Can’t say “I do” without you

Choosing a wedding party can be a very stressful task. Who should I ask? Will I hurt anyone’s feelings? How many is too many? After gathering some much needed and appreciated advice from people who’ve “been there done that”, I made my decision and ran with it.

These days modern brides have been brainstorming new and exciting ways to ask their besties to be a part of their big day. For those of you that know me well, you know I’m always down for a good crafting session. So this was one challenge I was ready and willing to face. I spent some time googling and pinteresting all kinds of ways to pop the question to my girls. There are so many great ideas out there! I decided to go the homemade route, so I set out to Hobby Lobby with my list of necessities and spent the next 12 or so hours putting together my surprises.

I bought some brown boxes and packed them with cream paper stuffing. Inside each box I placed circular card stock cut-outs of our wedding colors, a mini bottle of barefoot bubbly, a homemade vanilla cupcake (of course), and a rustic flower with a message running down a twine string. “September 4, 2016…Best Day Ever…Only if it includes…YOU!” On the outside of each box I wrote each girl’s name in calligraphy and topped it all off with a big bow. Sorry to my two preggers bridesmaids, you’ll have to hang onto that champagne for later! I also made boxes for my flower girls and ring bearers, substituting the champagne for some delicious and age appropriate chocolate milk.

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My hope was to ask every girl in person before moving to Colorado. This gave me about one week, crunch time. I was able to get to all but two girls. One in Chattanooga and one in Cleveland, so they got their surprises in the mail. Which I thought was just as fun because they had no idea it was coming. Lucky for me, they all said yes! Are you ready to meet them?!

Kristin: Matron of Honor

Kristin: Matron of Honor

Laura: Bridesmaid, Sister

Laura: Bridesmaid

Ashley: Bridesmaid, High School Friend

Ashley: Bridesmaid

Sam: Bridesmaid, Sorority Sister

Sam: Bridesmaid

Peish: Bridesmaid, College Roommate

Peish: Bridesmaid

Traci: Bridesmaid, Friend

Traci: Bridesmaid

Lauren: Bridesmaid, Friend

Lauren: Bridesmaid

Heather: Bridesmaid, High School Friend

Heather: Bridesmaid

Alaina: Bridesmaid, High School Friend

Alaina: Bridesmaid

Now for the little ones!

Elizabeth: Flower Girl, Niece

Elizabeth: Flower Girl

Lillianne: Flower Girl, Niece

Lillianne: Flower Girl

Matthew: Ring Bearer, Nephew

Matthew: Ring Bearer

Liam: Ring Bearer, Nephew

Liam: Ring Bearer

I am so lucky to get to have each one of these very special people next to me on my biggest day. I love them all and am so excited to share this experience with them. Hurry up 9/4/16!!

Cheers!

Ashley

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