Free "Will you be my bridesmaid?" cards for you

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Trying to find that perfect way to ask your favorite girls to be an important part of your big day? We here at The Dessy Group have a stylish solution. Stylish and might I add FREE!

Stylish, elegant and FREE!

With designs provided by our friends The Wedding Chicks, simply visit the DIY bridesmaid cards at Dessy, choose your favorite design, choose your favorite colors and download your creation. Send, and watch the smiles appear!

It's a special moment

Choosing and deciding who is going to be your bridesmaid is a very special time in your wedding planning. 

You might have had a bestie in mind ever since you were a young girl, or perhaps you've decided that your maid of honor should be somebody that has been a big part of your life in more recent years. 

One thing is for sure - you need to choose somebody who is unflappable and organised as your head bridesmaid. They will have a lot to help you with and so you need to know that they are reliable. Asking a friend who is busy with young children or a new baby might not always be the best idea!

Postal invitations are wonderful

Rather than send a text or an email, inviting your girls in a more timeless way will surely be appreciated. 

Handwritten envelopes are always a pleasure to receive, particularly if they contain an exciting invitation - and asking somebody to be your bridesmaid with one of these cards will capture a perfect moment. 

Print them out onto a good quality card and search out some envelopes that fit in with your color scheme. Then hand calligraph (or ask a friend) the addresses and pick out some suitable stamps. 

Different designs

You'll find several different designs here to choose from and of course you can print them out in different colours to suit the shades and tones you've chosen for your wedding day. 

And because they're free, Dessy is helping you to spread that wedding budget a little bit further ...

Wedding invitation do's & don'ts

Save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, menus, name cards, and thank you notes...there are many elements to creating an organized stationery plan for all of the stages of your wedding.

Wedding invitation do's & don'ts

Most important however, are the official invitations letting your guests know where to be and at what time to capture the beautiful moment that you say "I do". Invitations also tend to be the most traditional part of your wedding and there's some important etiquette you need to follow. To keep you on track, here's our simple list of do's and don'ts to make sure you're aware of the right protocol before sending out all those important envelopes.

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Do's

  • Have a theme that runs all the way through your invitations. Your stationery needs to match. From flowers to place settings, a well-considered color scheme always makes everything appear much more elegant and classy. Matching invitations will also give guests a sneak peek of what they should expect the ceremony to look like.
  • Do give your guests plenty of notice. Save the dates are a really good idea, particularly if you're having a wedding in the holiday season or planning a destination wedding. People plan so far ahead these days and may want to make your wedding part of a holiday. The actual formal invitation should be sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding date itself.
  • Do make sure that all necessary information is included You wouldn't believe how many invitations get sent out missing the date, or the venue, or the time. Double and triple check that the information is accurate and don't forget to include details of accommodation and a map if necessary.
  • Do let your guests know the dress code. If your event is "black tie" then it should be clearly noted at the bottom of the invitation. Wedding attire can range from laid-back beach threads to glamorous red carpet getups, so let your guests know from the beginning what kind of outfit they will need to shop for. There's not much worse than turning up in a lounge suit to a wedding that's morning dress or vice versa. Everybody will feel more comfortable if they're certain what they expect to wear.
  • Do address the envelope formally. That means that everyone's names should include their title and full name. Titles are important because they keep the tone formal.

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Don'ts

  • Don't include your wedding website on the invitations. If you have already made the choice to document your wedding on a personal website, it's okay to want to share it with your guests. However, the formal wedding invitation is not the place to include your website. Either include it in the save the dates, or just advertise it on your personal social media accounts.
  • Don't include registry information. This is a major don't because it is considered impolite. You don't want to come off like you are asking for gifts. Guests should be inclined to simply ask you or your bridal party which stores are registered at.
  • Don't invite everyone you've ever known. The size of the wedding can depend on many factors: the budget, the location, and your personal preference. Yet even if you choose to have a large ceremony, it's always necessary to edit your invitation list. It's unnecessary to invite that distant cousin that no one has spoken to in years. Focus on inviting the people that are nearest and dearest to your heart.
  • Don't choose a font that is illegible. Calligraphy is very popular in wedding stationary, and rightfully so because it usually looks beautiful. Be mindful when choosing your fonts though. Some script can be very difficult to read, especially in light colors. Remember that the invitation is all of the essential information, so it definitely needs to be legible.
  • Don't use labels for your guests' addresses. Yes, addressing envelopes by hand is a very tedious process but that's why there are professionals to help you out. Printed labels come off as lazy and inconsiderate, which is definitely not how you want your guests to feel. Consult your stationery designer first to see if they can also address your envelopes for you.

