When to ask her?
Always choose to send out the invitations once the wedding date and location have been finalized. This way, your bridesmaid will have enough time to make her decision.
Gone are the days when a luncheon or an email were the basic means to ask your best gals to be your bridesmaids. Today, being creative has a whole new meaning as the brides-to-be are searching for new and unique ideas. Once he pops the question, the next logical step is to gather your girlfriends and ask them to be an integral part of your bridal party. And we've got some amazing ideas that will leave them speechless.
10 Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas
If you want to be dramatic, and memorable with your proposal, we've got it covered. Here are a few creative ways to propose to your bridesmaids, and make them count.
Yes, we mentioned that cards are a cliché, but sometimes, it can work if you put a little spin on it; and we thought of getting it out of the way straightaway. There are many websites that provide a wide range of personalized cards. So, if you're short on time, or can't meet your possible bridesmaids personally, these cards can be quite handy. All you've got to do is select the design, colors, and text for the card, fill in any other details you like, and place the order. Your invitations will be sent out as soon as your order is ready. And then, you wait for the response.
Ask for a camera savvy friend to help you out with this idea. Get a chalkboard and write, "Will you be my bridesmaid?" on it, and take pictures of yourself in the manner provided above. Print the pictures, cut with scissors, and glue them on a piece of folded paper (like an accordion). Send these out, or place it inside a box and present it to them personally. It truly is an amazing idea, and she's going to smile the entire time.
You don't necessarily have to bake these cookies yourself. If baking isn't your thing, visit a bakery shop, and place the order. Ask if they have any novelty cookies (you can give cupcakes, cakes, or even macarons), and write "Be my maid?", "Be my bridesmaid?", or any other customized message with colorful icing. Give these to your bridesmaids, and see how it lights up their faces.
Many times, some brides-to-be like to take charge of everything; which can be troublesome for the bridesmaids. But you're not going to do that, right? In fact, you want to involve your bridesmaids as much as possible, and give them the authority to pick the color, fabric, and style of dress. So, why not put that in your invitation to them? It'll be a surprising, yet fun way to ask them, don't you think?
Message in a Bottle Proposal
This invitation kills two birds with one stone―revelation of a beach wedding, and a proposal to your bridesmaids. Write the proposal on a piece of parchment paper, and place it inside a bottle with a few shells and twigs. Present your invitation to the girls when you're ready to pop the question.
Nail Polish Proposal
You can include more items in your invitation; it doesn't have to be only nail polish. You can make a mini proposal pouch as well, with miniature-size lip gloss, sunscreen, face wash, etc.; it'll be like her very own travel pouch for the wedding. Plus, don't forget to slip in a card or a tag with your proposal on it.
Photo Frame Keepsake Proposal
You can make this invitation on your own. First, get a few picture frames (depending on the number of friends you're planning on asking) and some magazines. Now, cut out the letters and place them according to the example we've given above. Gift wrap the photo frames and gives these to them. Wait till they unwrap the proposal; it's going to be awesome.
Monogrammed Shot Glass Proposal
For every bridesmaid, get a shot glass monogrammed and give it to her. These color-coordinated shot glasses work as an invitation, and a pre-gift before the wedding. Make sure to write your proposal on a card while you give them the invitation. Apart from the shot glasses, you can try this idea on wine glasses and champagne flutes as well.
Tote Bag Proposal
To prepare this invitation, you can either place an order online, or visit a craft store that sell customized tote bags. All you need to do is choose the style, color, and number of the tote bag, finalize a design, and give them the exact text to be printed on it. Once the bags are ready, meet with the bridesmaids and pop the question.
Wine Bottle Proposal
There are so many ways to customize a wine bottle for your proposal. Here, we've provided three different ideas to choose from. Again, browse a few gift websites where you can purchase these amazing customized wine bottles that will have the message on it. You will need to provide the names of bridesmaids, your name along with the wedding date and location; and they'll take care of the rest. You can try this idea with bottles of limoncello, beer, soda pop, and champagne.
These ideas aren't limited to bridesmaids alone; you can send either of these invitations to a close friend or a family member, and ask her if she'd like to be your maid of honor. The invitations are definitely fun, but thoughtful as well. You can also choose to hand deliver them, or mail them to those who live far away. And, if the wedding date and location has not been finalized, be sure to let her know as soon as possible.