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. 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. :)

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:47 am

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

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    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!

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    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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