So, if you saw my last vlog then you’ll know exactly how I proposed to my beautiful bridesmaids. It really was one of the best days ever, the laughter, tears and sarcasm (thanks sis!) made me realise how important each friendship is.
For weeks, I trawled through Pinterest, Etsy and Not On The High Street for proposal inspiration. I wanted something that would be a little dramatic and keep the girls guessing, as I’m pretty sure they could have all guessed an invite was coming their way!
The first thing I noticed when browsing for ideas was how bloody expensive ready-made proposals are! So, I decided to take it into my own hands and make my own! I’m really glad I did as it meant I could make them completely personalised plus, I really do love a project. I went for the ‘pop the balloon’ approach as I love how interactive it is, and the fact I’d painstakingly hand stuffed those balloons with rose petals made the giving of the boxes even more exciting.
So, here is my step by step guide to make your own balloon, bridesmaid proposals:
What you’ll need:
A pretty box (needs to be at least 6x6x6 inches)
5 inch balloons (I got mine from ebay)
An invite message
Rose petals (you can use confetti)
Glitter card (this is to make labels)
A photo of you and the bridesmaid
A funnel/something similar
1. First up, make your labels… Cut a rectangle of card and use the hole punch to make a neat hole, then thread some ribbon through the hole and attach it to the lid of your box.
2. Next, it’s time to start filling the box. Put tissue paper at the bottom and put your gift on top (I gave these lovely ASOS socks). So the present remains a surprise, pop another piece of tissue on the top of it.
3. Now for the hardest part… The balloon!! I’d highly recommend buying a funnel for this… I didn’t so I had to make one out of the top of a plastic bottle! This part really is trial and error, I recommend blowing up the balloon first and then shoving in little bits of confetti through the funnel (I’m so poetic). Then get your message and roll it up like a little sausage and manipulate it into the balloon. I must confess that I popped 4 balloons in the process of making my boxes, perseverance is key!
4. Once your balloon is inflated and tied, grab some more ribbon and tie it around the bottom of the balloon.
5. You now need a ‘Pop Me’ message to tie onto your balloon. Cut circular labels out of card, write ‘Pop Me’ on one side, then tape your safety pin to the label. Again, use the hole punch to make a neat hole in the label and attach it to the balloon with the ribbon.
It should look something like this…
6. Put the balloon in the box!
7. Next, grab that photo of you and your bridesmaid, glue it to the underside of the lid and put the lid on the box.
8. Finally, gather the girls and give them their box and enjoy the moment 🙂
You can watch a time lapse video of me making the boxes in my proposal blog