#BrideBlog 2

Before I start this post I just want to say THANK YOU! The feedback received from #BrideBlog 1 was incredible so thank you for your support! After I shared last week's blog post on Facebook, I waited a solid 5 minutes before I checked to see if anyone had liked it (you know you do it too). A handful of people had and there was "1 share." Someone shared my post?! They like me! They really like me! Of course I clicked on the share to find out who had shared it! I got butterflies when I saw it was Zeke Blake who had shared my post first. Fiancé and man of the year! Thanks for always being my #1 fan. 

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This week’s post is all about the “Bridesmaid Proposal.” Thanks to Pinterest and Etsy, there are so many creative ways for brides to pop the question, “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

I've actually been dying to share how I asked my bridesmaids but I didn't want to sound too showy but here I am writing a blog post about it so I'm basically screaming "OMG I'M GETTING MARRIED!"

I’m not going to say I’m good at crafts (I have had some DYI fails) but I do enjoy crafting, so I decided to craft most of the items I put in my bridesmaid proposal boxes. Actually, that’s a lie. This is me being honest: I do like crafting but I found similar bridesmaid proposal boxes on Etsy for like $35 + shipping and I was not about to pay that x6 when I could make boxes that were just as cute for half the price.

So shout out to the Etsy shop RelishPrintDesign for giving me the confetti popper idea! I have to give credit where credit is due. I did however buy the glass mugs from the Etsy shop UrbanFarmhouseTampa (they also have really great groomsmen gifts)! $6.50 for personalized mugs?! Can’t beat that!

My Bridesmaid Proposal details:

  1. Boxes - bought at Michaels (for 50% off! I think they were $4.50 each)
  2. Candles - bought at JoAnn’s for $1 then I made the custom label on my computer and printed it on label paper. If my bridesmaids ever peal off the label they will find a knock-off yankee candle label. And they are gingerbread scented... I found them in the post-Christmas sale aisle. 
  3. Confetti poppers - They are clear cake pops that I found in the baking aisle at JoAnn’s! They come in a pack of 6 or 7 for like $14! I made the label on my computer using the same label paper that I used for the candles. Stuff the poppers with confetti or tinsel and you're good to go!
  4. Mugs - bought on Etsy from UrbanFarmhouseTampa 

BTW- All my bridesmaids said yes! We dodged some bullets though. My bridesmaid Ali graduates from dental school the weekend before the wedding and my other bridesmaid (and fiancé’s twin sister) Kaitlin graduates from audiology school the weekend after the wedding. We picked our wedding date before we knew all of this (story for another time) but it worked out! Thanks goodness!

Before I asked my bridesmaids, I asked my Maid of Honor. I wanted to ask her first so I started on her proposal right away.

Background story… My MOH is my cousin Harper. Even though she has been with her boyfriend longer than I have been with my fiancé, it’s safe to say that we are in completely different stages of our lives. Harper is 8 years younger than I am and is currently a senior in high school. She’s the little sister I always wanted so that’s the relationship we’ve always had. Asking her to be my MOH was a no brainer. I have so many best friends but I only have one Harper.

I stuffed a deflated balloon with confetti and letters that spelled out “Will You Be My Maid Of Honor?” I blew up the balloon, tied it with a tag that said “pop & unscramble” and mailed it to her in a cute box. She got the message.

I feel like I got really lucky when it comes to the friends that my fiancé Zeke has introduced me to. When I moved to Pittsburgh I literally didn’t know a single person outside of of my work friends. I met Zeke almost immediately after I moved to Pittsburgh and like new couples do we got caught up in the whirlwind of falling in love and my mission of “making new friends” was put on the back burner. Luckily Zeke has some pretty amazing friends, Savannah being one of those great friends. Zeke and I had been dating for a couple of months when I finally reached a status worthy of meeting his friends. That’s when I met Sav and the timing couldn’t have been better. I had reached the point of NEEDING to make some girl friends. Sav accepted me right away. She went out of her way to make me feel included within their tight knit friend group, and I quickly realized why she was one of Zeke’s best friends. Fun fact: Sav even got engaged on the same day as Zeke and I!

Since this is a blog post about bridesmaid proposals, I have to share the gift baskets that Sav made for her bridesmaids. They are amazing! Gift giving is Sav’s love language 100%! So I know putting these gift baskets together gave her so much joy. She set the bar pretty high!

Each of Savannah’s bridesmaid proposal baskets included: A pink robe, different scented aeromatherapy bath bombs, under eye gel masks, makeup wipes, different shades of pink nail polish, paint swatch cards to show the bridesmaids the wedding colors, a picture of Sav and the bridesmaid, a rosegold knot bracelet, dove chocolate, decorative signs that either said love, believe, or hope, and a card asking them to be her bridesmaid.

There is no wrong way to ask someone to be your bridesmaid. Maybe you’re a crafty bride, maybe you love giving gifts, or maybe this new “bridesmaid proposal” trend just isn't for you.

My favorite “bridesmaid proposal” actually happened over the phone. It was a phone call from my best friend Ali, and if you know Ali, you know when you see “Ali Denny” pop up on your phone then you better pull your car over or stop whatever you are doing because you’re going to be on the phone with her for at least 45 minutes. About 20 minutes into what I thought was a normal conversation, Ali said something along the lines of “I thought about sending a cute gift or something but you know that’s just not me. So I wanted to ask if you’ll be my bridesmaid?” I literally had no idea that she was going to ask me in that conversation. It was the perfect surprise and the delivery was SO Ali.

Sorry for being so long winded today! I’ve been in front of my computer for the last 4 hours so my eyes are crossed and I’m starting to sound redundant but hopefully someone found this post interesting!

I want to see/hear all about your bridesmaid proposals! Comment below or on Instagram (ihearcarson)! If you have any questions, let me know! I’ll all ears!

Also, next week’s blog post will be about registering for wedding gifts but I need your input/insight/advice before I write it! Zeke and I are going to register at Bed, Bath & Beyond this Saturday and will probably register at 2 other stores (but not this Saturday). Please give me some recommendations!!! And what not to register for, and what to register for! Again, I’m new at this bride thing….help!

Have a great week!


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