- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
UPDATE: I have finally emailed my template to everyone that gave me an email address whether in the comments or private message! I’m SO SORRY for the delay. I really let time slip away from me! If you would like the templates, please send me a private message with your email address so I can send it to you. I hope it will be send within 24 hours, but I can’t guarantee I will check this site everyday. I definitely will try though! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!!!
After searching aimlessly for days for a unique way to “propose” to my bridesmaids, I came up empty handed. I wanted to ask in a unique way, but also give them something they could use and not just chunk in the garbage. While searching, I did find a few elements of certain projects that I liked and eventually worked them into my final idea. Ever since I was pregnant with my daughter, I have been a list making freak! Especially now that I am planning our wedding, I have been making lists, spreadsheets, forms, and anything to keep my thoughts organized. While I was getting my “wedding binder” together I realized that would be perfect for my bridesmaids! This project took about a week of on and off work. My daughter is now 1 so she kept me busy or I’m sure it would have been done a lot sooner!
- mini binders (about 6in x 9in) – $4.99/ea at STAPLES
- Dividers to fit binders – $2.99/5 dividers at STAPLES
- Martha Stewart Project Planner Filler Paper (5.5in X 8.5in) – $2.99/50 sheets
- I bought 2 packs of the project planner paper and 2 packs of the regular planner paper which is also $2.99/50 sheets.
- Cardstock (white) – $4-$5/75 sheets at Target
- Cut in half after printing calendar on front and back to make 5.5in x 8.5in sheets
- Stationary – $4 at Target
- I chose a cream colored stationary with a bright green design
- Hole Punch – $1 at Staples
- Paper Trimmer to cut cardstock and stationary in half – $3 at Target
- 5/8 in Ribbon – $2 at Hobby Lobby
- LOTS OF INK in your printer cartridge!
***I made these all for less than $10 each!!
1) I named my sections on the dividers. I used elements of other projects done by brides such as “Your Role” and “I Promise” The sections I used:
- Your Role
- I Promise/Misc
2) I typed up my to my bridesmaids. I typed all my notes in Word. I used the following settings:
- Orientation: Landscape
- Margins: .5″ all around
- 2 columns
- Font: Papyrus
- varying font sizes depending on length of note, etc.
**This took a little bit of thinking. I wanted the design on my stationary to be behing the note so I made sure to type on the correct side of the paper. I also made sure I placed the paper correctly in the printer. I suggest trial runs with regular printer paper to ensure it will print correctly and you don’t end up wasting the expensive paper!!
I also included a rough budget to help them keep up with their expenses!
The calendar was the hardest part. I started it with February 2012 since January had already passed. It ends in May 2013 which is our wedding month. I marked our dress appointment and left room fot them to write-in important dates and notes. I couldn’t find a template so I had to make this on my own in word, but I’m very pleased with the way it turned out!! Thit took A LOT of brain power. I printed front and back on the cardstock and cut the pages in half then hole punched.
I loved the “I promise” ideas I found while searching for ideas on how to ask my Bridesmaids.
I put all the typed up papers in the corresponding divider section.
3) I finished the binders off with tags asking them to be my BM, MOH, etc. I had stationary left over so I printed the wording over the green design. Again, this was trial and error until I got the positioning correct. I cut them down to 3x4in tags, and I punched a single hole in the top left corner of the tags. I cut my ribbon to the desired length, enough to tie in a bow and let the tag hang about an inch. I’m not sure of the exact measurements! I then thread the ribbon behind the metal part in the binder and pulled the ends to the front of the binder. I put one side of the ribbon through the punched hole and then tied a ribbon. You’re done!