You and your best friends have probably been dreaming about the day you stand side by side on your wedding day since you were just kids. It’s a huge day for you and you couldn’t do it without them, so of course, the moment you ask them to be your bridesmaids needs to be one you’ll cherish forever.
As a bride planning your wedding, you will naturally have hundreds of plans buzzing around your head, so we thought we would kick-start you with some fresh and creative ‘be my bridesmaid’ ideas that your friends will just love. Whether you want to be completely over the top or simplistic but classy, we have some wonderful ideas that you’re very welcome to pinch!
1. Treasuring memories
Everyone loves a memory box. It’s something so simple that won’t cost you much to put together but it can mean the absolute world to the receiver. We suggest you dig out some old photographs and trinkets and put them all in a box for your bridesmaid. Leave a little note or card in the bottom so it’s the last thing she finds with that special question written on it, and be sure to have someone film her reaction so you have this new memory stored forever!
In case you’re not sure where to get yourself a memory box, here is an example of a lovely one!
2. An apt night in
If you and your friends are suckers for a movie night, why not get them together and watch the ultimate chick flick that will get you right in the mood for wedding planning: Bridesmaids?! Set up the DVD for them coming in and hand them each a card as you get settled with your drinks and nibbles. Ask them to open them at the same time and then sit back, enjoy the movie and get excited together – the perfect girls’ night in!
If you’ve not yet seen Bridesmaids, have a little look at the trailer here. You’re going to love it!
3. Music to their ears
Every pair of friends has those songs that they sing the top of their lungs whenever they come on. Whether it’s music that reminds us of being in school or of the first few nights out we ever had, there are hundreds of songs that link in with our friendships. If you’re a lover of music, you could give your friends a mixtape of all your favourite songs, recording a little voice clip of you asking her the question as the last track. It’s easy enough to burn it all onto a CD or, if you’re feeling retro, a cassette tape. They’ll be super surprised to hear your voice, it’s delightfully personal and it’s something they can keep hold of forever.
If you need some help on how to burn a CD, click here to get a better idea. It won’t take you long!
4. Pop the question
For those of you who want a fun, imaginative way to ask your bridesmaids the big question, you could hide your message in a balloon. Attach a message to the string reading ‘Pop Me!’ and leave your bridesmaid-to-be to find a note surrounded with sparkling confetti inside. This is a possibility that can be done at quite a low cost, so for those who have a lot of wedding saving to do, this could be the perfect option!
If you’d prefer your balloon surprise put together by professionals, click here to see an example from an online seller!
5. Message in a bottle
A message in a bottle is a simple but effective way to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids. It’s quirky, different and it’s another little something you can make yourself if you’re on a bit of a budget. All you’ll need is a small bottle, a little piece of paper to write your message on, a cork, some string and voila – the perfect, personal way to pop the question!
Here is a link to buy personalised ‘message in a bottle’ gifts in case you (understandably!) don’t have time to make them yourself.
6. Red, white or rosé?
For those wine-lovers among us – and let’s face it, that’s probably most of us – why not ask your friends to be your bridesmaid through a personalised bottle? Whether they’d like red or white or even a little upgrade to prosecco, you can get personalised labels printed on wine bottles from various different companies. You could even get them a personalised glass instead or to go with their wine bottle. What’s more, they’re guaranteed to love it!
7. Friends forever
We all exchanged friendship bracelets at some point in our childhood, and it might be a nice idea to cast it back to those days and bring back the trend to ask your friends the big question. It’s an adorable gesture with a little bit of nostalgia – especially if it’s an old friend you’re asking. You could even mount it on some card with a personalised message and ‘be my bridesmaid?’ in your own handwriting. A bracelet is an idea that’s simple but timeless.
There are loads of different kinds of bracelets to choose from if you have a look about. Here’s one idea we love.
8. A sweet treat
A fun and tasty way of asking your bridesmaids the big question is to get it printed on food. Yes, you heard us right! Whether you make it extra personal and write it with icing on cakes you’ve baked yourself or buy a box of personalised macaroons or fortune cookies, giving them a sweet treat as you ask them to be your bridesmaids will make for some very happy friends. These days, you can even get images and messages printed onto marshmallows! The options are endless with this one.
9. Movie star bridesmaids
If you’re feeling extra creative, you could put together a video or a slideshow to show your bridesmaids-to-be. This will work especially well if they are all friends – you can include photographs of you all and plan a night in where you can show it to them. Record yourself asking the big question at the end of the video and wait for their reactions. It might be quite time-consuming, but it will make for a night to remember!
Unsure about how to make a movie? Click here to see a free website that could help you out.
10. Last piece of the puzzle
If your bridesmaid-to-be is somewhat of a brainbox, it might be an idea to ask her through a personalised puzzle. This is something she could have as a keepsake in a frame for years to come, and there are loads of sites around that allow you to design a jigsaw and cut it to however many pieces you prefer. It’s original and fun, so why not give it a go?
Not sure where to go for your personalised puzzle? Here is a site that might be able to help you.
We would love to know how you chose to pop the big question to your bridesmaids. Please feel free to leave us a message in the comments or tweet us with your story – especially if we managed to help you out!