It’s time for another Wedding Wednesday post and today I wanted to share how I made these DIY bridesmaid boxes. Very early on in wedding planning, I knew I wanted to have bridesmaids. I need my girls beside me as I walk down the aisle and also to help me take on the mammoth task of planning a wedding.
There are several fun and creative ways to ask your girls to be your bride tribe, but I fell in love with the idea of bridesmaid boxes when I saw them on Pinterest. I love creating gift boxes for Birthdays or Christmas. I’ll often put together a pamper gift box for my Mum or a “fit kit” box for Michael, so making a bridesmaid box felt like a natural fit.
There are companies that creates pre-made boxes where it’s all been thought out for you. A really lovely boxI found is by Gift & Grace. You can either shop their pre-made gift boxes or have them make something bespoke just for you. However, my budget didn’t quite stretch to their prices and I wanted to personally select what went in the boxes, so I decided to make my own.
Creating the boxes
I want the whole wedding planning process and the day itself to be as relaxed & stress-free as possible, so I wanted to choose things that would help my girls relax. I started by making a list of everything that could go into the bridesmaid boxes and then I set about finding out how much each of the different options would cost me. I was on a tight budget so I had to be smart when choosing what to put in my boxes. I made the most of sales, my staff discount and also the sample sales we have at work. If you’re good friends with anyone who works in retail or the beauty industry, definitely see if they have sample sales or discount they’re able to share.
What I put into my bridesmaid boxes
Copper bangle. We’re having copper as an accent colour/texture on our wedding day, so I was really happy when I found these copper bangles. They were in a pack of five so I got one for myself too meaning we can all wear the bangle on the day – a modern take on the good old friendship bracelets.
Neom candle. Neom is one of my favourite candle brands. I love that it represents wellness as well as relaxation and self-care which are things I’m really passionate about so I just knew I had to include it. Luckily for me, when I was putting the boxes together there was a Black Friday sale so I snapped up a Neom travel candle set for a bargain.
Pink Himalayan Bath Salts. Speaking of pink, next up we have these bath salts. I love baths, I find them so soothing and relaxing. I love the luxury of true ‘me-time’ that you get by having a bath and so I wanted to help recreate that for my girls. I bought a bag of West Lab Pink Himalayan bath salts and needed a way to display them. Luckily I found these Copper Clip Top Spice Jars which were just perfect. Not only were they copper which fit with our accent colour but the girls could reuse the jars again afterwards.
Essie Nail Polish. I wanted a nail polish as I find painting my nails so relaxing. I went with Essie ‘Not Just A Pretty Face’ as not only is the shade a gorgeous pink that I think will work with different skin tones, but I just love the name and it most definitely applies to my bride tribe!
Chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?! I’d say chocolate is usually a safe bet for any gift box. I’d originally had my eye on the MAST Milk Chocolate bar because I love the minimalist style packaging, but at almost £8 per bar it’s certainly not cheap! Then I stumbled upon these Caramel & Pink Salt Chocolate Bars from Oliver Bonas and the pink packaging matched the other pink elements of the box perfectly.
Perfume. I hadn’t thought about including perfume as it can be so expensive, but I was lucky and actually found these perfume samples in a sample sale for next to nothing. I loved the feminine touch it added as well as matching the other pink elements of the box, really bringing it all together.
White tissue paper. You won’t believe it but this was actually the hardest part for me to find! I knew I wanted white tissue paper because I wanted the gifts to stand out, but I looked everywhere and couldn’t find any! I ended up finding some in a random card shop.
Cards. I bought little cards and wrote a personalised note to each bridesmaid in it. I really enjoyed writing the notes and I think they enjoyed reading them!
The box. I had planned to get plain white boxes but I found these marble & copper ‘Surprise’ gift boxes in store at John Lewis and was so happy because it matched our wedding theme. I haven’t been able to find them online so it’s definitely worth popping in store to see what you can find.
I’m really happy with how the bridesmaid boxes came together! I bought everything separately and over the period of a month and yet all the gifts look like they belong together. I hadn’t planned on going for a pink colour scheme as it’s not a colour in our wedding, yet I really like how it looks in the boxes.
If you’d like to make your own bridesmaid boxes or any sort of gift box for a close girl friend in your life, then here are some more ideas of what you could put into the box.
More bridesmaid box gift ideas
Succulents. If your bride tribe are plant lovers then why not include a mini succulent?
Mini champagne bottle. Get the celebrations started with a mini bottle of fizz.
Tea leaves. Instead of bath salts, you could fill the jars with delicious tea leaves.
A planner & pen. Perfect if you want your bride tribe to help you with wedding planning
Bride Tribe tattoos. They could wear them on your hen do, when you go dress shopping or on the big day.
Jewellery. Who doesn’t love jewellery as a gift??
Chocolates or sweets. From prosecco gummy bears to heart shaped chocolate truffles, there is plenty of choice.
A sleep mask. To ensure they get their beauty sleep before the big day.
Soap. If their favourite scent is too expensive as a perfume, you could get soap instead.
Hand cream. Always perfect to keep in the handbag.
Key ring. You could personalise a key ring with their initial or ‘Bridesmaid’.
Make-up bag. Ideal if you’re all doing your own make-up on the wedding day.
Lip balm. Glossier’s Balm Dot Com is just so cute & will look great in any box.
A reusable cup. Help make their coffee habit sustainable with a cute cup.
Champagne flute. For enjoying a tipple as you’re all getting ready on the day.
I had so much fun creating my bridesmaid boxes and loved seeing my girls reactions as they opened them. You can gift your boxes when you ask your bridesmaids, or when you go dress shopping, or when you all get ready together on the day. I hope these gift ideas will help you with creating your own bridesmaid boxes. If you make any please let me know what you put in them and if you take pictures, tag me @simplycantara.
How did you or will you ask your friends to be your bridesmaids? What do you think of bridesmaid boxes? Let me know in the comments below.
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