Groom’s Crew: Great Ways to Ask Groomsmen to the Wedding Party


Asking the gents to be a part of the wedding party is a great excuse for the groom to get involved. Here are some ideas to get the one-time wingmen to accompany the groom down the aisle on one of the most important days of his life.

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Fill out the bar with a bottle of something good and gift it with these printable chalkboard labels. We suggest botanical bitters for the perfect cocktail or a bottle of his favorite scotch.

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Punny men will like this polite request the groom must ask. A crafty project for the groom-to-be to take on including a flask, cake pops and more. Instructions at Elizabeth Doodah.

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“POP” the question with gourmet popcorn perfect for that amazing home theatre set-up he has and a include copy of a classic groomsman comedy, like The Hangover.

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Cigars are a popular gift, and not only are these a stylish way to present them to the groomsmen, it’s a pretty simple DIY project, too. Photo + Design: Corinne Alexandra

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Another cigar-centric gift, this DIY project is a great one for the guys, including a list of the tasks expected of a groomsman and details on the wedding day. Instructions and project designed by Saffron Avenue. Photos: Photographs By Jenna Leigh

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Ask in a casual way, with beers around the BBQ. Add these custom labels (self adhesive!) and the bottle will do the talking for you. (Also available for Fireball, tequila and more.)

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Black tie, cigar and bourbon…what more do you need to pop the question? Learn more about this simple DIY project from The Blissful Brunette.

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These are actually FBI-inspired wedding invitations, but these “secret files” would make great groomsmen request cards with a gift.

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Creative, Cute Ways to Ask Your Girls to be Bridesmaids


Popping the question isn’t just for engagements!  Asking your besties to stand by your side is a special recognition of your friendship.  Show your girls just how much they mean to you by creating something just for them.  Be unique, be creative, be you.  And let the wedding fun begin!

 

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Start with the stationery. These beautiful watercolor-style cards from The First Snow come with custom options for hair color and dress style, as well as different wording for maid of honor, flower girl and more. Perfectly pretty!

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Not only are these 3-D pop-up cards bright and fun, the puns complete the package. Include a cute necklace charm and a little candy for a sweet, charming way to ask your bridesmaids to join you. Instructions and DIY at Project Wedding.

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What better way to ask your bridesmaids to join you on your wedding day than with a delicate midi-ring with a tiny knot? These ones from Erica Weiner are very feminine, great for everyday wear and come in silver, rose or yellow gold.

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Provide the excuse to celebrate with you by gifting a vintage Champagne flute and mini bottle of bubbly to celebrate, all packaged in a too perfect heart-shaped box. An easy DIY project at Green Wedding Shoes. Planning a destination wedding? Swap out the box for a miniature suitcase!

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Include a pretty polish (perhaps in the wedding palette you are pondering) like these request cards from Creative with a K.

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This DIY project is a lovely way to (literally) pop the question! A whimsical balloon in a box is popped by the recipient with a super special request and a sprinkle of sparkle inside. Instructions and details on how to make this at Quiet Like Horses.

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A pink paper anemone tops this pretty box packed with momentos and adorable gifts, making the perfect bridesmaid proposal present. Tutorial and instructions on how to make this yourself at Frog Prince Paperie.

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Nothing sweeter than a little treat to pop the question, like these cupcakes in a jar. Free printable and instructional how-to at Marry This.

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DIY Style: Wishing Tree


I love creative alternatives to the standard wedding guest book, and the “Wishing Tree” could possibly be the most stylish I’ve seen yet. It is reasonably easy to assemble, can be customized to match your wedding colors and theme and serves as a lovely centerpiece on an entrance table at the wedding or reception. Here are the instructions for adding this piece of stunning decor to your wedding style.

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Step 1 Gather Branches

Although you certainly can go in your backyard and search for suitable wood to create your tree, most “Wishing Trees” are made from a special type of branch called manzanita.  Purchasing the wood will add to the cost of your project, but you are guaranteed a studier, more polished end result. You can buy these branches online for under $10 per branch. Suppliers such as Blooms & Branches offer a wide variety of colors.

