- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
When faced with the question on how to ask the girls to be my Bridesmaids, I was stumped. I had moved to Perth just a few months ago and all the female friends I had made were either part of his family or wives of his friends. The only friend I’ve made on my own is my photographer, but it would be difficult to be both behind and in front of the camera! I knew I had to do something special to ask them. I watched the Bee Forums for a while, gathering ideas and I loved so many that I combined a few!
I loved heineck7712’s cloth dress on her card (http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-11) , so I attempted to recreate it. I planned to have the 4 girls in different colors of their choosing, so I went to the local craft store and bought material out of the scrap bin. I didn’t worry about the colors matching, but I wanted the texture to look like a dress. The gold/tan is a silk and the green was a soft glittery tule. The material was $2, ribbon $1, gemstones $2, and I bought a low heat glue gun just in case the high heat would damage the card or fabric.
To make the cards, I bought discounted scrapbook paper for .50 cents and cut them into 6 by 12 pieces, folding them in half with the decorations on the outside. I looked for a fun poem to include since I didn’t have the long relationship most girls have with their BM, and I try to keep things light hearted if I can help it! I fell in love with the cards made by the Etsy seller Greencard (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/69982415) and mimicked the poem with a few little changes. For those ladies interested, the fonts are Century Gothic and BlackChancery. I set the margins to fit the black border (kids construction paper) and the size gradually gets smaller until the end of the card. It’s a little fiddly, but very easy to create. On the opposite side, I wrote a personal message to each lady, including why I was asking her and what I admired about her and the relationship with her FH/Husband. I typed the messages in word first so I didn’t misspell anything!
With the cards finished, I wanted to give them something as a gift that they would find useful. sarah623 created lovely boxes for her girls (http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-small-shadowbox-w-pics) I loved the boxes with the initial on their box. The letters were $1 a piece and the glitter paint was $4. In each box was a small bottle of hand lotion, hand sanitizer, chocolates and a ring pop for some wedding fun!
In the end, each card and gift cost me $35 to make. However, I live in Perth AU and things cost much more. If I had a Michaels, I’m sure the cost would have been cut in half.
I asked the ladies to come over for dinner so I could ask them all at once. When I pulled out the boxes & cards, 3 of them started to tear up. They loved them!! After the tears subsided, we had a big hug and talking about the dresses, shoes and other plans. All the research and stress over asking the BM’s was completely worth it and it was a great bonding moment. I hope my fellow Bee’s got some great ideas from my project!