Featured image credit: Pineapple Paradise Wedding Invitations By Beacon Lane

Photos by Chudleigh Weddings, Kathryn McCrary Photography

The Best Ways to Save the Date for your Wedding!

The Best Ways to Save the Date for your Wedding!

It's hard to believe, but wedding season (June - September) - and summer - has come to an end. That being said, we're about to enter the hot zone of engagement season. Otherwise known as the holidays! Yay! Once the ole' chap drops to one knee and puts a ring on it and you finally set a "I do" date, what's next? Well letting your cherished guests know of course. Below are some of our favorite save the date ideas.

THE KOOZIE 

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Sure, it's a frat party staple but what says "get ready to get down" more than a koozie? Get your guests excited to help you celebrate with a cute, kitschy koozie that includes your names, the date (obviously) and a little moniker for the big day.

THE POSTCARD

POST CARD SAVE THE DATE

A simple, sophisticated and savvy way to save the date is to send your guest list save the date postcards. Get further milage out of your engagement photos by choosing your favorite and making it the centerpiece of your save the date. Wedding Paper Divas, Paperless Post and Minted all offer great options. And, here's a perk - postage is 11 cents less than for a letter! It adds up!

THE COASTER 

COASTER SAVE THE DATE

A coaster is a cute and clever way to let your friends & family know the date is set and the party is being planned! We've seen everything from wooden to cardboard coasters and no matter what material you choose it's sure to make an impact among your favorite people. We like the rustic, embossed version seen above!

THE MAGNET 

MAGNET SAVE THE DATE

Save the date magnets have been around for a while and it's probably because they work! It's a functional and fun way to help your inner circle count down to the big day. Pick a background that's important to you and your partner or choose a engagement picture (or one from the past!) and get ready to see your face on every fridge!

No matter what you decide - get your save the dates out at least 6 months in advance so that your guests can set aside the time to help you celebrate. Happy planning!

Should You Include 'And Guest' On Your Wedding Invitation?

Should You Include 'And Guest' On Your Wedding Invitation?

A classic yet modern way to announcing your wedding than with this French Vintage wedding Invitation by Minted.

You're making your wedding guest list and checking it twice and there are some on your list who are either single or possibly in relationships. Should you include "and guest" on the invitation?

You could, but you don't have to. If the person isn't married or in a serious relationship it is fine to send them a solo invitation. Now this is totally at the discretion of the couple and what size of wedding they are planning on having and more importantly what they can afford.

These days weddings can get super expensive and it is important to think of your wallet over what people might say or think about your choices for your wedding day.

Like other Minted invitations, the Daishiki Wedding Invitation and other designs are printed on luxe paper and available with matching accessories.

Some couple either want a smaller wedding or just can't afford to invite everyone with guests. It is just the way it is. Be prepared that once the invitations go out to the people on your list, your solo invitees may feel slighted. If this is the case, kindly explain to them that you simply can't invite everyone with a guest and that it is nothing personal.

Many people will know immediately that if the invitation doesn't say "and guest" on it, they were invited solo. Be prepared that some people may take it upon themselves to RSVP for two people, again you would need to explain to them you simply can't accommodate everyone.

Aquarelle wedding invitationA great Spring or Summer invitation - Aquarelle by Minted.

Also be prepared that some people may not attend the wedding at all because you didn't include "and guest" on the invitation. Don't worry! These are minor headaches during the wedding planning process.

If your small wedding or large wedding has a lot of people with guests, it is okay to send some of your solo friends and family members invitations with "and guest" on the invitation.

The Best Bridesmaid Invitations We've Seen

The Best Bridesmaid Invitations We've Seen

Finding the perfect way to say “Will you be my bridesmaid” has become more personal than ever these days. It is not just about picking up the phone and asking your girls, it is about really taking the time to tell them how much it would mean to you if some of the favorite people in your life were part of your wedding day.

Here are four of the best ways to ask your girls “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

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I love this DIY creative way to ask your maids to be part of your wedding day.

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I thought this was a fun way to ask your potential bridesmaids to be part of your wedding day. The box is strung with embroidery floss and the top of the boxes have the initials of each bridesmaid.

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In case your girls don't know what is expected of them for your wedding, this bridesmaid invitation is a cute way to ask them!