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Step 2 Choose your décor

What do you want your finished tree to look like? Some options for decorating include stringing crystal beads or lights from the branches as well as spray-painting the branches to match wedding colors. You may want to consider decorating the tree and/or display table with flowers, ribbon, or tulle and pictures of the bride and groom. You can also hang small votives from the branches for a beautiful effect.

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You also need to choose your container. You will need two large hurricane glass vases or small plant containers found at local garden centers. Be creative, as long as the container is sturdy, you can think outside (or in!) the box. The bride featured here (below) used a box adorned with ribbon, and decorated with fresh flowers at the base.

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Step 3 Assemble Branches

There are a couple of different ways to do this, here is just one option. Insert floral foam in the bottom of the vases. Use foam to arrange branches, using about 4 branches per container. Fill containers with moss or glass beads to hide foam. Test branches for sturdiness, especially if you are going to be hanging anything heavier than small enclosure cards.

Step 4 Design Cards

You can use small blank business cards or order enclosure cards from a stationary store.  Some online retailers sell cards specifically designed for wishing trees. (Online retailer is Ginger Designs offers custom “wish cards”) Use a hole-punch to create a small opening at one end. String thin ribbon through the hole and tie using a simple knot.

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Step 5 Set-Up Display Table

Pull it all together by choosing a central spot for your Wishing Tree. Make sure guests will pass by the table when they arrive at your reception. Use a pretty tablecloth in coordinating colors and decorate with photos and flowers. Now your ready to show off your beautiful centerpiece Tree! Use two small trays (I like silver) to lay out cards. Make sure to provide plenty of pens. Print off instructions for guests and stand them on a small easel or enclose in a pretty picture frame.  Click here for suggested wording.

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This is a fun, creative DIY wedding project that won’t break the bank or take all your free time to complete. The best part is the small treasures left by your guests who fill out the cards. Unlike a simple signature in a guest book, these words of wisdom on love and life will be a gift that lasts forever.

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Do-able DIY: Bath Salt Favors


Destination weddings are so much fun this time of year, especially when the weather turns chilly in many cities, and guests look forward to traveling to a warmer locale. Homemade bath salts make a lovely wedding or bridesmaids favor, especially if your guests will have some down time to relax back in their hotel room. This little gift is easy to assemble and super budget friendly, and you can make it personal by coordinating the packaging with your wedding colors.

Here’s a simple recipe for bath salts:

  • 1 cup rock/sea salt
  • 1 cup epsom salts
  • 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
  • about 15 drops of essential oil of your choice, such as lavender, rose, vanilla, citrus or peppermint (adjust accordingly to your preference. Be careful to avoid getting undiluted essential oils in contact with your skin as this may result in a skin reaction in some people)

Mix together the salts in a metal or glass mixing bowl. Sift in the bi-carbonate of soda and stir with a metal spoon to combine. Add your essential oil of choice, and mix salts together thoroughly.

At this point you can also add dried flower petals or herbs (such as dried lavender or rose petals). Some people also like to add food coloring, which will result in a colored bath. If using liquid food dyes, just add a few drops until you achieve the desired color.

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Fill small mason jars with bath salts (left) and decoupage the top with your favorite patterned paper. (Click here for simple decoupage instructions.)  Then secure a small wooden scoop to the top using pretty ribbon. Or, fill small lidded jars with salts, and decorate with personalized labels with your name, wedding date and thank you sentiments.

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Here’s another cute packaging idea….funnel salts in to small glass jars (available at local craft stores or online at Save-On). Hang personalized labels (click here for another label source) from thin string for a delicate look.

Bath salts also make a nice addition to hotel welcome gift baskets. Don’t forget to save some for yourself. A relaxing bath the night before your wedding may be just what you need to wake up feeling ready for your big day!

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