Let me start by assuring you that not everyone does bridesmaid announcements. So, if you read the title and thought, “Why?” then that’s just fine! Usually, most brides-to-be and their bridal party already have a good idea of who will be asked and who will say yes. In fact, I’d bet that after the proposal (maybe not right after) most brides-to-be call these ladies and tell them that they are, of course, IN!
Me? Well, my Maids (yes, two) of Honor knew who they were. The same with a few of my bridesmaid. So why did I fool with sending out announcements?
Well, they are cute, thoughtful, and so darn presh! I wanted my ladies to get as excited as me (or at least near that level) about the wedding because they just won’t be there, they’ll be a part of it!
So here’s two ways to let your leading ladies know they’ve landed a spot next to you on your epic day!
Make it personal without breaking the bank
I loved the idea of creating little boxes of things (see this Knot post with a few examples) but when it came down to it, I didn’t have the budget to make what I really wanted to make. Plus, I wanted them to have their announcements pronto! (Read: Impatient.) So, after stressing and random internet surfing, I found Urban Outfitters’ hilarious (and pretty) cards.
Instead of getting six of the same ones, I searched and searched until I found cards I thought fit each chick and our relationship perfectly. (I know, some of these are a bit weird…but they work!) To make them even more special I filled up each with words straight from the heart and couldn’t be happier that I chose to formally do announcements this way!
Want to set your Maid of Honor announcement apart? Get something that plays with the fact that she is your Player 2 or partner in crime! (My MOH Virginia’s announcement pictured below!) Or find something that dips into your combined life of inside jokes and friendship. (i.e. I Love Your Stupid Face!)
Create a Facebook group chat of awesome
I am impatient, especially when I’m excited. So before I found my announcement cards, I had kind of already told my ladies (though I asked they keep it a secret until I sent announcements out). What’s the pros of creating a group chat on Facebook for your bridal party? For one, my ladies didn’t all live in the same place and some of them hadn’t even met so it was a way to introduce them. For two, when the wedding got closer it would be easier to talk wedding plans and what not in one place so everyone was on the same page. For three, it was all my favorite ladies in one place. That = Awesome.
So, I wrote a long message detailing out who each person was, how I had met them, and why I loved them. It started a fun convo and made me even more excited for the shenanigans I’m sure we’ll all get into closer to the wedding!
These two ways to tell some important women (or men! I’m all for having men in your bridal party) aren’t overly grand or difficult, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t heartfelt and special. If you’re choosing them to be in your bridal party, then it’s safe to assume they already love and appreciate you. Just because you don’t build a box of glitter, gold, and personalized-everything, doesn’t mean they will respect or love you less!