How to ask your bridesmaids

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Once all the hubbub around our engagement started dying down, we immediately started thinking about who we wanted in our wedding party. I knew who I was going to ask, but for me the important thing was how I was going to ask.

I waited until we had already decided on the look and colours of our weddings as I wanted it to tie into that. I then tailor made a gift for both girls, one a close friend and the other my niece including small gifts (not the fragrance, that is only for colour inspiration).

The important thing is to give them as much information about your wedding as possible to help them make an informed decision. I decided that I want each of them to get a unique dress within my colour palette so I collected a few colour swatches from my local hardware store to include in the gift pack.

I also gave them a budget for dresses, a ball-park for wedding dates and in which region it would be. I think it is also important for them to know with whom they’ll be sharing the responsibility and fun and what extras I would pay for them or expect them to pay for. This is particularly important if your wedding party needs accommodation.

I made sure to finish it with a nice card asking her to be part of our special day and explaining why. Pretty wrapping also helps!

How did you ask your bridesmaids? Maybe you can steal a few ideas?

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DIY Floral Headband

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Inspired by some the floral headgear worn at the summer music festivals, I decided to share my easy to achieve floral headband. It has become somewhat predictable to wear a floral crown at a festival, but it still makes a pretty picture. This could also be great for weddings or just because…

What you’ll need:

  • Paper craft roses, about 10
  • Plain, flat Alice band
  • Scissors
  • 1 m Thin Sateen Ribbon, in a matching colour
  • Clear Drying Glue, such as Bostik

What to do:

  1. Starting at the center of the band, wrap the each flower’s wire around the band as tightly as possible. Trim any excess wire not necessary to keep the flower in place.
  2. When done wrapping the flowers, make sure that they are evenly spaced and that each flower is facing upright.
  3. Place a little glue under each flower head and gently press the flower onto the band. Let dry.
  4. Starting at one end of the band, tightly wrap the ribbon around it taking care to cover all the wire and leaving gaps for the flowers.
  5. Glue each end of the ribbon on to the band and leave to dry.
  6. Check that there are no exposed wires from the roses before wearing.

P.S. Don’t worry about the wire from the flowers as it is super flexible and covered so it won’t hurt.

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