I looove crafting! I can seriously search Pinterest for hours and hours just looking at different DIYs. I think that is one of the things I was most excited about when it comes to wedding planning…all of the crafting! Being a dedicated Pintrester, I found these little seashell messages while scrolling away one day. Let me tell ya, though, they were so simple to make! You really don’t have to be an experienced crafter. Just like when I asked my maids of honor to join us on our wedding day, I wanted a creative way to ask, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” that was also in the beach theme of our wedding.
I found these seashells in the closet of my room at my parents’ house—don’t ask me why they were still in there. I think they were from some tropical party we had when I was younger? Not sure on that one, but you can find similar shells at Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabric. I really didn’t like using real shells, but since I already had them in my closet for the past 10 years, I thought it would be good to use them up…it wouldn’t do any good throwing them back in the ocean now. But on a side note: Since I am very ocean conscious, our wedding will not have dead starfish and sea creatures all over everything. Not what I’m about.
Supplies you will need:
twine, hemp, or string
paint marker or permanent marker
double stick tape (I used the heavy duty carpet kind.)
Besides being incredibly loving, welcoming, and supportive, my future MIL is a calligrapher, and as soon as we announced our engagement, she offered to address the invitations for us.
Free calligraphy?!? Sign me up! Anything to avoid the headache of downloading fonts and convincing my printer to spit out envelopes seemed like a win-win.
MIL Puff expressed concerns on more than one occasion that because her calligraphy is done by hand, I might dislike the lack of consistency. I did not. In fact, I loved it. I love all the hard work she put into it. I love that each envelope is its own piece of art. And I love that her contribution really made the invitations a family effort—an effort that included my mom’s design and color suggestions.
Beautiful! (All photos in this post are mine.)
It took MIL Puff a mere two weeks to finish the envelopes. I was amazed! But then came the part I was dreading: adding the envelope liners. I really worried about messing up envelopes and having to ask her to redo them.* To that end, I watched several YouTube videos and read plenty of internet articles on how to do them. It ended up being a lot easier than I expected.
This decision felt simple to me. I didn’t want a double-digit percentage of our wedding guests to be standing up there with us.
But with just two bridesmaids there are a few things I couldn’t do quite as easily. So when picking the outfits for the ladies, they had to “match” in more ways than one.
I couldn’t simply ignore anyone’s opinions about wedding attire. With only two sources of opinions, it’s not fair to ignore someone for the purpose of forcing a “consensus.” There is no majority rule for a party of two.
Also, we couldn’t really swing the mismatched thing. It just looks like no one in particular is a bridesmaid. For the same reasons, the “special” dress just for the maid of honor doesn’t have the usual effect.
Originally, I wanted the dresses to be in dark metallics or black, per the color scheme. Both of my bridesmaids are quite a bit taller and slimmer than I am, and I imagined they would look lovely in a trumpet/mermaid style gown.
But in the end, these dresses were over where I wanted to be price-wise. Shorter dresses were more affordable, and if I’m honest, more age-appropriate for Mr. B-Cat’s little sister.
We kept emailing and texting dresses back and forth. We looked at Unique Vintage, Rent The Runway, Modcloth, and more. Funny thing was we kept running into the same short lace dresses over and over, all from the same brand.
I love my MOH—she and I have been thick as thieves for about a decade now. Which is why I’m not surprised we so easily found ourselves on the same wavelength. I mean look at this photo from our senior prom:
In deciding to have a small wedding, Mr. Sugar Cube and I also wanted to celebrate with all of our family and friends. What better way than to celebrate with a second party after the wedding?!
While planning our wedding has taken the most focus, Mr. Sugar Cube and I would occasionally talk about the second party and details we’d want to include. It wasn’t until a certain bike ride, though, that it really started to come together. When it comes to riding bikes, Mr. Sugar Cube and I have our usual rides and usual ways to get back home. On one of the routes home we pass by this building that for the longest time was just an industrial building. Turns out this empty industrial building won’t be for long!
The last night Mr. Sugar Cube and I spent time together in the week we first met, our group of friends and I had decided to go out for drinks at a bar within walking distance of the hotel we were staying at. When we got to the bar, The Great Dane Pub & Brewery Company, we all sat at the bar, Mr. Sugar Cube sitting to my left and no one to my right. Turns out it didn’t matter where anyone else sat because it felt like it was only the two of us there that night. As a result, the brewery has a little place in my heart.