• How to DIY Bridesmaid ‘Proposal’ Boxes

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    If you’ve just gotten engaged {and like many excited brides-to-be}, you probably want to start planning before you can even get your ring correctly sized. Before you get to the big stuff though, it’s important to know who you want to stand by your side on your special day. It’s 2018, and that means calling up your BFF and casually asking her to be your bridesmaid is out, and being extra AF is in. And by that, we mean creating your very own bridesmaid “proposal” box — come on, you know you’ve seen them everywhere. 

    For our DIY brides, here’s how to make your very own bridesmaid proposal box {as told by HG’s very own newly-engaged Bri who recently made her own}:

    The Boxes

    With the actual boxes themselves, you can go all out or be simple and more cost-effective. Purchase personalized boxes on Etsy, which of course, is a pricey option. This is where you have to prioritize: do you want to spend more money on the box itself {that will be thrown away whether you want to believe it or not} or put it towards the goods that will actually go inside?

    I purchased my boxes here, on Etsy, but they are super plain. If you want to shop locally and quickly, Hudson Paperie has a bunch of boxes, tissue paper, and even items to include in the boxes. 

    What Goes Inside

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    So often we receive gifts we’ll never use, although the thought always counts. Keep this in mind when thinking of what should go in your boxes. Some useful items are:

    A champagne flute or wine glass {I got mine here}

    Ring/jewelry dish {Noellery in Hoboken + Jersey City has a bunch of cute ones}

    Makeup bag {these can be found at most local boutiques if you don’t need them personalized}

    Hair ties {I got mine here}

    A cute {but yummy} treat {I got my Sugarfina gummies at Kings’ uptown location in Hoboken}

    Custom labels for mini champagne {I got mine here and mini champagne bottles are available at most liquor stores in Hoboken}

    Make it Personal

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    IMO, there should be at least one personalized item in the box. After all, your maid of honor and bridesmaids will be doing a lot {and spending a lot} on you to make your wedding day special. So, right off the bat, it’s important to show that you appreciate them agreeing to be in your wedding.

    Tip: If you are unsure someone will say yes to be in your wedding {for personal or financial reasons}, informally ask them first how they feel about it — especially your maid of honor since it’s an even bigger duty. 

    READ: A Hoboken Wedding at Grand Vin

    Set a Date to Ask

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    Cards were purchased here

    This depends on your preference and how many girls are in your party. If you want to make it a big deal and have all of the girls over at once and ask them together — go for it. If you want to be more low-key {or if it’s hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules} do it on your own time.

    From personal experience, I had everyone over at once {fiancé’s groomsmen, too} and it was very special. It was definitely hard to get everyone together on the same day, but it worked out and I am so glad I did it that way. I also wanted to keep it a secret, so I only told my maid + matron of honor what was going on and just told everyone else they HAD to be there — that night everyone revealed they knew exactly what it was for and I made it sooo obvious {lolz}. 

    See More: Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Do you have any tips for DIY bridesmaid boxes or fun ways to surprise your bridal party? Share with us in the comments below!

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    Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.