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We loved this one! He popped the question, now pop the question to your girls!

While this doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of ways you can pop the question to your bridesmaids and have them share in your special day, it will certainly make each and every one of them feel honored to be asked.

Now that you have asked your bridesmaids, it is time to look for dresses! Take a look at all the beautiful bridesmaid dresses that Dessy has this fall! Also, check out more ways to say Will You Be My Bridesmaid?,.

Ways to Ask - Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Today there are a ton of great ways you can ask your closest friends and family to be a bridesmaid. And girls today are getting creative!

When one my close friends asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, she went the sentimental route. She gave each of her girls a card and inside was a 5x7 picture collage of each of us with her through the years.

When my cousin asked me to be her maid of honor she took me out to dinner at a local restaurant. These are just two ways the bride can ask her girls to be part of her special day. Lately it seems brides are getting creative (thank you Pinterest!) with the ways they are asking their girls to be in their wedding.

This is a special time for the bride and while she may have her man, she will need her girls to stand behind her on her special day. Here are some really cute ways you can ask your girls to be part of your wedding.

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I loved this DIY idea! What a sweet way to ask "will you be my bridesmaid?" And who doesn't love cake?

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Click here to see how you can create this box for each of your girls

Creating this box that has some of her favorite things is such a cute way to ask your bridesmaid to be part of your wedding day. It's a great way to show each of them you have taken time and thought into who each of your girls are.

Something Turquoise Click here to see how to create this box for your girls!

Get the party started with your bridal party with this fun and personal DIY idea!

If you are looking for a little something to add to a card, or a special box you are making for your bridal party, I really liked the Crystal & Silver Stack Bracelet se by The Dessy Group. It's even a great bridesmaid gift idea!

A Date to Remember: Save The Date Announcements

A Date to Remember: Save The Date Announcements

You have set the date of your wedding and now it's time to tell everyone about it!   I came across these cute and memorable save the date announcements  that offer something different for couples. Guests will not only remember the wedding, but the tiny details as well.

 

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Pop up into the homes of your potential guests with this fun save the date announcement by StyleMePretty.com.  This is definitely a fun and whimsical way to tell guests when you plan to tie the knot.




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For the avid readers out there,  check out this DIY save the date bookmark by Wedding Friends.  It is a printable save the date that is perfect for book loving couples.

 

Savethdate-SomethingTurquoise- 2This save the date by Something Turquoise  will have guests counting down to the big day with the couple's Instagram photo. Couples can print the photo with Printstagram and order sticker books for only $10.  To see the full tutorial visit the Something Turquoise website.

 

ST_easily_embellished_save_the_dates - croppedThis unique save the date magnet featured on Something Turquoise  by Wedding Paper Divas is a great DIY idea for couples looking for something  simple and easy to tell the world about their wedding day.

Unique Save the Date Idea

Unique Save the Date Idea

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Always on the hunt for new and unique ideas for all things wedding, I was excited to come across this gem via Huffington Post. These unique save the date announcements are modeled after library checkout cards. The title of the "book" is "Save The Date," and the "authors" are "Matthew and Michelle." One column features important dates throughout their relationship, and the other explains the significant event that happened on that date.

The creative couple made the invites themselves using Photoshop and a $5 date stamp from Staples. Talk about economical! What do you think of this unique idea?

The PANTONE WEDDING™ Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

The PANTONE WEDDING™ Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

We are buzzing with excitement over here at Dessy! I'd like to introduce you to the most stylish way to ask your best friends to be your bridesmaids - The Pantone Wedding 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card'.

Our silhouette die-cut allows you to personalize the card with your wedding colors by choosing your PANTONE Wedding™ Chiplette. All your girls can use the chiplette (which matches the color of their dress) to have their dress color handy for choosing shoes and accessories for your big day. The cards come in over 170 colors and are blank inside so you can personalize them with your own message.

Pick your favorite card and ask your bridesmaids in style!

Super Mario Brothers Themed Wedding Invitation

Super Mario Brothers Themed Wedding Invitation

Always on the look out for unique wedding ideas, I was seriously giddy to come across these Super Mario Brothers themed wedding invitations by Larry T Quach's Art Blog. The attention to the littlest details are what really make these stand out. And I should know as I spent many intense hours playing Mario Brothers way back when - I remember sore thumbs and blurry vision. So, take my word for it, these are authentic!

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If you like these, you must click over to Larry T Quach's Art Blog to see the Super Mario themed wedding favors which are just as cool. Enjoy!