Since The Boy and I got engaged, there have been three questions on the forefront of everyone’s mind: 1) When is the big day?, 2) How did he ask?, and 3) Have you picked your bridesmaids? I’m not ashamed to admit that I had a list of potential bridesmaids on a note in my phone for AGES…while I may not have always known who my husband would be I had a pretty solid idea of the ladies who would be standing beside me when I said I do. One of the first things I did after The Boy proposed was to start googling “how to propose to my bridesmaids”. I wanted to do something special, but I also didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of money. Almost everything I found online was kind of lame or over done, so I had to get a little creative and put a special spin on my bridesmaid proposals.
Creating the Perfect Royal Court: Bridesmaid Propoals
The Boy and I have each asked 10 (yes you read that right TEN) of our dearest friends to be a part of our special day. I always said I’d never have a large bridal party because I worried about managing so many individuals and their personalities clashing. However, when the time came to choose bridesmaids, I knew I needed each and every one of them up there with me. Out of my ten ladies, two will be serving as my Maid of Honor and only three of them currently live here in St. Louis with me. I knew my proposal would have to be something I could ship, but I still wanted them to feel as though it was as special as being asked in person. For me, this meant finding the perfect “will you be my bridesmaid/maid of honor?” cards. I searched Etsy for DAYS and simply couldn’t find anything that really spoke to me. Either the message wasn’t right or the color was off, so I decided to make my own. Using Canva, cardstock, and my printer at home, I designed ten custom cards for my bridesmaids. In addition to the cutesy message, I hand wrote a more personal note to each girl reflecting on our friendship and how much their participation means to me. These cards cost me absoultely nothing, but my time.
Next, I wanted a few items to serve as gifts/keepsakes. I decide on tank tops that they will wear during my bachelorette weekend, mini bottles of champagne, and a monogrammed champagne glass to enjoy it in. I called upon my sorority sister’s mom who owns and operates Decorrise, a home decor, gifts, florals, and accessories shop. Her mom created the cutest black and gold bridesmaid/maid of honor tanks and custom hand painted champagne glasses for each of my ladies. She also made me a “Future Mrs. Williams” shirt that I would literally wear every day if I could. I paid $12.50 for each shirt and $5 for each glass; I provided the glasses myself, which were simply from the dollar store. While I did end up spending about $200 to propose to my bridesmaids, I couldn’t be more thrilled with how my bridesmaids proposals turned out, plus you have to keep in mind I do have 10 bridesmaids. When I compare the prices of goodies I saw on Etsy, I estimate that I saved $140! For a bride on a budget, I think I’m off to a decent start!
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I invited my bridesmaids that were going to be in town (and one of my MOHs who lives in Chicago) out for brunch. I’m sure each of them already knew what was coming, but watching their reactions as they opened their gifts and read their cards was absolutely priceless. The only thing I would have changed would have been to have all ten of my leading ladies there! Since getting engaged, these ladies have already showed up and shown out with gifts, words of advice to stay sane during this process, and even attending venue visits. Though our wedding still feels forever and a day away, I already feel like I’ve got a bomb a*s bride tribe. I can’t wait to continue #OnTheRoadToMrsWilliams with this group of women by my side.
How many Bridesmaids did you have? How did you ask them to be a part of your special day? Did you create special bridesmaid proposals?