- 3 years ago
I have asked 2 fantastic ladies to be in my bridal party this weekend; my maid of honour and one of my bridesmaids. I was determined to ask them to be in my bridal party in an unique way and in a way that was personal and memorable to all of us. One thing we all have in common is afternoon tea: We love it! Thought I would therefore invite them around for a day of celebrations.
I made the below invitation for them both and posted it to them 🙂 They all told me how much they loved them 🙂
After loving this page for a very long time, I had loads of ideas of how to ask my girls. The problem was that I didn’t know which idea to pick! So I encorporated a few ideas into the day.
It started off with my save the dates:
So I first wanted my girls to save my date – so made these for them to open first. I designed these myself using Inkscape. I then had them printed on 280gsm card at a printers (cost me approximately £8 for 46!). I cut them out using standard scissors and to each one, added 3 scratch off stickers (found on ebay), 2 small red diamonte gems (ebay) and 2 small stick on magnets (again ebay). I tested them out and they stick to a fridge really well!
I then designed the envelope design on Inkscape and printed 2 on a page. I then added envelopes to this page using blu tac and then printed again so that the exact design printed on the envelopes. And voila! Save the dates complete! The girls loved them and had fun scratching off the stickers 🙂
I then made a personalised wine label which they opened next (the wine was in a bottle bag):
Again I designed this on Inkscape! I printed it on label paper, took off the existing wine label and put this in its place. I then put some ribbon at the top. The ribbon says on it: Time to drink champagne.
After they had shed a few tears, given me lots of hugs and ultimately said yes – they had another card to open.
I’d like to say that I made these card but unfortunately I didn’t! A very talented friend made them for me 🙂 Inside each card, I put a letter telling them how special they are to me and why I chose them to be in my bridal party.
I also added a list of all the things that I had collected for them over the last couple of months for their survival kits:
In the box I put everything from paracetamol to personalised compact mirrors, personalised slippers, personalised do not disturb door hangers and personalised makeup bags. The sign for each box I designed myself and then printed at home. I then laminated it and added 2 holes either side. I then added ribbon so that I could bind the box when everything was in it. I also gave each girl a water bottle. The water bottle labels I made myself and printed on label paper:
The actual box was a sparkly silver box I got from my local card shop.
Once they had looked at everything in the box, there was one final surprise: A wedding planner.
I designed the front cover on Inkscape and then printed it out on card. I then also used an article from this very website to determine my content. I expanded quite a lot and added monthly calendars and weekly planners as well as details about my day. It was around 70 pages in total! I holepunched each set and then put in an a4 file for each of them. They loved them!
So this is how I set up the room: Cupcakes and sandwiches added!
I’ve got to be honest, it was a lot of work but their reaction made it so worthwhile! They loved it! They were so excited by all the elements and really appreciated all the work I’d put into it 🙂
They even posed for a picture afterwards!
It was a fantastic day and wish I could do it all again! I hope this gives some of you some inspiration 🙂 Happy planning xxx