Monday

Will You...

Remember when I told you I was doing a little secret Wedding project? Well I can finally talk about it now.

I made little Bridesmaid invitations asking my lovely sisters and bests if they would like to play a special part in my wedding... luckily they all said YES!
The whole wedding is very sentimental, it's small and intimate and it's 'Homemade'. So naturally I could only ask them this way.
After first spotting this idea on a few of the many wedding blogs I read; The Natural Wedding Company, Bridal Musings, & Wedding Chicks and Pinterest I got so excited by the idea, I just knew this was the way I had to ask.
I made the main Postcard by handwriting the 'Bridesmaid' and scanning it through and editing on Photoshop. I printed it at home using recycled Kraft postcards. I like how my girls can put this on their fridge or tape it up on their mantelpiece or wherever- a keepsake.

The Bridesmaids packs were such fun to make. Though a LOT of work went in them!
Many nights I spent tapping away at my vintage typewriter. Many mistakes were made, many pieces of card were wasted, many cups of tea were sipped.
I had SIX to make. FOUR sisters and TWO best friends. So you can imagine my poorly red/ raw fingertips!
It was worth it- as my beautiful bridesmaids loved them- I apparently made my big sisters cry. Oops!
I nipped into my nearest hardware store with my mother and pretended to choose pretty vintage, pastel, muted colours for my imaginary decorating project. After I left with a HUGE stack of paint chip cards, I was ready to 'paint'- or create my colour palette guide for the girls.
I had already had a little look at potential dresses for them online, so I printed a few examples so they could get an idea of the sort of thing I had in mind- though I am open to their suggestions.
Once I was happy with the content I got everything together, in it's order, and tied it together with some twine. I sprinkled the pieces of card with pink heart shaped confetti and wrapped it all up in pale pink tissue paper and sealed it with a piece of floral washi tape.
After stamping the envelope with the special date, it was ready to go.

I had sent out my best Alix's about a week and a half before sending out everyone elses in hope they would all receive them at the same time. But that plan failed. Alix was in Rome working at the time and it probably arrived about two days after she left for Berlin. Typical! But it was so exciting waiting for the calls and texts to come flooding in on the day. I had voicemails and texts from my sisters claiming I had made them cry and that they would be honoured and how much they loved it all.
We are now planning trips to try dresses on and talking about my potential 'bridal shower' in Paris. I have also suggested we get matching tattoos- how fun would that be!
Has any of my lovely brides/ bride-to-be readers asked their bridesmaids in a similar way? Or any other exciting way? I would LOVE to hear them.
Have/are any of you planning a Homemade wedding too? 

23 comments:

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the idea of paint chip samples and the typewriter letters look great. I was recently a Matron of honor for my BFF and my daughter was a flower girl. We were given vintage handkerchiefs with cards asking us to be in the wedding. My daughter's was extra special- there was a note to save the handkerchief so she will have something old for her wedding day.

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  2. Oh wow these are so pretty! Such a lovely idea - love the colour samples etc.

    Cat from OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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  3. This is wonderful! I wish I'd done this when I asked my bridesmaids!

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  4. Such a beautiful idea. I'm a so excited to read more about your wedding plans. x

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  5. This so lovely! I'm not going to be getting married for a gooood few years yet, but when the time comes I hope to do something as amazing as this! If I were to have received one of these I think I would definitely have cried as well. I love how much effort you put in this and you have made me want a typewriter so much now!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  6. What an absolutely gorgeous thing to do, such a lovely thing to treasure. My bridesmaids and page boys were all little - the eldest 8 and the youngest 6 months. Only 2 of them can remember the day! x

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  7. Awww wow, this looks beautiful! What a special way to ask them to be bridesmaids!

    CAT xo
    What Cat Says | BlogLovin'

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  8. This is such a beautiful idea! I can only imagine how gorgeous your actual wedding day is going to be :D So exciting! xxx

    theexpertofnothing.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. That's absolutely gorgeous - plus super organised!

    Way to make a bridesmaid role defined and easy. As a 3 time bridesmaid I would have absolutely loved for any of the brides to be half as organised as that. Good job!

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  10. i loved seeing this!! so special! so much detail! i love it all : )

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  11. What an absolutely beautiful idea! All that effort was certainly worth it!

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  12. Oh my, this is just divine. Such a beautiful idea x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. How wonderful are these cards - can always count on you to make just about everything, pretty and magical! And oh my, I probably caught this news a little too late, but CONGRATULATIONS, sweetheart! So extremely stoked for the two of you. :) So much happy days ahead of you now.

    Can't wait to read up on the rest of your journey towards the wedding and your happily ever after! xx

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  14. Oh Charlotte! This has made me cry! How gorgeous are these!!?? I love the roles & things you have asked them to do! You have such a talent for styling such pretty things, how could those special ladies say no! I can't wait to see more!! xx

    www.roseandmuse.com
    www.roseandmusevintage.com

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  15. these are absolutely the most beautiful things that have ever been created by anyone anywhere, you are so very talented!!!! it makes me wish i was getting married again so i could make these too!!

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  16. What an awesome idea! beautiful!

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  17. Wow, wish I'd made something as clever and creative as this.

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  18. CHARLOTTE!!!! This is stupendous!!!!!! It made ME even feel a little emotional and i dont even flipping flopping know you! You are so thoughtful and creative, what a sweetheart you are xxxxx

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  19. I'm in love with everything about this! As I was scrolling down the page I think my eyes were turning into hearts :) Congratulations! Keep going with this beautiful 'homemade' style -- it's lovely.

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  20. How creative, thoughtful and utterly gorgeous!! I'm sure your bridesmaids will treasure them. Love your colour palette too! xx

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  21. I saw this on Twitter the other day and just had to to favourite and re-tweet - such a lovely idea with beautiful details x x

    www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

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  22. This is such a beautiful idea! Brown paper & pastels are so perfect together. You are certainly one talented lady! I can't wait to see what else you've got in store in the run up to your big day! :-)

    Victoria x

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