Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Creative Ways to Ask Your Friends to Be Bridesmaids

My brother and future sister-in-law got engaged in September. They're planning a long engagement, so on one hand I understood, but on the other I was getting really antsy to know whether or not they were going to have me be a bridesmaid! I didn't want to assume that would be the case (even though my husband and I had both of them in our wedding party), and in many ways, I wouldn't have been surprised if they had not asked me—but that still made for a bit of hanging tension and awkward conversations.

When my husband and I were home for Christmas, my dad said something while we were around the table playing games about what "you guys," meaning the bridesmaids, would wear in the wedding. I was kind of embarrassed and said, "Well, I don't know if I'm going to be a bridesmaid yet..." and my brother and his fiance either didn't hear the slip of my dad's tongue or chose to ignore it.

On Christmas morning, we had opened all the gifts (or so we thought), when the engaged couple came bouncing down the stairs with some surprise gifts—one each for my husband, my two sisters, and me. We opened them at the same time and pulled out little Christmas ornaments. Each said either "Bridesmaid" or "Groomsman" on it (pictured above)! What a fun way to ask us to be in their wedding party—and no more awkwardness was necessary!

When I was getting married, I just popped the question to each of my would-be bridesmaids on the phone or in person. While there is nothing wrong with that, there are so many creative ways to go about "proposing" to your bridesmaids!

Read my latest article, Creative Ways to Ask Your Friends to Be Bridesmaids, for some inspiration!

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

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