It might sound odd, but one of the first things I got really excited about when me and Lee got engaged, was getting my bridesmaids on board. For years me and my favourite girls have all discussed what our future weddings would be, and I’ve been bridesmaid now for a few of my friends, so I was super excited for the prospect of wedding planning, trying on dresses and getting to experience all of the pre-wedding fun with my favourite girls. But I also knew I wanted to do something a little special when asking them to be my bridesmaids.
Asking your bridesmaids has definitely become a bit of a ‘thing’ in the past few years, with my Pinterest feed always full of fun and quirky ways to ask the question, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’. While it might seem a bit cheesy to some, I love the idea of asking the question, and spent hours browsing blogs and Youtube videos, searching for ideas. Here are a few of the ideas I saw and loved:
I’d seen some people send packages in the post, but I knew I wanted to ask my bridesmaids in person. I also loved the idea of giving them a little keepsake, but having four bridesmaids to ask, it couldn’t be too expensive. I found the idea of a gift box on Alexandrea Garza’s Youtube channel (link below) and thought it would be perfect.
First up, I wanted to find really nice ‘Will you be my bridesmaids’ cards and spent an absolute age searching for the perfect ones online. I wanted the cards and gift to give a hint at the style the wedding might be, but as we hadn’t got that far in planning yet, I went for simple black and white on the card, in a lovely font. The ones I ended up choosing were from Notonthehighstreet, by a brand called Kismet Weddings, and I loved the simple style of them.
For the gift box itself, I searched for ages for a smallish-sized box that had a lid, that I could tie ribbons round, and as always, Paperchase came to my rescue with their cardboard gift boxes. I bought three of the smaller size and then one slightly larger for my sister – I wanted to do something a little bit special for my sister, who I was asking to be my Maid of Honour, so her box had a couple of extra items.
After much deliberation, here’s what I chose to put into the boxes:
- Bottega Rose Gold Prosecco miniature bottle – here
- Yankee ‘Wedding Day’ scented candle – here
- Miniature coloured hanging frame from Oliver Bonas, featuring a photo of me and each bridesmaid – no longer available but similar style here
- A packet of Lovehearts sweets
Maid of Honour:
I filled the boxes with a mix of white and sparkly raffia and placed the items inside before sealing the box and tying a pink ribbon around, before adding the card to the front. The style of the box (while it didn’t look as ‘put together’ as I’d have liked) perfectly suited the type of rustic wedding we are having, so I was pretty happy with them. And even happier when I got round to asking all of my bridesmaids and they said yes!
Are you planning on popping the question to your bridesmaids? What ideas do you have?
See more of my Wedding Pinterest inspiration boards here.
Alex Garzea’s ‘Be my Bridesmaid’ DIY video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkHmn-EuuhQ