Post # 1
I have a bunch of DIY projects I would like to do for the wedding. I also plan on getting them all done myself… but I definitely wouldn’t mind help if it were given. I’ve got several very crafty friends who have already offered to help, and a few more who I think would be willing if asked.
In order to make sure it all gets done, I’d like to host a few DIY weekends over the next few months. Basically, I’d invite over my friends for pizza/sandwiches/snacks/other easy-to-prepare foods, put some bad zombie movies or something on the TV, and then we could all hang out while we make stuff.
That being said, I know that my wedding is not first priority for my bridesmaids and other friends – nor should it be. If they can’t make it to a craft weekend, then I totally understand, and I definitely wouldn’t hold it against them. There are a million better things in the world for them to be doing than helping me tie bows and play with paper mache.
I’d like to send out a Facebook invite for the first one next month. Would you please give me some suggestions on the wording you would use? I want to make absolutely sure that my maids don’t feel pressured into coming. I could use your suggestions. Help me, Hive!
Post # 3
I think that’s a great idea- but I wouldn’t make it a Facebook invite… I’d probably just call them.
Post # 4
Oops 🙂 hit enter too soon, ha!
If you call them, they can get that it’s a little more casual than a FBthing may be. And whoever comes, comes – and if no one can make it, you’ve got pizza and time to work alone.
Post # 5
I would call them.. Or if they’re like our group txt them.
It doesn’t need to be done all formal or anything.. just a Hey.. I thought it’d be fun to get together.. have some “craft” time… pizza, snacks, & movies at my place this weekend.. or whenever you plan on it
I have some friends that LOVE crafts and they really enjoyed the day we did.
Best reminder…… Do have a set expectation of what all you want to get done. Generally craft projects take longer than expected and of course you’re going to be visiting. Enjoy the time and enjoy the help.. as little or as much as you get 😉
Post # 6
I think that would be so much fun! I agree, don’t create a FB invite or any other kind of invite. That makes it seem official. Just call and invite the people who have offered and maybe casually mention it to other people you want to invite. If you go down the Bridesmaid or Best Man list it might seem like an official duty/responsibility. Maybe if you invite all BMs you can say they don’t HAVE TO help with the DIY projects. Not everyone enjoys or is even good at crafts.
Post # 7
Huh. I was thinking Facebook because I thought it would be the most casual option, but I guess I’ll call people instead. Thanks for the advice!
How many of these weekends would be too many, do you think?
Post # 8
are all your maids/friends very local? like within 15-20 min driving time? personally, if i lived close, i’d be up for 1 a month or so. I love popping in movies and getting crafty. But then again, i don’t do much on the weekends other than movies and crafts so, it would just be the same thing at someone elses house, haha.
Post # 9
i had one of these too! make sure everything is organized though. i had to fdrag everyone with me to the stores to pick stuff up. if you can gather everything before hand and seperate them into groups and show them each project they can focuse on thair project and get more done.
Post # 10
I’d add, also make sure that you know how to do all the crafts and can show a few samples at different stages of the completion. Make sure you can explain how to do them, and what you expect.
Also (though I am sure you will anyway) know that you are not getting professional crafters, and they may not be perfect or even as good as you can do yourself.
Post # 11
Maybe just call them or if there is a large group txt them? It would be heaps of fun so I’m sure most of them would come and love to help!
Post # 12
@Lee_Ann: Three are local, and one is local when she’s not off at school. The last two are not at all local, and I wouldn’t ever in a million years expect them to show up.
@cr6zy: Good point. Thanks for the tip!
@andielovesj: Another good point! And yeah, I don’t expect professional stuff from them. As long as it will work, that’s good enough. I’ll leave the things that I want done PERFECTLY for myself or for the friends who really can do that sort of work.
Anyway, I went bridesmaid dress shopping with three of them today (two of the local ones plus the part-time local one) and mentioned the idea. One of them is totally down for it and immediately wanted to know where and when. The other local one said it sounded like fun and she would be down for a couple. The part-time local one made a bit of a face and said she might come to one. Honestly, that’s about the reaction that I expected from each of them, so I’m excited. Thank you all for your tips!