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  1. You’ve just got engaged and you’re floating on cloud nine.  You can’t stop looking at your ring and you’re feeling euphoric.  After a few weeks, the reality of getting married sinks in and the feeling of euphoria turns to a feeling of being overwhelmed.

    That’s when you start thinking about your bridal party and groomsmen.  Over the years you will have come across people that you just know you want to be involved in your wedding, it may be a best friend from when you were five, your sister, your brother, an aunt or the man on the moon.  

    Will You Be My Best Man Postcard

    The next thing to think about is how to ask them “Will you be my bridesmaid?” “Will you be my maid of honour?” “Will you be my best man?”, and do you want to make it a special moment?

    When I got engaged, I knew who my bridesmaids were going to be and I invited them both round for dinner. They’d never met before, so I wanted them to meet each other first before being thrown together in the thick of things.  I decorated the dining the room with lots of sparkly hearts, flowers and candle light.  Then I took them into the room and asked them if they’d be my bridesmaids.  It was a really special moment for all of us and it’s a lovely memory to look back on.

    Will You Be My Bridesmaid Postcard

    My husband took his best friend to the pub, said “Will you be my best man?” to which the reply was “Yeah alright then” and they were done, and went on to talk about cricket.  Whereas me and my girls talked all evening about all things wedding.

    It’s a big thing to do, these guys and girls are going to be by your side throughout the whole wedding planning process, the Hen & Stag Do’s and the actual wedding itself.  So pick wisely, pick people that you can rely on, that won’t let you down, and won’t pull out when things get tough.  Pick people that are as excited about your wedding as you are. 

    Will You Be My Maid of Honour Postcard

    My bridesmaids were amazing, they threw themselves right into their roles, one of them came with us on venue viewings and asked questions I would never have thought of, the other was brilliant at being honest when it came to choosing my wedding dress.  They never moaned or grumbled (well not to my face anyway!) about doing things with me, they just did it. 

    I didn’t really know the Best Man, but he did a great job of looking after the groom and taking care of our guests throughout the day.  Our ushers were fantastic at herding the guests to the right places.

    Girlfriend Will You be my Bridesmaid Postcard

    Choose wisely, have fun, make memories and be nice to your guys and girls, they want you to have the best day. Remember this is your wedding and not theirs and they can’t be at all the appointments and take up every weekend to help you wedding plan, that doesn’t mean they’re not committed to their roles.

    So just think before you ask, ‘will you be……?’

    A Bride Needs her Sister Will You be my Maid of Honour Postcard

  2. I can remember back in the day when I used to visit my local shops, the shopkeepers always remembered my name, no matter how infrequent my visits and it made me feel really special.  I was made to feel like I was their most important customer.  In fact, I once went on holiday to the Maldives and loved it so much I went back the following year, not only did the staff remember my name, but the bartender even remembered what my favourite drink was (although I probably should be more concerned than impressed)!

    Pocketfold Invitation

     Nowadays when I visit a shop, nine times out of ten the shop assistant does not acknowledge me, they are either talking to their friend on the next till or don’t even look up whilst serving me.  It’s no wonder I’m a huge fan of online shopping.  However, I really do like the personal touch, even if it’s just a “Can I help you with anything today, madam?” when I walk into a shop. 

    Place Name Cards

    The fact is, we all like being made to feel special and that shouldn’t be confined to shops.  Wouldn’t you like to see your name on a parking space in the car park, or a table at your favourite restaurant with your surname on a plaque?  These little touches go a long way, it’s not always the grand gestures that are the best ones, and it’s the little things that matter.

    Make your guests feel this special with all your stationery items.  Have their names printed in your wedding invitations instead of writing them in, make sure you find out the full names of any plus one guests you have going, make them feel like you want them there.

    Place Name Cards

    Ensure all place cards and the seating plan contain both the first name and surname, you don’t want the wrong Dave sitting at the wrong table.  Not only does it make life easier for your guests, it makes them feel that you’ve thought about them.  If you don’t find out the full names of all your guests, ask yourself why you’re inviting them in the first place.  The room should be filled with people you love and who love and support you. They will have made the effort to book hotels, chose the perfect gift and bought the right outfit, so show them they’re wanted, make it personal.  

    Place Name Cards