Post # 1
I don’t know how to word this…sorry for the awkward posting title. 🙂
After reading some unique ideas on the forum about how to approach the brooch situation, I came up with a lovely way to ask people who I was very close to for brooches for my bouquet (with personalized cards). The response was overwhelmingly positive.
Now, I have the pleasure of the receiving them all at my engagement party this Saturday.
What is a good way to do this? We are not receiving gifts at our party so this is the only this people are bringing.
I’ve thought of a table for them, but that’s awkward if they’re unwrapped. FW says let them pin them on me, but that adds more time that the venue isn’t booked for.
Post # 3
@hermrs: can you get a floral foam boquet form and have them pin them into that and create a ‘mock up’ of your boquet?
Post # 4
Do the table! Have pens and notecards with holes punched in them available, so everyone who brought a brooch can write you a note and attach the brooch to it.
Nevermind – i re-read and you asked for notes! Maybe have a pen and cards just in case someone forgets.
You can be a little elaborate with decorating the table, so that everyone who brings one knows that their gifts are very special to you.
It would also be fun for your guests to see and ooh & aah over all the other brooches you receive!
I think it makes them special to display them lovingly before you make the actual bouquet – that way it seems less of a “gotta get this bouquet done!” mentality (not that you have that).
This has the added benefit of identifying which brooch came from who – you can take photos of each card with the brooch and be able to identify them later (especially if some are “borrowed”). Otherwise you may have to remove the note and you could lose track of your gifts! 🙁
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: this sounds awesome
@CakeyP: thanks so much! I’ll combine both of your ideas: a well decorated table with cards for them to “tag” a note on their brooch before they pin it to the foam bouquet…
my letter was titled “something old, something new, something borrowed, something…brooch…”