Friday, December 5, 2008

The Bridesmaids!

I finally asked all of my bridesmaids to "head" down the aisle with me!

I asked my sister to be my maid of honor the day that we bought my dress.

I asked my best friend from high school (Alex) to be my bridesmaid via mail shortly thereafter.

I asked the fiance's two sisters to be bridesmaids on Thanksgiving.

and last night, I was finally able to get together with the other three girls and asked them over dinner at P.F.Changs.

I spent the few weeks following our engagement trying to figure out a fun and creative way to ask my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids. I know that some people do cupcakes, some just call them up, and some people do cards. I liked the cards idea, especially since one of my girls lives in Connecticut. However, I didn't want to do a plain card so when I was looking for pictures of me and the girls together, I came up with a plan.

I headed straight to Walmart and picked up all of the newest bridal magazines. Then I went to work finding pictures of a bride and bridesmaid standing next to each other. That task was much more difficult than I had anticipated, but with a little creativity, I was able to find something that would work for each girl.

Next, I designed my own card (with construction paper, ribbon, and glue) and made it pretty, pink, and green.

I pasted one bride and bridesmaid minus the head to the front of my cards, and then cut out a picture of me and my bridesmaids' heads to "attach" to the bodies. It's supposed to look silly, and I think that they turned out fabulously. The girls all loved them and they appeared to be a big hit.

Here are five of them, pictured below...

On the inside of each card, I wrote "Will you head down the aisle with me as my bridesmaid/maid of honor?"

Here's my friends Alli, Noelle, and Alex.

Alli survived internship with me, we applied for jobs together, and we bonded over the summer. She's my shopping partner and I couldn't spend a staff meeting without her.

Noelle has been my neighbor and closest Maryland friend for almost three years. We've spent many nights outside on the patio sipping wine and talking about anything under the sun.

Alex is my best friend from high school. We met when we were 13 and we're still close friends 14 years later. We went to high school together, we babysat together, and we had our first beer together (sorry, mom).

Next up is my friend Mari and my sister, Erinn.

Mari also works with me, she commiserates with me school psychology style, is a frequent lunch/shopping partner, and has been a great friend to me for the last three years. In fact, when I was applying for jobs two years ago, I think Mari wanted it for me more than I did.

And of course my sister- the girl that I've known for 25 years and that I've shared barbies, clothes and drinks with ever since.

Unfortunately, I was waiting for the fiance's mom to provide me with pictures of his sisters and I had to make their cards at my parents house before Thanksgiving. As a result, I don't have pictures of their cards, but they looked exactly like all of the others.

I'm very happy to have my new "sisters" in my wedding! It's especially fun because they are almost as excited about the wedding as I am.

Later, I wrapped them all up in a bow and this is how I presented them to each girl.
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Mrs. S. said...

This is such a cute idea!

Kids, Canines, and Chaos said...

LOVE the idea! They turned out super-cute and it looks like the ladies loved 'em!

Kate said...

Such a fun idea!!

University of Iowa Meg said...

That's a great idea :) I'll have to use that in my future things....things I am not sure....but if I were to get married :) How is everything else going?