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.