Remember when Beth talked about big production proposals when she popped the question? Now she's here to show us the crafty pirate-y way she proposed to her “wedding crew.”
I know most people just ask their wedding party by phone or whenever they see them next. But since my partner and I share our friends, and I'm just as likely to hang with the guys as he is to grab a drink with the gals, it seemed really strange to divide up our pals by gender.
So, instead of bridesmaids or groomsmen we're having a Wedding Crew. Which, seeing as how 90% of us met via our Pirate Kickball League (underground/rebel pirate more than “yaaar!” pirate) we thought it was fitting to go with the pirate theme for this little project.
Plus, you know… rum.
Items used for the proposal gifts:
- Computer and printer
- Scrap (or new) paper with a nice texture and natural color
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Glue or double sided tape
- Hole punch
- Natural style string, yarn or twine
- Bottles of BOOZE!
How to make these:
Start by designing your tags. I set mine up so that the front and back faced toward where I would fold the paper in half. This way each side would be right-side up once folded in half. On the front I put a little pirate inspired sea shanty which is the proposal, and on the back is the “Captain's Creed.” It outlines a few promises that we make to our crew if they accept the invitation — basically that we will try out hardest to be respectful of their time, energy and money. I think that can be a big worry for anyone who's being asked to fulfill a role in a wedding party.
Use glue or double sided tape on the back side of one half of your tags. I use a nifty crafting doo-dad that looks like a white-out wheel but instead dispenses as sort of double sided sticky strip. You can pick them up in just about any crafting aisle, school supply area, or scrapbooking section.
Fold your tags in half and press firmly. If you miscalculated and the two side don't quite match up you can trim the bit that hangs out or just say “fuck it” and move on. Remember, it's going to be attached to booze so nobody is going to care about a shoddy glue job.
Next, grab your handy hole punch. I have both the old school kind shown here where you use a hammer to tap the punch through the paper and a hand held chomper kind called a Crop-a-dial. Scrapbookers have the most awesome little gadgets that come in handy for all the weird projects I end up making!
A note about going this route for “proposing” to your wedding party:
I'm not sure if it's receiving a gift, or being proposed to, or the idea of a joint wedding party that was confusing… but when I gave these bottles to our friends, I'm pretty sure every single one of them looked at me after reading the tag and said, “Ooooh cooool! What does this mean?” So you'll probably have to clarify the situation.
Plus, because you're taking away the defined roles that innumerable books and blog posts have set forth about the expectations of certain party members (the maid of honor and best man taking the lead) you'll need to be sure that you're really good at communicating what you want or need from your Wedding Crew. And communicate a lot both leading up to the big day AND about who should be doing what at the wedding.
Hope this inspires you to do something fun for your crew if you have the time and the desire to do so!