Miss Mink Pops the Question

I put off thinking about our bridal party for quite some time. Wedding blogs and the boards here have plenty stories of bridal-party drama, and while I didn’t expect any from the people I had in mind, I didn’t want to worry about that aspect of wedding planning at first.

Originally, I wrote down the names of people I felt obligated to ask along with the names of people I really wanted to be in my party. I wound up with seven or eight names…which felt way, way too large to me. I started to envision all of those people throughout different parts of the wedding day and realized that I didn’t want a cast of thousands. I wanted three people, from three different “parts” of my life.


One. Two. Three. / Photo by Miss Mink

I wanted my closest Charlottesville friend, who jokes that we are work spouses, as my matron of honor. I couldn’t imagine not having my sister-in-law with me. We’ve seen each other through so many different phases of life. I also wanted a good friend who I made through my biggest passion: music. We love seeing live music. We especially love seeing live music with her and her husband.


Once I settled on these three ladies, I stopped worrying about my bridal party. In fact, I stopped worrying about a lot of wedding-day things. It’s amazing what feeling that support can do.

So what are these little spools? I wish I had come up with the idea myself, but they are the creation of Esther from the Etsy shop Choosing You. You might remember that I mentioned seeing Choosing You on my post about moss letters the other day. Esther and I chatted back and forth about my wedding colors and what materials could be used for these little guys. She had found some vintage blue thread spools and offered them as an option. She only had four, so I jumped on her offer. Aren’t they cute?

I wrapped each little spool in a cute little box. I added a little note and a sheet introducing my three bridesmaids to each other and reiterated my wishes that there be no showers or bachelorette party. Off they went to each of my friends. This might be silly, but I was actually kind of nervous about this part. What if they said no? Well, that was silly. They all said yes. Hooray! I’m so happy about my little bridal party!

How many bridesmaids do you think is “just right”? How many is too many?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
In the Language of Love, I'm Bilingual
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    soyjoy222 3817 posts, Honey bee @ 12:57 pm

    oh my, those are one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen, mink!

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    jacinda10 469 posts, Helper bee @ 1:02 pm

    These are beautiful Miss Mink!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:11 pm

    Those are so cute!

  4. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:19 pm

    @soyjoy222: I was so happy with how they turned out!

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    Mrs Grape 3588 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:24 pm

    Those are ridiculously adorable!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:24 pm

    @jacinda10: Aren’t they? I have to admit that I kind of wish I had one for myself! :)

    @Mrs. Earrings: Aren’t they? The Etsy seller makes all kinds, but she was really great about working with me on the right colors.

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:26 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love them.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:29 pm

    @Miss Hawk: Hee hee! I love them, too!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:36 pm

    These are so cute; no one would say no with this kind of invitation!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:37 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Thanks! I don’t know why I was nervous to ask my friends and SIL! It was one of those “I like you this much…do you like me this much?” moments. I felt like a kid!

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    mtnhoney 1311 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:16 pm

    I’m on your team, I have three!
    sadly, there has been drama already, since I didn’t take into account that they are all single Mom’s who struggle withe custody and money issues, and we can’t agree on the dress. One refuses to wear my colour! argh. I hope there’s none of that for you, Miss Mink! :)

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:18 pm

    @mtnhoney: Oh no! I’m so sorry! The one that refuses to wear a color…is she 4 because one of my friend’s daughters does that and she’s in preschool. 😉

    Good luck, Mtn Honey!

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    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 3:23 pm

    Love this! So beautiful!

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    penguin_girl_0413 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:05 pm

    I have 4 bridesmaids, and I was debating on a 5th. But I’m glad I stuck with the smaller size. Saves on money & makes for a closer circle. :)

    And I LOVE those spools!!!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:27 pm

    I also have three! Enough to fill out the pictures, but not too many so as to have a parade.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:28 pm

    @penguin_girl_0413: Same here. I like my little bridal party!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:29 pm

    New bookmark on Etsy – thanks Mink! Now just to think of a way to use them…

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    sugarbox 226 posts, Helper bee @ 11:28 pm

    It’s so beautiful.

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:30 pm

    Wow, those are so pretty! I love them!

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    wineandcupcakes 2121 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:12 pm

    Those are adorable! I can’t imagine anyone saying no to that, I sure wouldn’t :-)

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:14 am

    @Miss Turkey: She makes ones that say “thank you for being my bridesmaid,” too! :)

    @sugarbox: @TinyTina: @Miss Godiva: Thanks, ladies!

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