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Hello! I’ve been MIA this week thanks to a nasty sinus infection. You know how there are all those wonderful ladies who are strong and fight through illness? I’m not one of them. I’m whiny and spend the majority of my time on the couch. Last time I had a sinus infection this bad was my senior year of high school around Valentine’s Day. To add onto the sinus infection, I developed a double ear infection in one ear. I would like to never experience that again please.

But I’m not here today to whine about a sinus infection. I am so excited to share with you all about my wonderful bridesmaids.

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One’s Company, Two’s a Crowd, Twelve’s a Party

When we sat down to talk about bridesmaids and groomsman, I knew it would be a big group. Pai had so many influential people in his life. He’s really a relationships guy, so it was hard for him to not want to include every single person in his life. I’m honestly surprised he didn’t have 30 people. He did try to settle on 15, though. I wanted to be encouraging and let him do his thang, but 15 people was a whole ton and I think I would have to hire a few friends for me to have an even number. So we settled on 12. Thankfully, it wasn’t hard for me to think of 12 people I loved.

Since I have two sisters and a sister-in-law, I wanted to do something special for each of them. I always knew that the sister that was closest in my age would be my maid of honor. But I also had my youngest sister and my sister-in-law who I wanted to honor. They are both in their early teens, though, so I knew they wouldn’t want to handle the full responsibilities of maid of honor. I got to thinking. . . if we could have junior bridesmaids, why couldn’t I have junior maids of honor? Forget tradition.

Popping the Question

I browsed and perused Pinterest for quirky and fun ideas to ask my bridesmaids that didn’t break the bank. Some of my favorites included fun gift boxes with confetti and important memorabilia, but I knew I would want to get them a thoughtful and useful bridesmaids gift, and I had twelve. . . so these bridesmaids proposals had to be a little more low key than Pinterest was offering.

So I thought. . what is something that I would want?

My mind immediately turned to coffee. And mugs. Of course. So I perused the local thrift shops in the area for white mugs. Since my sweet fiance at the time worked at an organization that has a thrift store, he was able to score me identical white mugs. I used a Sharpie paint pen to write “bridesmaid,” “maid of honor,” and “junior maid of honor.” I then baked the mugs for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

To add a little oomph to the mug, I picked a yummy flavor of coffee beans, wrapped them up in tissue paper, and set it all cute style in the mug.

Before I gave the mugs to my friends, I wrote them each a letter riddled with coffee puns and asked them to be my bridesmaids. Luckily, they all said yes.

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal

Saying Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids 

I looked long and hard for a gorgeous dress that would flatter each of my ladies and not break the bank. I had images of floor length burgundy dresses in mind. Since I had 12 ladies standing next to me, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get everyone together to go dress shopping, so I found a weekend in July to bring together as many ladies as I could to try on dresses at David’s Bridal. Unfortunately my sister and maid of honor wasn’t able to be there that day, so she came in on another day and went to David’s Bridal. She ultimately helped me choose out of 3 dresses the other ladies had tried on. We decided to go with the Versa in Apple Red and it was perfect. Each of the girls could choose to fashion their sleeves any way they wanted. My only request was no strapless, although it was so lovely as a strapless dress too!

The ladies at David’s Bridal this time around were SO helpful in making sure I had a smooth and easy purchasing process. Because I had 12, we had to order from all different stores and warehouses and such. Rather than having the bridesmaids order their dresses, I ordered the dresses for them since they were on sale. Because my dad served in the military, they also gave me a military discount to lower the cost even more, which in turn gave my ladies a little budget break.

I know every bride says this, but my bridesmaids dresses were absolutely gorgeous. I kinda wanted one for myself. . .

Finding the Perfect Gift

I knew exactly what I wanted to get my ladies. I wanted matching robes for each of us to get ready, and I wanted a little something extra for them to wear at the wedding itself. Because we were getting married in December and I knew it could likely be 30 degrees outside (it was), I got them shawls to go over their arms in case it was chilly.

I was able to find a great deal on robes on Etsy. I was a little nervous ordering 13 robes, but I received them in such a timely fashion, and they were so cute!

I also ordered champagne pashmina shawls on Etsy and they were SO. ADORABLE. The hardest part about  buying my bridesmaids’ gifts was waiting 3 months to give it to them. I love gifting so much!

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Why My Bridesmaids Were the Best

It was amazing that I have 12 amazing friends who were full of life, exciting, and we didn’t experience any drama once. I was so honored to have 6 of my college friends and roommates, a dear friend from church, my 3 sisters, my cousin, my best friend from childhood, and my Internet best friend come together and party with me Zim-American style.

I don’t take the sacrifice bridesmaids have to make lightly. Those girls give up their time, energy, and money to support a marriage and friendships. Relationships are incredibly valuable to me, so I deeply appreciated having each and every one of my bridesmaids standing beside Pai and me.

The I Do Crew

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Now buying the groomsmen suits was crazy stressful and I don’t even think I’m ready to talk about it yet. . .

How did you propose to your bridesmaids?
If you’ve not been married yet, what is something you look forward to doing with your bridesmaids one day? 


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