Post # 1
Hey bees! Yesterday I was with one of my BMs and she was asking me all of these questions and suggested that I send an email to my BMs every so often to update them, give them info etc etc. Well, I took it 1 step further and created a little newsletter that I plan on sending out periodically through email! 🙂 This way it is sent in a way they would actually read it and it still looks pretty! Let me know what you think! 😀
Post # 3
I think it’s great, if you don’t do it too often. I have sent one newsletter and it was before we all met to go dress shopping. I breifed them on colors, styles, themes, who’s in the party, the venue, date, ect.
I won’t send another one until it’s time to order dresses. I do send regular emails though. I just sent a mass email confirming the next date we are going shopping and asked what everyone felt comfortable spending.
I think a monthly newsletter would be overkill at this point with a year to go. (I was June 2012, but we moved it.)
Post # 4
This is a cute idea – but honestly, I would probably be freaked out if I got it. I think it’s way too formal, and kind of…intense. I think just sending your bridesmaids a casual email updating them, it would be more than sufficient and much less stuffy.
Edited to add: I think it’s a little bit pushy to tell them they should expect to spend 5 days with you for your wedding (on a holiday weekend). I don’t see why they couldn’t fly in on the day of the rehearsal dinner. Also, if people are your bridesmaids, shouldn’t they have already heard the story of your engagement? Not sure that needs to be in the newsletter, and the same goes for the ring. For the dress, I think just asking them to please order by a certain date is better than “BUY IT!!!!” I’m worried you are going to come off as a bridezilla and that more personalized things should be sent.
Post # 5
I just send FB messages because I know they check that. My girls would probably think I’m crazy for sending them a full blown newsletter but I do think thats cute!
Post # 6
I think it could be cute, but its not something I plan on doing. It’s a little too formal for me. I keep in touch with my BM’s regularly and I’ll just keep them updated on things as it gets closer.
Post # 7
I agree with casual emails, over newsletters. BMs really only need small amounts of info at a time and respond better to chatty emails than newsletter style updates
Post # 8
I think it’s cute, but I echo Miss Tattoo‘s advice not to overdo it.
Also, to be honest . . . I’d be kind of annoyed by the “all of you know the dress by now I would hope but I know that many of you have yet to buy it. You should probably do that at this time.” I can see myself reading this aloud to my husband, showing him the newsletter, and having a good little vent session.
Post # 9
@Miss Tattoo: Yea this is the first. I don’t send reg emails either. I kind of just wait until I am with a Bridesmaid or Best Man and ask what she thinks lol But then that puts me in the position of 1 Bridesmaid or Best Man having a lot of info and a Bridesmaid or Best Man that lives out of state has nada. I wanted a platform (and BMs requested) in which information was given to everyone. This way everyone was on an even playing field. I just wanted it to be pretty! lol Of course info will only be relevant to the BMs.. I am not going to tell them about crap they don’t care about lol
@MrsTVLover: …………………..freaked out? what you call stuffy..I call pretty. To each their own. My Bms appreciate the effort I put into things. Not only related to my wedding but in everything I do concerning them.
Post # 10
That’s fine – I am just trying to warn you that your letter comes off as kind of pretentious and bossy. If I was your bridesmaid and I got it I would really rethink the whole thing.
Post # 11
@stillme: annoyed? how come?
Post # 12
Oh, and I juse use Google Docs, so it’s nothing special or too formal. I blocked out the names of my bridal party. The newsletter I sent was just about who’s in the bridal party, what colors we had, the theme inspiration photo, the inspiration mockup of the bridal party from David’s Bridal, name of places and the times to meet on our dress appointment day, my new contact info, ect. All together, I will probably only send out 3 of the actual newsletters and then just several emails about meeting and what not. Email is best for us because not everyone can text all day and 3 of them aren’t even active on Facebook.
Post # 13
It’s cute if you keep it brief, i.e. to the bridesmaid business, and don’t send a weekly or even monthly update. The majority of your example newsletter is about you and bridesmaids unrelated wedding planning, while the bridesmaid stuff is at the bottom like an afterthought. I think that would annoy me a bit. I’m sure your girls want to hear your proposal story or see the ring in person, not through a newsletter.
Post # 14
@MrsTVLover: My BMs are not stuck up, they are very sweet girls. I am sure they will love it. Already got a couple texts about it– rave reviews. 🙂
Post # 15
It’s too small for me to read the text very well, but overall, I think it’s cute and pretty. As long as you’re tactful in the delivery, I don’t see a problem.
Post # 16
It’s cute. I would not send a monthly one tho.