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DIY: Will You Be My Senorita (Bridesmaid) Invitations w/Tutorial & Template!

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Hi Ladies,

 

 

I just finished some of my invitations to my ladies and I am really proud of how they came out. Figured I'd share with you gals and see your thoughts?

 

I knew that I wanted to ask my girls to be in my wedding in a special and memorable way. I struggled between doing something with photos and making a card…so in the end, I decided to do both! My Inspiration for some of the wording came from the link below:

 

http://destinationinspirations.com/2010/09/30/etsy-find-green-card-designs-bm-moh-cards/

 

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Early on, I purchased turquoise silk boxes from another BDW Bride “DawnBuckley†who had actually purchased them from “Boston Bride 2009â€. I had no idea what I was going to use them for, but I loved them anyways. 

 

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**Photo from Boston Bride 2009**

 

After many ‘trial and errors†I came up with my invitation idea. I decided to make a booklet invite that contained a personalized letter to each lady. Then there was a “Will You Be My Senorita†section. I then included a poem that Bride “SMBride42012†had posted here: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/30208/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-ideas/10 

 

Each of the sections had a photo of me with them. 

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I created a template in Excel. (Took many tries and wasted sheets of copy paper). Then I just copied the template onto sheets within the workbook and customized the pages for each girl. I have an amazing HP printer we bought last year...GREAT purchase. I printed the template double sided. Then folded the paper lengthwise…

 
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Then widthwise…  
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  I used my paper cutter to cut the page in half (widthwise) ...  
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Then I was lazy again and used double sided tape to 'bind' the two pages together.

 

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More Below...

 

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Senorita Cards

 

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I made these cards using the scrap paper that I cut in half lengthwise. Then I folded them widthwise. For the plain cards, I painstakingly cut out motifs from other scrap paper to spruce them up…

From then on it was just a matter of adding the sticker letters and rhinestones. 

 

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All of this was then placed in a kraft box that was lined with gold tissue paper and then had a flower and tea light candle placed on tip. I made “gift tags†out of the leftover scrap paper.

 

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I went a lil nuts with the purchases but I was able to use coupons and discount codes for most of them...

 

 

Items

Turquoise Silk Boxes - purchased from another BDW Bride "Dawn".

Handmade (India) Paper – Michaels $1.00 each + 40% off

Kraft boxes - Michaels about $2.00 each (great find)

Rhinestone Borders, Jewels & Letters – Michaels $1.00 each + 40% off

Scrap paper (DCWV Royal Garden stack) - JoAnn's

Fake flowers - JoAnn's

Tealight candle - Ikea (these smell so yummy and scented the box)

Gold Tissue paper - Party City (only b/c I was too lazy to go to 99cents store..however I did love the metallic tissue paper)

'Raffia' string - Party City $2.99

Excel Program

Papercutter - My own previously purchased from Staples for probably $20 give or take.

Honey Script Font - Downloaded from dafont.com

 

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To be as helpful as possible, I am uploading a sample template. I changed the font to Century Gothic so that you would not run into any issues when it cam to opening the spreadsheet. I typed in Page numbers in orange that way you would have an idea of where the info would be once printed and cut. Please remove before you print. Feel free to change colors, font and wording. Hope this helps someone…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page Setup:

Orientation - Portrait

Top Margin - 0"

Bottom Margin - 0"

Left Margin - 0"

Right Margin - 0"

Header & Footer - .5"

Row Height - 5"

Column Width – Columns A & C: 3.9", Column B: .19" (gutter for fold and binding area)

 

I am so happy with them and I can't wait to present them to my girls.

 

~ Edna

 

Senorita Bridesmaid Template.xls

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EXTRA PICS OF THE FINAL PRODUCT & MATERIALS USED

 

 

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WILL YOU BE MY SENORITA "DUTIES"

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PRACTICE SHEET VS. FINAL SHEET

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CUTTING THE SCRAP PAPER IN HALF

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EMBELLISHMENTS

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SCRAP PAPER USED FOR GIFT TAGS

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GIFT TAGS

 

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BACK COVER BEFORE I ADDED THE RHINESTONES

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Wow, they loook amazing!!

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