Once all the buzz has calmed down after the proposal, it’s your time to pop the other question — to your bridesmaids. Here are 10 out-of-the-box ideas.
1. Photo collage it
Enlist the help of a photographer friend to put together an accordion-like creative photo card that opens up to display your full question.
2. Craft it
Get your craft on and create paper-doll-cutout chains for your girls. Write the name of each bridesmaid on the individual paper dolls, and then fold the chains so that each girl gets her namesake paper doll at the top. Mail them in cute envelopes with fancy handwriting or deliver in person.
3. Make them a movie poster
Think outside the box and rip off a movie poster, like the one from “27 Dresses” with Katherine Heigl wearing a dress of words. We love the idea of writing a note to your bridesmaid in the shape of a wedding dress.
4. Hit the sweet tooth
Here’s a sweet way to ask your best friends — cute cookies in the shapes of dresses from FlourPotCookies.com come prepackaged with tiny cards that ask the big question.
5. Send a clever card
Pick up a card! There are tons of cute “Be my bridesmaid” cards available online with a variety of styles. (We especially love some of the ones we’ve seen from Mr. Boddington’s Studio and on Etsy.com.)
6. Say it with food
With a little practice, you could spell out “Will you be my bridesmaid?” in chocolate syrup or frosting as you present your friend with a sweet treat of cupcakes or macaroons.
7. Get personal
Gift your bridesmaids-to-be something monogrammed with their names or initials. Think: a wooden hanger (perfect for their dress the day of the wedding) or a tote bag.
8. Wine and dine them
Take your girls out for dinner, drinks or even a cup of coffee, and ask them over a toast. You can ask them all out as a group or meet them out individually.
9. Make a photo strip
Combine a few favorite photos with each friend onto photo strips (try using Wink, by Shutterfly; they’ll combine any photos into a cute photo strip for you) and include personalized messages on the backs.
10. Just do it
If you’re not into making it a big production, there’s nothing wrong with simply asking. Doing it in person is ideal, but a heartfelt phone call will do the trick too.