Selecting my bridesmaids was actually the first thing I solidified for the wedding. The next then was to figure out a way to ask all of them. Oh there's the wonderful movie depiction of all the ladies having a brunch, smiling and laughing the whole time...but my chosen ladies happen to be all over the place so that wasn't exactly an option. I'm a crafty person and so I also wanted to do more than a simple phone call. And that's when I discovered Pinterest. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I mean really, how did people plan weddings without it? Well okay I'm exaggerating but I think all of us have found the joy of Pinterest.
Anyway I was searching on there and I found this: DIY Bridesmaids Invite
I loved the sweet idea of putting them into it and allowing them to see who all would be a bridemaid. It also allowed me to sort of demonstrate my vision for their dresses. I wanted to take it a step further though. I chose to give each of my girls their actual hair color and style. In addition, I changed up their dresses a little since they would be selecting their own style.
I followed Once Wed's instructions on dimensions and they worked out great! I used construction paper I already had at home and the dress colors were from paint chips I collected. I hand wrote the actual invitations as well. I don't claim to have calligraphy writing style but I was happy enough with what I came up with.
And thus we have the finished product:
I am really glad I did it and all of the ladies loved them! I also made up one for the flower girl and ring bearers which was fun. It took absolutely forever since I have eight bridesmaids! Absolutely worth it hands down.
-Definitely give yourself some time, especially if you have eight or more. You want to give each of your ladies a beautiful invitation and if you have a limited time you'll end up rushing and making small mistakes (which if you're anything like me, stick out to you forever).
- Using paint chips was great! The paper was thick and I was able to make sometimes two dresses out of one chip. Best part: they're free!
-Using construction paper is definitely the best financial decision but if you're not careful it will tear easily.
-Have a blast doing it!
How are you asking your maids?