Have you been waiting for me to start talking wedding?! Well, here. I. go. As you can most painfully see, this blog is a work in progress. I am really grateful to At The Crossroads (ATC) for inspiring young people throughout San Francisco to take control of their lives and to make their dreams a reality. This blog may be small and cheesy, but it is something I've been wanting to do for a long time, and now thanks to ATC, I've done it!
Anyways, I'm hoping to make this blog into a more regular place for posting thoughts, dreams and all sorts of inspirations. I've been getting inspired by all the things it could do and be (hehe). But for starters, I'm excited that it's a great venue for me to share my wedding thoughts with you. and boy do I have a lot of them.
Viet are I just starting to seriously think about planning for the wedding. We are hoping to get married next Spring, but we haven't set a date yet. We still need to make some pretty big decisions first.
But one of the funnest decisions I have already made is deciding how to ask/acknowledge my Friends of Honor (my version of bridesmaids). Why friends of honor and not bridesmaids? I like the sound of it better (more of the honor and less of the maid).
I don't have sisters or female cousins my age, so my friends are like sisters to me. I have several friends that I've been close with since college and several friends that I've made since i've moved to San Francisco that have changed my life.
I made the new blog banner that you see above you in "honor" of them. Whew, I'm going to be using that word a lot this year! Can you spot the one where's waldo like photo I had to sneak in to finish up the mosaic? This was my first time making a banner mosaic like this (thank you gimp).
Allow me to introduce you to my Friends of Honor (and also to all the hairstyles I've had in the past few years). Some of these pics you will find up in the banner but some are new:
"Tino", matron of honor
Bradford, friend of honor
"BG" (newly married as of Saturday and on her way to Barbados right now!!!!), friend of honor
Melly, friend of honor
Lisa, friend of honor
Fanny, friend of honor
Shap, friend of honor
Kara, friend of honor
I love them all dearly, and I really wanted them to know how much I love them and how excited I am that they will be sharing this experience with me.
So, I thought and thought and thought about what I could do to show them love.
and I decided to make them a Friends of Honor kit.
I wanted them to know from the get go that they mean a lot to me and that I am grateful that they will be witnessing our commitment and celebrating this exciting time with me.
So, I did what a good Shari's daughter would do, and I made a list of all the cute
treasures I could give them.
I got some very cute monogrammed bags from the knot, and I filled them with lots of goodies. The kit included:
- a miniature bottle of bubbly (Rotari-my favorite)
- a glass wine charm
- "accessories" (candy necklace & wooden fan)
- sewing kit
- beauty mask
- beauty kit (brush/mirror compact, lip gloss, nail file)
- chocolate in a cue little glass jar
- Wedding/wedding party deets
I wrote cute little notes that I tied with ribbon to each item or group of items. For example, on the champagne I wrote "Cheers to you. Thanks for being an amazing friend." and on the beauty mask I wrote "To block out the bright lights of vegas" cuz that's where I'd like to go for my bachelorette and on the m&ms I wrote "Chocolate. Nuff said." 🙂
The Wedding deets were a envelope filled with some important details that I wanted them to know. This was inspired by Elise Blaha and my friend Stacy's interpretation as well. Like them, I had four areas: My Promises, Expectations, Attire and Contact Information (with bios and detailed contact info for all the FOH, my mom and the groom).
Mine were a bit longer than theirs, so I ended up putting them on normal copy paper with different color print. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the back of the envelopes, but I cut out a little window that had showed each of the four pages (it was cute. take my word for it).
Here's all the stuff laid out and ready to be bagged:
I have lots of crafty friends. I mean lots. Lisa, Fanny and Shap (just to name a few) are hella crafty. So they were my role models as I made the cards asking my girls to be (or thanking them for being) my friends of honor. I even used an embosser. (!)
Here's the finished product:
Then they were off. Three mailed: one headed to Austin, TX, one to Memphis, TN, one to Mobile, AL, and five to be handed out in person. This was such a fun first wedding project for me. It made me feel like things were really kicking off!