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May 22, 2018
Inviting someone to join your wedding party is a big ask. They will walk alongside you through months of preparation. They will participate in showers and a bachelorette party. And they will invest a lot of time and money into the wedding week itself.
Which is why a “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box is one of the most compelling ways to ask a friend or family member to participate in your wedding.
Building a “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box requires some careful thought and planning, though. After all, you want it to be filled with things both useful and meaningful. To help you construct the perfect “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box, here’s a look at 5 different things you can include — plus some helpful tips for packaging and wrapping.
Item No. 1: Something to Wear
The foundation of a good “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box is something to wear — and jewelry is your best option given how limited your gift box space will be.
Consider a personalized necklace or bracelet. You can get the same thing for each of your bridesmaids, or you can choose to get something specific for each one — selecting a piece of jewelry that you know matches their personal styles or that holds some special meaning for each relationship.
The good news is that a thoughtful, personalized piece of jewelry doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive — meaning you’ll have plenty of budget to invest in other items for your box.
Item No. 2: Something for Self-Care
After you get something to wear, add in a little something for self-care. This could be as simple as picking out a nice lotion with a pleasant scent, or you can opt for an aromatherapy candle.
If you want to get something your bridesmaids can use again and again, consider adding a manicure kit to the gift box.
Again, when choosing something for self-care, you can opt to get the same thing for each of your bridesmaids, or you can custom select an item for each one. A little bit of personalization goes a long way, though it does mean more work and more thinking as you construct each gift box.
Item No. 3: Something to Use
This is one area where you can have a lot of fun: choosing something to use. The options are limitless, but some of the most popular items you can opt for include:
No matter what you choose, make sure it’s something quality and durable and that your bridesmaids will really use. This can sometimes be an issue when you’re working within a tight budget. For instance, you may want to get your bridesmaids clutches — but the only ones you can afford are of inferior quality. It’s always better to get a smaller item, less expensive item of high-quality (a nice pair of stemless wineglasses, for example) than to buy a larger, more expensive item that’s on the lower end of the quality spectrum (the cheapest leather clutch you can find, for example).
Item No. 4: Something Personalized
A “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box won’t be special without something personalized. And “personalized” means more than just a monogram.
You have 2 great options for making your gift boxes more personal. First, you can hand write a note. Use this note to tell your bridesmaids-to-be how special they are to you and how much you would appreciate them sharing your big day. In short, write notes that your bridesmaids will want to keep forever.
Second, you can also add in a photo of you and the bridesmaid you’re asking to join your wedding party. This works great in tandem with a personalized note. For example, you can reminisce about a shared memory that means a lot to you — and then include a photo that captures that same memory.
The cool thing about writing a note and including a photo is that those will be the most treasured items in your “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box — and they will also be the most affordable.
Item No. 5: Something for the Day Of
Lastly, use your “will you by my bridesmaid” gift box to help get members of your wedding party excited about the actual day.
Your best bet here is to get something for your bridesmaids-to-be to wear while getting ready on the day of the ceremony. Robes are always a good option, or you can even opt for pairs of flip-flops with your bridesmaids’ names on them.
Bonus No. 1: The Box Itself
You can find nice gift boxes that allow for monograms. That said, after you’ve bought all the items for your gift boxes, you may want to save a few bucks on the boxes themselves.
Consider going with unfinished wooden boxes with sliding tops. Boxes like this are elegant and attractive, but they are also easy and affordable. Depending on how many bridesmaids you have, you may be able to find a bulk deal on your sliding-top wood boxes. Add a ribbon of almost any color, and you have a beautiful gift box that will be just as attractive as it is meaningful.
Bonus No. 2: How to Pack
The last thing you’ll need for your gift box is something to pack the items in. You can go with some standard-issue tissue paper, but that doesn’t really jive with the sophistication and simplicity of an unfinished wooden box.
Instead, visit your local hobby store and buy some wood excelsior in bulk. Wood excelsior is a much more fitting packing material, and it will help keep anything breakable (wine glasses, candles, etc.) safe during transit.
If you can’t find wood excelsior, paper shred makes a nice alternative. These materials help enhance the perceived value of a “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box without requiring you to make a huge additional investment.
Final Thoughts on How to Build a ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid’ Gift Box
There’s no rule for how many items you need to include in your “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box. We’ve listed 5 great options above, but you may find that your personalized item is also usable, or that your something to wear is also something for the day of. And that’s great!
Also, the more relevant you can make your gift boxes to your relationship with each bridesmaid-to-be, the better your gift boxes will be. True meaning and sentiment come from drawing direct connections between gifts and real-life experiences. The more your gifts reflect the relationships you’ve lived out with each woman, the more meaningful each gift box will be.
We have a great selection of items that would fit perfectly into a “will you be my bridesmaid” gift box. Browse our selection, and start building your perfect gift box today.
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