Hi hive! As discussed the other day, the idea of having eight attendants was mostly due to Cam. I had no problem coming up with eight of my own lovely ladies.
MOH JJ, BM Hamster, and BM Twerk from PA school:
Personal photo / BM Mom, me, BM YW, and BM Mom’s husband photobombing in the background
…and BM FUN.:
Personal photo / Me, Cam, BM FUN., and GM Sailor (They’re engaged too!)
And finally, two amazing future sisters-in-law that I really lucked out to get. BM Boys and BM Cupcake:
Personal photo / Look at my ring bearer as a widdle baby!
When I decided to solidify this list and ask my girls, I knew I wanted to do something fun and different. A few years ago, I was asked to be in a wedding with a cookie. It was dress shaped and said “Miss Camera, will you be my bridesmaid?” And it was freaking delicious.
I wanted to copy it, but then I wanted to make something myself. Initially, I wanted to make personalized labels for wine bottles, but three of my bridesmaids live out of state, and four live two hours away from me, so it would be next to impossible to get them all the same thing. Reluctantly, I started on everyone’s favorite wedding site—Pinterest—to get some ideas.
Paper dolls cut out like your bridesmaids:
Photo by Anna Bond of Rifle Design / Image via Once Wed
The “Be my maid?” box:
Image via Wedding Chicks
The Ring Pop:
Image via Blissful Bride Shoppe on Etsy
I thought they were all super cute, but really wanted to do something different. Cam actually suggested it—a puzzle!
I made Cam take a picture of me, uploaded it to my computer, printed it out, and Mod Podge’ed it to eight different puzzles that I bought at Joann Fabrics; then I spent countless hours separating the puzzle pieces and getting blisters on my fingers, put them in little boxes, and mailed them off!
Here’s what they saw when they opened the packaging:
And here is what was inside! Along with a little note explaining how much they mean to me and why I want them by my side on my big day:
It didn’t turn out exactly how I had envisioned, but it got the point across and was definitely different than the things I had seen fairly frequently.
Funny story: After I had wrapped all the puzzles up in boxes and sent them off, I found a corner piece from one puzzle under the couch. BM YW called to accept and said (her then boyfriend, now fiance) GM A said, “I bet she left a piece out so she could give it to you at the wedding and say ‘you’re the missing piece.’” HA! Man, I wish I would’ve thought of that!
Personal photo / Oops!
And there you have it! How did you ask your bridesmaids?