Despite the feeling of being swamped over the last few weeks, I actually got a lot done! I want to introduce to you my first wedding DIY project…”WILL YOU BE MY MAID” invites. Speaking from experience, it is HARD WORK to be a bridesmaid. And often you are overlooked and underappreciated. I didn’t want to start my wedding-planning process with my bridesmaids not feeling as special as they truly are. I know I may be biased, but I think I will have the best women in the world standing by my side on my wedding day.
This was truly a labor of love and I enjoyed every minute of it. Even better than making it was the reaction that I received from my bridesmaids! I am so excited to share with you. They were not all that difficult to make. Here is what you will need:
I decided to go with a more elegant look for the invites with the flair of my personality in the text. I made a layered look that I thought would mirror an actual wedding invite. I used Microsoft Publisher to create the files. If you want them, please let me know and I can send them to you. I made the following sections:
I Promise – My promise to them…to try not to turn into a crazy bridezilla.
The Maids – Contact info for the other bridesmaids.
Attire – My initial thoughts on makeup, hair, nails, bridesmaids’ dresses. I gave them my Pinterest account so they could check out what I was thinking
Expectations – Description of who I would like to plan the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
I used this beauty as my inspiration. After printing multiple “trial” sheets I finally got everything rotated, centered, and ready to go.
I printed all the material on the brown card stock. Next, I trimmed excess material until I got the layered look I desired. Then I have tackled the “band” for the inserts. For this, I took scrapbooking paper and cut it into strips, and used my Martha Stewart Design Punch Around to give it a pretty design on the edges. I wrapped my band around then used double-sided tape to secure it.
Next I tackled the actual card. I used the “Do you promise” format that I found all over the internet. I used Microsoft Publisher and made two cards per 8.5×11 sheet. (If you need the template for this, just leave your information in the comments and I will get it to you.) After the card was created and printed, it was time to score the card. I measured half of the card and scored the horizontal middle. After the card was set, I used individual stamps to spell the name of each bridesmaid on the outside of the card (the “n” and “u” can easily be interchanged).
Now it is time to assemble this work of art.
After assembling them, I went ahead and used the extra card stock to make the outside envelope. I used this tutorial to make the envelopes. They turned out really well. I sealed the edges with double-sided tape.
Here is an overview of the steps:
Hope that this helps!
How did you ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding party?