Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

I struggled with how I would ask my bridal party to be my bridal party. Most of them knew it was coming, and when we would talk about the wedding plans I would feel like I was losing ground on time to ask them without making it seem lame.

With nine bridesmaids, it’s hard to do anything without breaking the bank. I decided I would design my own cards for them and put together a cute little bag of goodies to properly ask them to stand beside Mr. Ly and me as we get married.

At first I had the grand idea of designing mini navy blue satin dresses myself and attaching them to the cards—this was a giant fail. I have minimal skills with fashion design, and didn’t have the slightest clue where to begin.

This image was my inspiration:


Clip art via Clker.com, image by chika87

Here’s what happened:


I started off ambitious. All supplies ready for crafting.


I quickly learned that the dress was looking horrendous and scrapped the idea.


I decided to print the actual image onto the cards, instead of trying to recreate it out of fabric.


Much better than the fabric!


Matron of honor card


Writing out nine cards with personal messages expressing why it is so important to have them with us on our day


The bags for the goodies. (I love owls. They will appear again and again, I’m sure.)


I added my own message to the bag.


Cute little makeup bags in our wedding colors


Eco-friendly notebooks with initial monogram personalization


Makeup and pedicure sets to fill the makeup bags


Bridesmaid bags all put together!

So while it started out as a bit of a fail, I think I pulled it together nicely. All the girls loved their gift bags and of course, more importantly, said yes!

Did anyone else turn a DIY fail into a win?


Mrs. Lyre

Wedding Date:
January 2013
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  1. Member
    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:12 am

    These are so great! I definitely want to do a bag of treats for my lovely ladies when I ask them. 🙂

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    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:23 am

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute! I just made personalized cards for my girls.. You really went above and beyond. I love it!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:32 am

    I have been toying with the idea of including goodies with my bridesmaid cards too, but haven’t decided yet what to include. Thanks for the ideas! Those makeup bags are super cute!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:40 am

    I totally and completely dropped the ball (or, more accurately, never picked it up) when it came to asking my bridal party. I think that’s part of why I obsess over ideas like this – they’re so freakin’ cute and I lament the loss that occurred by my own impatience and crassness. I LOVE these, I love the owl, I love the dress. So adorable.

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    sarah, Guest @ 11:19 am

    it was the cutest idea 🙂 <3 you and love being one of your BMs!!!!! I was so unoriginal and just went all out asking people! lol

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