From a new ring to the endless possibilities of wedding planning, getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in a person’s life. Who wouldn’t want to share such a momentous occasion with their best gals?
After all, they have been with you through thick and thin, know you on a personal level, and always have your best interests at heart. It’s only natural that you would also want them to be involved and stand by you on your big day.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and stressful, and it helps to have the emotional support of your favorite people in the world. You’ll surely appreciate having them around to bounce ideas off and help ensure everything goes smoothly when you and your partner say “I do!”
Newly engaged brides often wonder how small or big their squad should be. Fortunately, there’s no hard rule! On average, most brides choose to have four or five bridesmaids, but the decision is completely up to you.
One of the more important factors to consider when finalizing the count is the scale of your event. If you are having an intimate celebration, you might want to limit the number of bridesmaids by your side. But, if you and your partner plan to have a grand wedding with hundreds of guests in attendance, you may consider a larger number.
It’s also common for couples to pair their groomsmen with their bridesmaids for the processional. While not required, you’ll need to consider your groomsmen count if you prefer to have a symmetrical wedding party.
Once you have ironed out the details and chosen your best group of girls, it’s time to pop the question to them! Similar to a marriage proposal, a bridesmaid proposal should also come with a tangible, thoughtful gift to show your tribe how important they are in your life and just how much you value their support.
The rule of thumb is to ask friends to be your bridesmaids no more than two months after getting engaged, or at least eight months before your event. Why? They need ample time to save money, buy their dresses, and prepare your bachelorette party!
When it comes to bridesmaid proposal gifts, you don’t need to stretch your budget to make it a meaningful experience. Small tokens of appreciation will do! The point is not the price of a gift, but rather the ability to communicate your intention in a sweet and thoughtful way. If you need ideas on how to shower your gal pals with love, here are some suggestions you can explore. Let’s get started!
Fortune cookie proposal
Gather your best friends for a movie night and enjoy some Chinese takeout. When it’s time for the fortune cookie, hand them one with a thoughtful note inside that says “My wedding won’t be complete without you. Will you be my bridesmaid?” You can order custom fortune cookies online, or opt to make them yourself for a more personal touch.
Another creative way to ask them to take on the bridesmaid role is to gift them a shirt that says “Team Bride.” “I Do! Crew,” or another cheeky saying. This lovely present serves a dual purpose because your bridesmaids can wear it to your bachelorette party, too!
Shot glass proposal
If you and your squad enjoy the nightlife, consider getting custom shot glasses that say, “Take a shot to be my bridesmaid?” for each of them. You can even include a bottle of their favorite liquor! It will remind them of all the fun times you’ve had together.
Do you want to keep things exciting? Send each friend a jigsaw puzzle to solve. Once they are done putting the pieces together, the puzzle reveals a custom photo of the two of you with a simple message: “Will you be my bridesmaid?” Just be sure to follow up in case they forget or can’t figure it out!
Snack box proposal
We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, guess what? The same goes for your bridesmaids! Free food is always welcome, but filling a box with all of their favorite snacks is an understated yet sweet way to show how well you know each other. The box can come in your wedding color and even feature your monogram! Remember to put the heartwarming note and question right where she can see it.
These are just a few creative ways you can use to ask your best pals to join you on your trip to the altar. Remember that they are the VIPs not only of your wedding but also your life. If you pop the bridesmaid question with the love and care they deserve, they’ll remember your sweet gesture for many years to come!