to share that with you soon. if the world starts to return to normal again, too, i’m praying i can get into a store with my crew and have my first dress shopping adventure.

i hope you are all safe and healthy, thanks for stopping by! xX

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