Extra Special Bridesmaid Invitations Inspired by the Forest

Planning a wedding during the age of Pinterest boards, countless blogs, and yes, even those Buzzfeed lists, can get overwhelming. There are so many options and so many expectations! My fiance and I got engaged last November and we’re realizing how crucial it is to remember that #1: it’s okay to take the unconventional route, and #2: we’re preparing for our marriage, and not just our wedding.

As we were plowing through our intimidating to-do list, we recently checked off a big one: asking our bridal party to be a part of the big day. After scouring high and low for creative bridesmaid invitations, I decided to put together something a little different, personalized with recurring details that will be in the wedding. I took inspiration from our ceremony venue, a gorgeous redwood grove in Oakland, as redwoods have special meaning for my fiancé and I (it’s where he proposed! More on that here).

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While putting together these invites, I felt increasingly more grateful that these friends of mine would journey with me on this crazy wedding planning journey, but more importantly, continue to support and love me as I enter into married life. So, with the beautiful redwoods as my cue, I set out to create a mini “Forest in a Box” invite for my dearest lady friends. I…

  • Hand-painted names on these wood slice tags
  • Made tiny felt flags
  • Incorporated gold paperclips
  • Used foraged moss as the base (no trees were harmed!)
  • Finished it off with dried flowers

I designed the invitation to be reminiscent of old Polaroids, added in pops of my favorite color, and had fun putting a quirky spin on some traditional bridesmaid duties.

I also created a pamphlet of sorts, introducing each of the bridesmaids in the party with fun facts as a mini-ice breaker.

And here’s everything put together! I wanted to create something special for these incredibly special friends of mine, and I hope it got them excited about traipsing around a forest in heels! Kidding, no heels required.

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And for you, I’m excited to offer this amazing prize pack of some of our favorite bridesmaid gift picks! Comment below for a chance to win. Tell us, what part about a wedding makes you the most excited? So far, my favorite part of wedding planning has been designing these invites and putting together these boxes for my closest friends, and am so thrilled to be in the planning process with them.

Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Jennifer W.! 

And if you’re also in the wedding-planning boat, don’t miss our previous post on how you can conduct a personalized ceremony! More here.

Irene Kim Shepherd

Assoc. Manager of Visual Content at Chronicle Books, photographer, and overall aesthete. See more of her work at
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  • Jennifer Wygand January 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I just finished making boxes for my bridal party as well, and really enjoyed coming up with the contents (mine were ‘wedding pun’ themed). Aside from that, I’m most excited about adding special touches to the day… signature drinks, funny photo props, etc. and hopefully staying sane during the process!


  • Kate Moran January 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    What a thoughtful and lovely bridesmaids box! I love putting together the wedding album. I haven’t been part of many weddings, but I love gathering the photos from friends and family and designing a unique album for the couple.


  • Bayle January 27, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Thoughtful and meaningful party favors make me pretty excited. I especially love handmade favors and if it includes a tasty treat like homemade beer or preserves then that’s even better.


  • Anke January 28, 2015 at 5:38 am

    These boxes are truly fantastic! Did you send them through the mail?
    My favourite part of a wedding is people watching. Seeing a Mum’s face when her daughter sais I do. Watching the look on the bride’s face during the groom’s speech – all the feelz!


  • kelli January 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I love the party! It’s great to see everyone gathering for such a happy occasion!


  • Elizabeth Goetz January 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

    My sister is getting married this autumn and I am her one and only bridesmaid! I think my favorite part of a wedding is watching the groom’s face when he sees the bride coming down the aisle. PRICELESS.


  • Emily January 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    These invites are too good! I love it! As a wedding-goer, I cannot wait to bust out the moves and dance the night away. As a bride-to-be, I love to make handmade, corny, pun-filled, cards for my love to surprise him throughout the planning stages.


  • tina January 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Anything that we make for the wedding!


  • Jackie January 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    My wedding was 45 years ago. and I think the part I enjoyed most was sitting down and planning everything with my then fiancé. We were in 2 different states and the time we had together planning the whole thing was wonderful.
    Now I am planning for my 50th wedding anniversary. I would like to repeat our vows but most of the family is gone, Will have to see if 2 of the girls I asked to be bridesmaids then will be able to come this time One was there one was not able to come.


  • Jackie H. January 31, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    A few of my dearest friends are getting married this year and it’s such an exiting time!

    One of my favorite parts of a wedding is watching a father walk his daughter down the aisle. The hand-off at the alter is so symbolic and deeply felt.


  • Tina February 2, 2015 at 8:30 am

    What a thoughtful bridesmaid gift!

    I am getting married in May 2015 and I am excited to have our family and closest friends together in one place. And for a really good dance party!


  • Connie C February 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Love the box idea! I love that weddings are a chance to share love with friends and family. 🙂


  • Niki February 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Ah… wedding season is indeed fast approaching. For me, I think my favorite part of the wedding is the first look. I love the reactions! Even the audience anticipates that famous groom’s first glimpse of the bride so their reactions are so much fun to watch as well.


  • Margaret February 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

    The aspect of our wedding that has been my favorite is just thinking about how much love we’ve been surrounded by and being able to celebrate with everyone!


  • Mystry February 8, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Seeing what the bride’s dress looks like! (:


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