Would You Be…Oh Could You Be…

…my bridesmaid?

There are a number of wonderful women in my life, both family and friends, who I wanted to be part of our wedding. However, with them spread up and down the East Coast, I didn’t want to simply make a phone call or wait until our next visit. Being a bridesmaid isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, so I wanted to illustrate how much I appreciated everything they would be doing as members of our wedding party…and show them how special they were to me!

I started by practicing my calligraphy on the shiny envelopes.


It looks better when you can see the full name!

Inside each card, I wrote a special note to each of them, outlining why our friendship was so special.


I made the written color the opposite of the border color for each card.

Each card ended mid-sentence, leading into the main question!


I have to keep working on my calligraphy.

I was so incredibly in love with these cards—there were glued on jewels and textured fabric in the skirt. The designer made each of the dresses a little different for me.


Thank you, Etsy / Cards via tinkermel3 on Etsy

If you’re not a paper lover like me…the next photos show the “fun stuff.” Vera Bradley was having a sale (and had free shipping), so I stocked up on some makeup bags and notecards.


Are you starting to see a trend in the colors?

I filled the makeup bags with fun bookmarks and some little notebooks (Moleskin, of course).


I love me some Moleskin.

Then I found a favorite photo with each of them and sent the pictures in unique frames.


Frames purchased from various Etsy sellers (PM me if interested in a specific one)

Finally, I wrote each bridesmaid a note that pulled together why they received each of the gifts. (Yes, there was a method to my madness.)


These personalized cards I had purchased some time ago from Etsy seller architette

Finally, everything was stuffed placed into a wine tote. I have a larger version of this tote myself—it’s great material and I love the simple design.


Philly Streets wine tote from we heart Philly

When each of the six women received their bag o’ goodies, they called and, much to my excitement, all accepted a role in our wedding as bridesmaids! Yes, it took a bit of time to put everything together, but for all that’s required to be a bridesmaid (time, money, etc.), I thought it was the least I could do. I was so happy to hear how much they loved the gifts but, most importantly, to have them as part of the wedding.

Did you do anything special to ask your wedding party?


Mrs. Turkey

Wedding Date:
May 2012
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  1. Member
    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:14 pm

    You have the cutest handwriting EVER. And those presents are adorable. I was not that creative.

  2. msdoe Member
    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 3:30 pm

    So creative! And your calligraphy is goooorgeoous!

  3. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:11 pm

    These are so adorable! No wonder they all said yes! :) I was totally boring–I just wanted my sister as MOH, so I called her up and was like, “So, do you want to be my Maid of Honor?” She nearly squealed! I think just asking was enough for her. :)

  4. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:52 pm

    Wow, you put so much time and thought into these, how could anyone say no?!? Lovely!

  5. unicycle Member
    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 5:00 pm

    wow those are amazing! And you have awesome handwriting/calligraphy skillz

  6. dalmatian Member
    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 5:27 pm

    These are seriously amazing :) What lucky bridesmaids!

  7. turkey Member
    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:40 pm

    Thanks everyone! Handwriting is my one crafty skill – nothing on some of the amazing DIY ladies of the Hive!

    @Mrs. Parasol: Love the squealing!

    @Mrs. Trail Mix: Hey – you never know…it’s tough to be a bridesmaid!! :)

  8. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:17 pm

    These are incredible-so many awesome things in one package!

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    jacinda10 469 posts, Helper bee @ 8:53 pm

    Very Cute! You could totally pick up calligraphy if you bought a dip pen.

    Are these their “gifts”, too? Or are you getting them a gift closer to the wedding like most people do?

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    misssemi 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:51 am

    These are great! I’m having so much fun following your posts (although they are making me a bit homesick!) We’re planning our Philadelphia wedding from Texas. I’m dreaming of some killer out of town bags with soft pretzels, Tastykakes, Utz’s, etc.

  11. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:26 am

    Such thoughtful and wonderful gifts. Your bridesmaids are very lucky girls to have such a great friend. :)

  12. Member
    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:47 am

    Wowww! These are awesome!! Can I be your bridesmaid?? 😉

  13. Member
    kmclevel 78 posts, Worker bee @ 10:32 am

    AW! I used cards and envelopes that look exactly like that to ask my bridal party! I wish I would I have taken photos before I sent them out but they included my terrible handwriting, sparkly chipboard letters, and ring stickers from Michael’s!

  14. turkey Member
    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:36 pm

    @jacinda10: I will be doing gifts for them just before the wedding as well – more on that to come.

    @MissSemi: It has to be tough planning from afar. Thank goodness for the internet, huh? Love your gift bag ideas – we’re actually doing something similar. Trying to figure out how early I can start buying TastyKakes…what do you suppose the expiration is? :)

    @TinyTina: Sure – why not!!?

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