On your wedding day your bridesmaids help you get dressed, calm down your nerves and fill the day with laughter and remembrances. It’s arguably one the most important and moving questions you’ll ever ask of a friend. So how do you pick? It’s a emaotion filled choice that has vexed brides-to-be for thousands of years. No literally, thousands. Did you know in Roman times bridesmaids were originally included in wedding ceremonies to confuse evil spirits as to which young lass was actually becoming a Mrs ? Strange but true!
It’s best to start with family at hand, whether you make your sister your maid of honor is really up to you, failing that it’s safe to assume that all your fiancé’s sisters should also automatically have consideration. But once you move past the family, how do you whittle down your number? Obviously there are endless permutations, you can pick one friend from each stage of your life (high school, univeristy, work, etc), or you can limit it just to family members, however consider this sage advice: Pick who will make you the happiest on your big day.
You want to be surrounded by people who understand you and who will make you the best version of yourself once you walk down that aisle. The best bridesmaids can help you wiggle into your dress, keep you from bursting into tears and apply expert lip gloss while still recording everything for posterity on their iPhones. So deciding which of your friends and family you want to be in your bridal party is a big deal. And we can’t think of a more touching way to ask them than with these beautiful homemade bridesmaid “boxes.” Fill each box with tokens of your friendship, warm wishes, and even wedding inspiration: