Certified Coordinated Bride Jamisha
Journal Entry #2
Friends Who Became Sisters
“It’s just something that happens as you grow up, you realize it’s less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.” -Unknown
I never had a real definition of what a “friend” meant to me, I just expected the ones I did call friend to treat me the same way I treated them. And the ones who did I held them near and dear to my heart.
I had no doubt in my mind when David and I decided to take the next step who I wanted to be right by my side the whole time. The Women who know me best, who’s been there through “immature Jamisha” to “Mature Jamisha,” who celebrated me and with me, who checked me when I knew I was wrong, who cried with me, Just all around consistent in my life. We all love consistency; it builds trust, and honey we all need trust.
All those attributes are many of the reasons why I’m grateful God put these women in my life and to show my gratitude I decided to make my bridesmaids proposal a little personal. I tapped into my DIY Bride alter ego. The Wedding Blogs and Pinterest also helped a lot. I decided to make boxes filled with goodies I knew my ladies would appreciate.
A lot of people asked how I made my proposal boxes. So, I’d I’m excited to share!!
First stop was Michael’s Craft Store (Heaven to a DIY Bride). I grabbed 5 memory boxes– just my luck they were on sell 6 for $10, a steal right? My budget is set and I’m strict on sticking to it (Pray for me!) Then I used silver wrapping paper to outline and cover the boxes, and purple glittery card stock to line the inside of the lid. Which in total cost about $12 ( I’m doing good, right ladies?) I then made silver charm bracelets with a bow, which signified “tying the knot.” $15 for all after using the coupons ( I tried it, got to stay on track.)
To be more personal I decided to find pictures of each of the Ladies and I that were taken on occasions where we could look back on and say “That night was epic!” I used Zazzle.com to make “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards, and in each of them I edited the picture in and wrote words that came straight from my heart, I mean complete tear jerking words!
I then went and purchased Roll on Vera Wang perfume, with Opi nail polish in different shades of purple. I also purchased inexpensive champagne from the local Binny’s and covered each bottle with purple glitter. Lastly I had to make a quick stop at the Dollar Tree, a dollar store where EVERYTHING is actually a dollar, which has become my second favorite store, being the DIY Bride that I am. I got champagne glasses and I also covered the bottom of each cup in purple glitter as well. Team too much or no?
I then sent out a group text asking that they all meet me at the Carnival restaurant in downtown Chicago, for drinks. When they got there I presented each of them with their goodie box. And they LOVED THEM as I knew they would, gladly accepting.
About that budget I had for this DIY project, I spent a grand total of $150. Not so bad?
The amount of money can never amount to the appreciation and love I have for these women. Friends turned sisters.