Monday, January 28, 2013

My Wedding Planning: DIY Bridesmaid Cards

Well, it's taken me a while to blog about these "Will you be my bridesmaid" cards because I had to borrow back the card I made for my maid of honor in order to photograph it! We finally got together and so now I can share it with you.



I asked my 4 bridesmaids (two of my husband's sisters, my best friend from high school, and my best friend from college) to be in our wedding almost exactly two years ago, in January 2011, which was almost a full year before our December 2011 wedding. I wanted it to be special so I made these cards and sealed them in an envelope tied up with twine and a piece of dried lavender. As you can see, this card is a little bit worse for wear--it has done a bit of traveling (she lives in Atlanta and had to retrieve the card from her parents' house in New York) and the gold ink is fading, the dresses are beginning to come off the paper, and it's a little bit crumpled. But I think the homemade/vintage/simple quality is preserved, and that's what I was going for when I made them. I wanted these cards to be sweet and pretty and from-the-heart.



For the bouquet on front, I bought little satin flowers and glued them on the front of the card and drew in the stems. I made the wedding dress out of doilies, and I cut the bridesmaid dress from a piece of ribbon that was similar in color to the actual "rhubarb" dresses. To get the stamp just right, I bought a magnetic stamp alphabet (similar to this) which made it quite easy. I simply lined up the magnetic letters on the magnetic tin and stamped it on the card. I love how the words are relatively lined up but it still has that homemade, "typewriter" look to it.


And they all said "yes!"




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13 comments:

  1. Super adorable. Love it! I didn't even think to do something so cute. I just asked them. Lame. I know.

    PS we got married around the same time! October 2011 for us! :)

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  2. Oh I love that we got married around the same time! For some reason I thought you'd been married for a few years. Probably because you're so wise :)

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  3. My boyfriend and I are talking about getting married in October this year!!! =) How was the weather for both you ladies then? Would you recommend October for a Fall wedding?

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  4. Ah congrats! Tina woud be the expert on October, my wedding was in December in Upstate New York....a true winter wedding! Fall weddings are so beautiful, I don't think you could go wrong with October!

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  5. Maggie- October was perfect for us! My bridesmaids thought it was cold but I thought it was perfect! I'd get married in October all over again. :) You can see all of my posts on our wedding here: http://likeordinarylife.com/tagged/our-wedding

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  6. Where in upstate NY? The finger lakes????

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  7. Haha. Nope. Just a little over a year for us. We've lived together for about 5 years now, though. So that makes a difference, perhaps?

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  8. Very close to the Finger Lakes, near Syracuse! Do you know the area?!

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  9. adorable! I have tons of scrapbook stuff leftover, I should really put it to use by making my cards instea dof buying those expensive things!
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  10. Yes, it's such a fun thing to make cards! And I think homemade is always appreciated :)

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  11. Yes, it's such a fun thing to make cards! And I think homemade is always appreciated :)

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  12. Kate! Your birthday card was almost as sweet a masterpiece to receive as this invitation to be a bridesmaid at your wedding. You are such a talented craft artist!

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  13. So glad you like it!! I hope it arrived in one piece, I was a little worried about that candle making it safely to NYC! Happy Birthday to my lovely sister-in-law! XO

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