Saturday, October 31, 2009

DIY Cards

It wasn't a week after I became engaged that I began looking at all the wedding accessory websites and shops for something to get for my friends to ask them to be my bridesmaid.

I saw everything from robes to makeup cases to tote bags and cookie cards, but I couldn't find anything personal enough. Plus, there wasn't much for asking, "Will you be my bridesmaid," as there was for thanking bridesmaids.

I was really set on getting something. I didn't want to rush off and call or text my friends because I wanted to make it more of an "occasion,"and present them with something that shows how much their support means to me :-) Not to mention, I'm a stickler for presents and surprises anyway!

I did found some really cute, handmade cards on Etsy (a bride's best friend), but unfortunately, the seller was pregnant and not taking any orders. I kept looking, but nothing really struck my fancy, and I was starting to run out of time. I know my friends were wondering if I was even going to have a bridal party!

Finally, I took matters into my own hands and made a visit to Michael's.

The result?

Some awesome DIY cards!!

I honestly didn't know I had it in me. I just decided I was going to do it and somehow it all came together! All I did was buy cardstock and those sticker gems. I cut and fold the paper into the shape of a card and I cut out other shapes with the leftover paper (hearts and squares). I used the leftover stuff to decorate the inner part of the card and decorated the front with gems and a few fake flowers (that I found in my basement closet!).

I typed up a little message on the computer and printed it on clear labels (which I also already had at home!). I think the most difficult part was placing the label onto the card. There were a few I had to toss, because I put the sticker on too quickly, and it was either bubbled or was crooked.

I was really happy with the outcome, but I still didn't feel it was enough. How about a t-shirt to seal the deal?

After scouring the internet for BM shirts, I stumbled across Bridal Party Tees and I loved the place instantly! Not only do they have some really cool designs, but you also have the option of customizing! With each bridesmaid in mind (their favorite color, personality and all), I designed one shirt at a time.

Finally (after about a month of getting everything together), I scheduled dinner with each BM, and they were all very excited to get a little package! They loved everything! One of them even cried!

Maybe it was because of the lovely poem (that I found online) in each card:

A friend knows the song in your heart
And can sing it back to you
When you've forgotten the words.

It's hard for me to believe
That in just a short while
Mr. Brooch and I will be
Walking down the aisle
Nothing would give me
More joy and pride
Than to have you there by my side.

I'll need someone to help hold up my dress while I pee too!

Will you be my bridesmaid?

Not too shabby for my first DIY project, huh?

Check out these awesome t-shirts! A perfect fit for every girl. I can't wait to order more for the bachelorette party!

Did you do or make anything special to ask your friends to be bridesmaids?



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