For today's wedding Wednesday post, I'd like to share with you how I proposed to my darling bridesmaids.
I debated long and hard about whether or not to have bridesmaids at all. I know how girls complain about being one. Let's face it. It can be expensive, awkward, and there's always a chance of drama. But ultimately, I realized I needed their support.
Choosing my girl posse was difficult. I'm terrible with decisions, can you tell? I've been blessed with many close female friendships in life, so if bridesmaids were happening, there would be many. I chose 7 women to stand by my side. 3 from high school, 4 from college. There were a few others I would have liked to include, but Hal put his foot down, rightly so. I figured/hoped the gals I didn't ask were confident enough in our friendship so as to not take it personally.
I thought about how I could propose to them in a meaningful and original way. How were we all connected?
Books! We were all readers and 3 of the gals were in my book club. One day, while perusing a thrift shop, I happened upon the sweetest little vintage book: Friendship, by Hugh Black, published in 1901. I brought it home and miraculously found 6 more copies with the same cover through various online used book stores.
Inside each book, I placed a wooden bookmark engraved with their name.
As they flipped through the book, my proposal was slowly revealed in the top right hand corner. Initially, I planned to dog-ear the pages and write on the book directly, but it felt wrong to mark it all up. Instead, I cut off the corners of colored envelopes and placed them over the paper's edge like a slipcover. This way, the girls could take them off and have a keepsake book free of bridesmaid talk.
I don't like the word, bridesmaid, so I changed their title to special lady friend!
On the back inside cover, I glued a matching envelope with a card. In my tiniest handwriting, I wrote down all our shared memories. And asked if they'd like to make yet another.
They said, YES!
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