After you send out your engagement announcement cards and everyone has heard the good news, it’s time to start thinking about your bridesmaids! Of course, you’ve probably been thinking about them for years, but this is the moment when those dreams become a reality. How will you ask your best friends and family to join your bridal party? We’ve got some incredible ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ ideas you need to hear!
When Should You Pop the Question?
So much of the wedding celebration is about timing—there’s a “right time” to tell your parents and to organize catering—but what is the “right time” to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids? Of course, the answer is “when it feels right for you.” The general rule is to ask at least eight months in advance of your nuptials, but don’t worry if you end up asking a little later!
What’s important is that you ask the right people—those who you most want at your side when you get married. That said, the further in advance you ask, the more time they have to plan an incredible bachelorette party for you!
Now that you know when to ask your friends and family about being bridesmaids, let’s move on to the “how.” We have some singular bridesmaid gift ideas, but our first is a whole box! You can fill up a box with makeup, sweets, accessories—whatever you know your friends will love.
How you go about making the boxes is up to you! Either create your own personalized boxes (you could make spa boxes, mani/pedi boxes, or boxes for coffee lovers), or check out Etsy for pre-made gift packages.
Who says a gift can’t be an activity? Gather all your prospective bridesmaids together for a fun day getting manicures, or maybe take a trip to a spa! There are tons of wedding nail ideas for the perfect manicure, so a day like this can help you try out some options.
After enjoying the pool day, wine tasting, or another activity, tell everyone why you set up the activity day – there won’t be a dry eye in the house!
We know some of you out there are craft aficionados! If you’ve got a knack for creating beautiful homemade gifts, this is the perfect opportunity to give them out. There’s nothing like a gift made by hand to tell someone how much you care.
You might bake up some delicious treats, design unique jewelry for everyone, or even make scented candles! The options are endless, and Pinterest is a great place to get ideas and tutorials.
From custom tote bags to personalized tumblers and champagne flutes, there are so many fantastic options for unique gifts made special for your family and friends. This is such a great option when you want to give every bridesmaid something that is uniquely theirs while uniting them all with a thoughtful present! What a sweet way to ask if they will be part of your bridal party.
Handwritten notes are a lost art—let’s bring them back! This ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ gift idea gives you the perfect opportunity to tell your favorite people how much they mean to you. In fact, a handwritten note is the perfect thing to include with any of these gift ideas.
Not to jump too far ahead, but handwritten notes are also an amazing wedding favor for your guests! There are a lot of great wedding favor options to choose from, but handwritten notes really say, “thank you for being here,” like nothing else.
Now that you have these wonderful ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ ideas, take some time to figure out which option feels right for you. Whether you choose something from this list or feel inspired to go your own way, we hope you’ll let us be a part of your celebration! Reserve a luxury private bridal suite and bring your new bridal party along for the journey. Don’t forget to celebrate your YES moment in our Lobby Lounge with a champagne toast!