Asking your loved ones to stand up with you during one of the most important days of your life should be an honor to them, and a big deal for you, too! These are the people that have shaped who you will be that day, who have seen you through everything and who will be supporting you on the big day. Because of the appreciation you have for them, the invitation into your wedding party should be equally as special. And yes, as a side note, it should be an invitation. Because being in a wedding requires a big commitment and financial responsibility it isn’t always in the cards for your friends. They might not be able to accept your invitation in the end. Don’t be offended if this is the case, either, but in any case, formally asking them is the way to go. Anyway, inviting your friends to be a large part of your wedding day should be special and fun and there are many ways to let them know your feelings. First, it’s not uncommon to have best friends who aren’t right in the area and easy to get together with. If this is the case, send a heartfelt gift or letter. Homemade gifts like a card, scrapbook or photo album of the times, that got your friendship where it is, are adorable and thoughtful. Leave a space for a wedding photo to add to the collection and let her know you’ve reserved the space. Handwritten letters are a must if you want to write a little (or a lot!). Not to mention handwritten letters are SO much more appreciated in this day and age!
Gifts and crafts don’t have to be expensive. The more heartfelt the better.
Not everyone has a crafty side, though, so if there is a gift of some sort that your girls can use either at your wedding or leading up to it. Put together a collection of items that a bridesmaid might need or want. A cute piece of jewelry, a manicure, or have someone else create a gift. You have got to see these custom paintings made by Twiggy Originals. One for each bridesmaid that shows her individual personality and style. I absolutely LOVE these! Another option is to make a fun day or dinner out of the whole process. Invite everyone over for a luncheon and pop the question! This way you can personally share how much you love each one of them. You can send them home with a fun keepsake like personalized wine. www.myownlabels.com provides labels for, virtually, anything. And last but certainly not least, let the creative juices flow and make a video explaining your entire party, your relationship to each person and a fun tidbit about everyone. This will be something that will be around for life. Our awesomely creative clients made a 10 minute clip of their wedding party that is, truly, impressive! Click on the link below and check it out for some inspiration.