These are the cold, hard facts.
Fact One. My wedding is basically one year away. One year. That’s 365 days. I was so sure I had all this time to plan and now I only have a year. According to the wedding checklists you can find everywhere, 12 months to go is when you have to get shit done.
Fact Two. Shit’s not done.
Fact Three. While I am excited to be getting married, I have not been very excited to be planning right now.
Conversation with myself (in the vein of the Awkward Yeti, which is awesome.)
Heart: We’re getting married!
Brain: We need to plan the wedding so we can get married.
Heart: LET’S HAVE A PARTY.
Brain: We have to plan the party.
Heart: LET’S HAVE BOOZE.
Brain: We have to order the booze and pay for the booze.
Heart: LET’S GET MORE BOOZE SO WE FORGET THAT WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THE BOOZE!
Brain: You’re not going to call the caterer, are you?
Heart: WEDDING THEMED MARTINIS.
So, when I stumbled upon The Bride Box, it seemed like the perfect thing to kick me back into my wedding pants (Which are TOTALLY a thing, by the way). The Bride Box is a monthly subscription box for brides – each month is a different variety of items, for pampering, favors, wedding tips, ideas, etc. Plus, since Jenna got mad at me and forbade me from buying anything else bridal after I stumbled blindly into Target’s dollar section, complete with Bridal Shower paraphernalia…I figured this counted as a free pass. The Bride Box graciously sent me a “Best of” box to get a feel for what normally goes on in their wedding march playing brains.
Disclaimer: I LOVE subscription boxes. I’ve never been a regular subscriber to anything, because groceries, but I’ve tried out a boxes from POPsugar, RocksBox, and a few others because magical Christmas boxes that come in the mail.
I even thought of doing a video blog of me opening up the box, but then got terribly self conscious. #MyFaceHasRestingSadFace. So, in the spirit of wedding magical Christmas subscription box – here’s my [written] take on The Bride Box.
item one: bride themed workout tank from Bachette.com.
It’s kind of ironic that this is the first thing I pulled out of the box. When I was thinking of making the vlog, I honestly thought how sad is it that I have nothing that says “I’M A BRIDE WITH A BRIDE BOX.” I mean, yes, there is the shiny thing on my finger, which I love, but it’s not like I walk around with a giant neon sign that says engaged (that’d be awesome) and I haven’t gotten around to ordering my does this ring make me look engaged mug yet. Rob says I don’t need it. I say Rob is wrong. I even debated pulling out my first communion veil, because veil, or putting a sign around my neck labeling me “Bride.”
So, the bride themed tank? Absolutely a win for me. You’re only engaged once, you should be allowed to rock a shirt that says it.
item two: soap. smelly soap. smelly soap with things in it from Zaaina.com
I feel like a lot of people would find use in this. It’s obviously handmade, it smells delicious, and I know a lot of people who live and die by Lush. I’m sure they would love this – me however…handmade soap is not really my thing, although I would love another bath bomb to try someday. I think this is something a lot of people would like, but it’s not for me. Update the day after: my mother read the blog and asked for the soap. It’s now residing in the downstairs bathroom.
item three: mr and mrs o wine stopper from CraftySmiths.com.
Bride Box asked me a number of questions before sending me out my box – what my wedding colors were, my future last name, the big day, etc. I was still surprised to find something that was personalized in my box. I have a few other wine stoppers in the house – maybe we’ll use this one for a bottle of wedding wine? Downside being that I can never find one when I need it…I may or may not have Saran wrapped a cork back on a wine bottle before. #Classy.
item four: mrs. pillowcase from Z Create Design.
I really liked this when I first opened it. I love the simplicity of it, it’s kitschy enough to make me smile, and it totally matches with the quilt currently on our bed. I’m a little disappointed they only sent me “Mrs” since it’s so obviously in need of being a pair, but I suppose it’s for the purpose of you getting the other one to complete your set. They did include a discount code, and I’ll definitely check out getting the “Mr” pillow to match. Update the day after. The “Mr” pillowcase is only $10 on their website (see link above)! Aaaand purchased.
item five: confetti popper from Posh and Sparkle.
Thought one is everybody loves confetti. Thought two is that I would be scorned if these showed up at my church for the wedding. Bubbles, you can get away with, but confetti? No way. Don’t even get me started on if I can use sparklers as we leave the church. This confetti is super cute, but unfortunately won’t fly at our wedding.
item six: eye primer “Thank Me Later” from Elizabeth Mott.
I’m not a huge make up wearer, but according to Amazon reviews, this stuff seems to be pretty good. If I ever find out what “eye shadow primer” is for, I’ll let you know how this works!
item seven: print from Susan Newberry Designs.
A cute print – perfect size for gift giving. I could see this being something that I put with an engagement gift for a friend. There are also a lot of cute prints on this Etsy Site – I personally loved some of her canvases like this one with the song lyrics from your first dance on it.
item eight: bottle opener from Kate Aspen.
We’re pretty set on giving succulents as wedding favors, because succulents don’t suck, but this is a cute idea and very useful. Case in point: cold beer in my hand is definitely open. High five, practicality! Also, if you check out the website for Kate Aspen, there are TONS of ideas and things to find – I may have wasted a few hours of my life just clicking around. The Kate Aspen Blog is also full of fun weddings, ideas and tips. Totally worth the click.
Overall, I really liked most of what came in my Bride Box, and I think I’ll find purpose for the ones that weren’t quite me – my mom would love the soap, and I’m sure the seven year old will have a field day with the confetti popper. The best thing about the Bride Box was that it was so fun to go through – everything relates back to wedding, wedding, wedding and that made me more exciting that our big day is getting closer. Bonus that I’ll be actually be able to use a lot of the items! I also really loved that a lot of the items were from Etsy – a great place to find unique buys and support small businesses! Plus, there are tons of discount codes for anything you really loved!
I would definitely recommend this to future brides – as a fun reminder that this is your big day, like it was for me – or as a gift to an engaged friend (of which I have a few right now!)!
You can check The Bride Box out at their website or on Instagram – a monthly box is only $35, and you can use the code REFERFRIENDS and mention my e-mail (LAthegirl.firstname.lastname@example.org) to get $5 off your first box!
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