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Bridesmaid Proposal – Clever Idea

September 20, 2012 by
Some time ago a newly engaged bride-to-be sent me this “bridesmaid proposal”. I thought it was such a wonderful idea, doing something special to honour your bridesmaids. We often forget that the bridesmaids spend a lot of time and money to make the bride’s big day special.Vicky tells us in her own words how she got the idea for the “bridesmaids proposal”: “I’m Vicky Alvarez Campos and I was born in Argentina, but moved to Cape Town four years ago for love … In the summer 06/07, while on a working holiday in Aspen, Colorado, I met the man who would become my fiancé. We only dated for three weeks before I had to go back to Argentina to work and finish varsity.After that Arri came to visit me for three weeks, then I came to visit him in South Africa for another three weeks and at the end of that year I moved to Cape Town … a few months ago he asked me to marry him.

When we decided to have the wedding in South Africa I knew I wanted to have bridesmaids (a tradition we don’t have in Argentina). I’m so thankful to my best friends, because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. I have two groups, my childhood friends with whom I share wonderful memories and I know I can count on, no matter what, and my friends from South Africa, without them I would never have been able to cope with moving to a new country.

So I wanted the “proposal” to be something more special than just a phone call, SMS or email. I saw the idea of  ”proposing to bridesmaids” on a wedding blog, a long time ago. The bride made a box with a card and some goodies. I knew my girls didn’t deserve anything less than that, so I made these six wooden suitcases that I named “Friendship roadtrip through life”. The three bigger ones for the girls that live in SA and the smaller ones for the girls in Argentina so I could post them with no problem.For the girls in South Africa I organised a picnic. We were meant to hike my favourite route up Table Mountain, but the weather couldn’t have been worse. So we ended up having the picnic inside the dog’s house (actually it’s more like a tree house ). It turned out to be great fun. My mother helped me to do something for my friends back home. She invited them all to her place for tea and gave them the boxes. Inside the boxes I included: A set of cards with info about the wedding, and the bridesmaids’ duties: feel beautiful, hold some gorgeous flowers and wipe away my happy tears!”

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10 Responses to “Bridesmaid Proposal – Clever Idea”

  1. Amelia September 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Original design from:
    In case anyone is keen for wedding stationery design. That was originally an invite I designed for Sarah & Warren :)

  2. Leila September 21, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Wow Vicky, that’s such a sweet thing to do, I cannot wait to see your wedding pictures!

  3. Gia September 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I love this idea! Vicky, who did you use to print the pretty cloth hankies?

    • Vicky Alvarez Campos October 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      Hi Gia,
      believe it or not, I just printed them on my home printer :) It worked just fine as I only had to print 6. If you check online there’re many tutorials ;)

  4. Candice Dampier September 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Are these available for Sale? Love the idea…

    • Vicky Alvarez Campos October 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi Candice,
      These ones are not for sale… but you should check online if there’s anything similar you can buy… otherwise, if you could make them yourself I think they would be a lot more special ;)

  5. Maria September 11, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    where do i get the boxes

    • Roeleen from The Pretty Blog September 11, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Maria! These boxes were made by the bride herself.

  6. Ashley November 13, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    Where did you get the box

    • Roeleen from The Pretty Blog November 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Ashely, the bride made the DIY wooden boxes herself.


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