Wedding gown shopping can be a grueling process. Something so dainty and beautiful can easily go downhill trying to schedule appointments, gather five bridesmaids, a mother and a future mother-in-law – and that’s before the shopping even begins. I had toyed with the idea of Wedding Dress Shopping Survival Kits, but luckily for me (and my shopping induced panic attacks) we only visited one boutique on Saturday.
There are two things you should know about my sister.
1) She is a memento collector through and through.
2) She is the most indecisive person I have ever met.
Fears emerged that she might get too many opinions because of the size of our group (6 bridesmaids, a mother and a mother-in-law). With this in mind, I knew I needed to create something to commemorate the special day.
Thus emerged the Wedding Gown Goodie Bags
If you read my Biggest News Ever post you’ll know that my beautiful sister got engaged. Recently we had an engagement dinner for her and I was unfortunately told that showering and showing up was not enough of a gift from the MOH. So, I needed to think of another plan.
Now, I know nothing about weddings. While everybody was picking out cake cutters (which I thought came with the cake) I was stuck trying to figure out what the hell to get her that wouldn’t require me to sell a kidney.
I ended up deciding on an adorable little gift basket with a few things the future bride and groom will need.
Now, how is this DIY? Well, for starters, I DID go out and buy the wine, the basket and the supplies and I DID put them all into the basket myself.
If you read my 25th Pinterest Party Blog post you’ll know how good I am at pretending I will try something and never, ever doing it. I’ve recently been challenged to change that and sift through my seven hundred and some odd pins and find something to try.
Anxious to get started, I found an adorable nail tutorial to achieve marble looking nails.
Show me a DIY project and you’ve got me. I mean, I’ll never ever EVER do it, but I’ll sure enjoy watching people do it on their own. Check out my Pinterest boards, for instance. Hundreds of things I’d love to do. Number of things I’ve actually done: 0.
Then, my lovely sister decided to turn 25. Now, my sister on the other hand, complete opposite. Her room is full of projects and scrapbooks, collages and DIY photo frames. I just can’t keep up. So, when I had the idea to plan a surprise party I had two integral thoughts
1) This needs to be cute. I mean the girl is turning 25, and that is unfortunate enough
2) I am a broke bitch.
All hail the savior Pinterest.
The venue is not the important part. Parties can be held anywhere (and plus her boyfriend paid for that). What was really important for me was creating a memorable, exciting experience for her. So, I set up three things
1) A “photo booth” – using the term “booth” in the loosest of terms as there really was no booth, just photos.
2) A scrapbook guest book
3) Future wish jar
My original idea for a photo booth was extravagant. I was planning to search for props, create a back drop, set up my iPad with a timer. It was really going to be great. But then the day got closer and I got lazy and I realized that was never going to happen, so I toned down the crazy a bit.
I bought some wooden slabs at Michaels for a few dollars each and a can of chalkboard spray paint (Michaels always has sales where you get a discount on one item, so keep a look out!) With some colored chalk these became quick and easy photo props that people had a lot of fun with! Also, I ran to the dollar store last minute and picked up some glasses, beads and feather boas (which left feathers EVERWHERE, so beware) for a pop of color.
Among all the tidbits of weird my sister is she is also a huge memento keeper. Instead of having a normal guest book, I wanted to do something a little more unique and personal. I laid out some pre-made questions for people to answer. This way, Jenn will not only remember who was at her birthday, but how crazy her friends think she actually is.
Future Wish Jar
Lastly, any sentimental mention of well wishes and my sister practically bursts out in tears. Something is definitely wired wrong in there. I already made her cry on this birthday with a sappy birthday video so I decided to prepare for next year. Everybody left Jenn birthday wishes in a cute little jar that she won’t be allowed to read until she turns 26.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.