Congratulations, you’re getting married!! We couldn’t be happier for you--it’s so exciting to have found the person you want to navigate life with. Of course, we know at least a few ladies who are probably even more excited for you: your best friends! They’ve been your cheerleader, your biggest fan, and your ride or die through thick and thin (and every relationship blunder or victory). It’s safe to say they’ve earned a spot beside you on your big day, but now it’s your turn to pop the question. How will you do it? Below, you’ll find our top ten favorite ways to infuse some creativity into this request, so you can make each of your bridesmaids-to-be feel like an essential part of your bride tribe.
Say it with…
Pick out a bottle of red, white or bubbly and turn it into an invitation and a celebration! Let the label do the asking, by ordering a themed wine label and sticking it on your bottle of choice. If you really want to get fancy, order an engraved bottle instead. Once the question is on the table (literally), it’ll be hard for you both to not pop that bottle of bridesmaid bubbly right then and there for the first toast to your big day!
2. Something Sweet
Cookies, candies, or macarons--which treat suits you?! From the packaging to edible calligraphy, there are many crafty and delicious ways to present your friends with a bridesmaid proposal. For someone with less of a sweet tooth, fortune cookies are fun because you can place a piece of paper inside them that pops the question when the cookies are cracked open.
Most women love receiving flowers, and unexpected flowers from your friend feel extra special. Pick out your friend’s favorite bouquet of flowers, or send her some that match the flowers that will be featured in your wedding. Either way, put your proposal on the card, and wait to hear from her on the day the flowers are being delivered!
Balloons are a symbol of celebration we rarely receive past our childhood birthdays. Renew those nostalgic feelings with a bunch of balloons for your bestie. Whether you have them delivered or deliver them yourself, you have a couple of options for format: either put your ask on the outside, or on the inside--a very literal way to pop the question!
Present your proposal with something sparkly. Personalize a piece of jewelry for your bridesmaids, like a bracelet or necklace. Or, pick a piece of jewelry each member of your wedding party will wear on the wedding day. These pieces can be worn for years to come, reminding them of the occasion, but it can also be a fashionable element of your photos that unites your crew.
Get crafty with your ask, and turn it into a puzzle! Puzzles are a great bride tribe proposal because the anticipation builds as you complete them. Plus, there are a ton of options for the puzzle’s design: you can turn a photo into a puzzle or pick a design that suits your wedding’s vibe. For something slightly simpler, but still super fun, order a bridesmaid scratch-off ticket!
Whether booze or bubbly is her drink of choice, get her a personalized piece of drinkware that can serve triple duty as the proposal method, a memento, and something she can toast with the day-of. We’ve seen everything from flasks to shot glasses, but also love these champagne flutes she can sip from on the big day.
8. Tools of the Trade
Before you dive into wedding planning, take some time to make your bride tribe individual tool kits for the day ahead. Make it cute, make it fun, and put a collection of useful goodies inside. This could include some tissues, hair ties and pins, stain removing wipes, dental floss, tweezers, headache medicine...whatever she might need to have on hand! Get creative by throwing some fun items into the mix like temporary tattoos, and package it all in a fun tote.
Deck out your girls in some comfy, cute clothes! Take your pick of pajamas, sweatshirts, t-shirts, or robes, and unite your bride tribe with some style. Then, when it’s time for you all to get ready together, kick off the photo opps in your matching outfits. For an added touch, deliver these clothing items on a personalized hanger.
Find your favorite photo of the two of you, or create an entire photo book of your memories, and ask your best friend to add another to the memory bank on your big day. You can make your ask more obvious, with a frame that spells out the question, or another option is a frame without a photo, that leaves space for one you’ll take together on your wedding day. We love these frames that say, “Bridesmaid for a day, best friend for life.”