When Marc and I first got engaged, I spent hours and hours plowing through various wedding blogs for inspiration (life before Pinterest). Some of my favorite ideas were all the cute and unique ways floating around on the web on how brides have asked their best girls to be bridesmaids at their weddings. I knew one thing for certain that I too wanted to find a special way to ask my wedding party.
My initial inspiration was the Once Wed paper doll project which I am sure by this point every recent bride and bride to be has seen. It's pretty much adorable. And looked so easy to do. Don't you just love how they all have cute little haircuts?
But of course, I thought I'd kick it up a notch. I knew from the beginning that I didn't want matching bridesmaid dresses and wanted all my girls to be able to pick their own gowns in a metallic neutral. Although non-matching bridesmaid ensembles are pretty common now, I felt like everyone looked at me like a crazy person when I told them I didn't want them to match and that I'd like for them to choose their own dresses in the same metallic palette. So I thought I'd cut out little gold, bronze, glittery gowns for each of my paper dolls to wear to illustrate my idea (which cost hours of my life and all feeling in my thumb for about a week). At this point, I was thinking that I'm pretty much a creative genius.
|Inspiration: Martha Stewart of course.|
But then I thought about how some of my bridesmaids didn't know each other. Some haven't my sister, law school friends haven't met non-law school friends, etc. And I thought, why don't I also include their pictures and names on each little paper doll so they'll know what everyone looks like? And that's where it all went wrong:
My dear bridesmaids - I'm sorry I'm a secret sociopath. Even I had no idea. I had the best intentions to make you something crafty and sentimental. But you don't have to guess why you never received a "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" card from me. I didn't want you to call the police to report that you thought I was going to murder you. And by the looks of these little dolls, it would've been completely understandable.
So you all had to make do with a phone call, but I think it was safer this way. I, on the other hand, will never pick up an x-acto knife or glue stick again.