So when the time came, I had a pretty good idea of how I would pop the question, but I did some additional research just to be sure. In the end, I came back to my original idea: the cigar box. Ch-ch-check it out!
I started with unfinished cigar boxes which I purchased from Jo-Ann's. I gave them each a few coats of white paint, and then continued on with adding their names after it dried. And, NO, I did not write, stencil, or freehand the names. I wish, but I am certainly not that talented. I ordered vinyl lettering from Words Anywhere. I was able to select the font, color, and size of the lettering, as well as create personalized lettering (names & "be my bridesmaid?"). After applying the lettering, I used a stencil to outline the name on top of the box, and then painted the remaining top of the box black.
I stuffed the inside with a bottle of wine, a heart-topped corkscrew, little love candies in a "love" package, and three little pieces of paper with information on the big day, who the other bridesmaids are along with their email addresses, and the "role" of a bridesmaid. And don't worry. I did NOT go all bridezilla about the role. It was nice. I promise :)
I picked up some pretty paper, glittery ribbon, scallop scissors and heart stamps at Paper Source to put this little packet together.
And then since the wine bottles were too big to allow the box to close, I tied it all up with a ribbon :)
This was not what I would classify as a quick or easy project, but it was fun and well worth the work! How did you ask or how do you plan to ask your bridesmaids?
*Since we are all about giving credit where it is due in this lovely blogosphere, I wanted to note that this idea came from this fabulous blog. Obviously, I made modifications to make it my own, but this is where the overall idea came from!