Invite your maids
So you got engaged over Christmas and the moment was everything you’d imagined. Now it’s time to turn your focus to the big day itself. Let’s be real here: you’ve probably been designing your wedding since you were six years old, but now it’s finally acceptable to talk about it in detail! Who do you picture standing by your side as you make this important commitment? And how do you plan on asking them to be on Team Bride?
Whether you have a pre-established agreement with an old friend, or want to surprise someone who would never expect to be in your wedding party, there is plenty of scope for getting creative and making it a memorable moment. Think about their personalities, what you enjoy doing together and whether or not your theme should run right from the beginning, giving you some direction with colour, style, font and ideas. Your wedding crew will work hard for you in the months ahead, so go large and say it in style.
Flavour of the month amongst the Potcakes team are luxury pamper boxes: thoughtful, beautifully curated and oh-so-pretty. Today we’ve grouped some of our favourite collections to give you inspiration and help you get the ball rolling during these cold January nights, when we know all you feel like doing is staying home for an evening of Pinterest and prosecco.
Your girlfriends and sisters are going to be your saving grace during the coming months, so pamper them a little. Let them know how much you appreciate their support in advance, and delight them with a box of luxury treats.
If you suspect the male members of your wedding party might need a little help transforming from rugged to regal, this is the perfect time to subtly arm them with the tools they’ll require. Male pamper kits are on the rise, and for those who already have their grooming needs covered, other items such as bespoke hip flasks, money clips, shoe horns and good quality whiskey will all come in handy before the ceremony.
Your best man is likely to need the most courage of all on the day, thanks to the pressure of his highly-anticipated speech, so a box full of goodies to give him a boost is likely to go down well. We’re particularly keen on the socks, since men can rarely be trusted to wear a matching pair! You may also wish give your Maid of Honour a different gift from your bridesmaids, so think about personalising it with all her favourite things.
Why not say it with biscuits and balloons? They’re less extravagant but no less effective, and who doesn’t love a surprise delivery to their desks on a Monday morning?
If your tribe live locally and you anticipate many cosy evenings spent at home with them, plotting, planning and preening during the wedding countdown, then a hot water bottle and hot chocolate mug could be just the thing.
Maybe you’d prefer to deliver the good news in person? Book a table at your favourite brunch spot and gather your girls; when they realise who else is invited they’re likely to suspect the reason for the occasion, so be prepared for squeals of high-pitched excitement on arrival.
And finally, for the long distance friend who appreciates a little humour, we give you this:
So, brides, how will you tell your besties “I can’t get married without you by my side”? Tag us on Instagram with your finished creations using @wearepotcakes and #potcakesweddings, and we’ll re-gram our favourite entry.
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