Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Creative Ways to Ask Your Friends to Be Bridesmaids

Your fiancĂ©'s proposal wasn't the last important question that will have to be popped prior to your wedding. You still have to "propose" to the special group of ladies who will plan your shower and bachelorette party, be at your beck and call as you plan your wedding, support you at the altar, and party like rock stars with you at the reception—your bridesmaids! If you want to have a little fun with your big proposal, here are five creative ideas for asking your friends to be bridesmaids.

Holiday theme. If you can wait for the next big holiday, there are plenty of festive ways to ask your friends to be bridesmaids. My brother and future sister-in-law wrapped up a personalized Christmas ornaments on which the word "Bridesmaid" was scripted to ask me to be in their wedding party. For other holidays, you mighput together a bridesmaid Easter basket, write a poem on a Valentine's Day card, or decorate "Will you be my bridesmaid?" Halloween pumpkins.

T-shirts. Giving t-shirts to your bridesmaids not only makes for a creative way to invite them into your wedding party, but it also gives them an excellent keepsake. Better yet, it provides them with the perfect bachelorette party outfits! Buy ready-made shirts with "Bridesmaid" emblazoned on the front or even have the shirts personalized with your bridesmaids' names or your wedding date.

Puzzle. Some creative brides have asked their friends to be bridesmaids with personalized picture puzzles. Choose one favorite picture, put together a collage, or even have some fun and paste your friends' heads into bridesmaid dresses. Don't forget to add "Will you be my bridesmaid?" in your favorite font. If you upload the image files to a website such as Snapfish or Shutterfly, you can send puzzles made from your pictures to your future bridesmaids.

Cookies. If you have a flair for baking, consider using cookies to ask your friends to be bridesmaids. Frost "Will you be my bridesmaid?" onto giant sugar cookies or simply bake a batch of each bridesmaid's favorite cookies and send them with a clever note such as, "It would be sweet if you'd be my bridesmaid." If you want to get extra creative, try baking fortune cookies and printing,"You will be my bridesmaid (if you say yes)," on the fortune slips. To get you started, here is a fortune cookie recipe from allrecipes.com.

Propose. Take a page out of your new fiancé's book and actually propose to your bridesmaids! Place a Ring Pop, a bridesmaid button, or even the necklace you'd like your bridesmaid to wear into a jewelry box, get down on one knee, and pop the question. How could she say no?

Your bridesmaids are going to be a big part of your wedding day, and they are probably going to make a lot of sacrifices for you along the way. While there is nothing wrong with coming right out with the question on the phone or in person, consider showing them what a big deal they are to you by making a big deal out of the bridesmaid "proposal."

What creative "bridesmaid proposal" ideas to you have to add?

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