You want to propose to your bridesmaids but aren’t sure how to go about it. Asking the question “Will you be my bridesmaid?” doesn’t feel like enough when you think about the small VIP group of ladies you want to support you leading up to your big day, especially now that weddings are morphing into micro-weddings with fewer guests and virtual events due to the threat of coronavirus. Even so, you still want to make this moment meaningful and personal for the special women in your life.
At Laura Jayne Bridal, we’re “personal touches” experts and understand the importance of making special women feel unique. Who wouldn’t want their bridesmaids to catch the same “feels”? Whether they’ve been there since Day 1 or they’re about to become your new sister-in-law, this is your time to show them how much they mean to you.
Recently, we had the honor of collaborating on a beautiful woodsy-styled photo shoot featured on Style Me Pretty, a style savvy online wedding resource (credit: Alana Klein of Swoon Weddings & Events). The photos of the bride and her two bridesmaids got us to thinking about how precious these relationships are, and gave us some inspiration on bridesmaid proposals. So if you’re stumped on how to go about asking your gal pals, here's our list of top 5 best bridesmaid ideas to help!
1. Nothing says "you're special to me and I want you to be my bridesmaid" like sending a tailored gift you know they'll love along with a personalized note and a bridal magazine or two.
Whether it’s a box of homemade sweet treats or a handcrafted piece of bridal jewelry, take into account the individual tastes and preferences for each member of your squad. We love the look of delight on our bridesmaids’ faces in this photo, and we can guarantee you’ll see the same reaction from your BFFs!
2. Set the stage to let your “besties” know you want them in your bridal party by bringing them together for a safe, socially distanced outdoor gathering.
In this time of COVID, it’s best to keep the guest list small and host an event like this in your backyard or, if possible, on a patio at your favorite restaurant. If it’s getting cold where you live, make sure to have outdoor heaters and blankets at your disposal to keep your guests warm. Over champagne, a nice meal and some dessert pastries, you can pop the question, let them know how important they are to you and reminisce fondly about great memories as you embark on creating new ones.
3. If your chosen few don't know each other or live outside your community, consider planning a virtual wine and cheese party to "pop the question" and get them acquainted.
Before the date, consider sending them a bottle of their favourite wine and cheese to give them something to look forward to. Once online, the wine and easy conversation will start to flow and task delegation won't be far behind. Before you know it, the bachelorette party will be planned with contingencies and a tech savvy bridesmaid will put her hand up to make sure that no one gets stuck in the virtual waiting room during the ceremony.
4. Since few things make us feel more appreciated than being pampered, organize a spa day.
Most of us love getting a massage, facial or mani-pedi on a day off so why not bring your gal pals together for a spa day and then, ask them to help you walk down the aisle? They’ll appreciate this thoughtful gesture, especially if they always help others and never make time for themselves! You can even tailor each treatment to each person! A pedicure and foot massage for the girl who’s always on her feet, and a deep tissue massage for the girl with three kids. Make sure to include a light lunch and let the wedding planning begin!
5. Surprise your bridesmaids with a keepsake card as unique as they are, featuring a thoughtful message inside, inviting them to stand with you on your special day!
With the wedding industry booming like never before, there are countless paper companies making custom products. One of our favorites is fellow Canadian Kristine Heredia, who produces beautiful handmade cards with a variety of timeless options.
From this list, you will no doubt come up with your own creative ways to propose to your bridesmaids. As long as your gesture is thoughtful and personalized, we believe that the special women in your life will be honoured to support and stand by you during this wonderful, yet challenging time.
At Laura Jayne Bridal, we’ve helped thousands of brides find their one-of-a-kind, heirloom-worthy “personal touches”. Designing and handcrafting bridal veils, jewelry and wedding accessories for hair has been our passion for 20+ years and we’re here to help you when the time is right!
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Photography: Hello Inspira Photography | Venue: Kortright Center for Conservation | Event Planning: Swoon Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Quill and Oak | Sweets: Mademoiselle Vanilla | Wedding Dress: Sash & Bustle | Bridesmaids Dress: Truvelle | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Jewelry and Veil: Laura Jayne | Engagement Ring: Anouk Jewelry | Hair Styling: Styled by Nadia | Makeup: Velsie Mak | Event Rentals: Glamour Affairs Inc. | Linen Rentals: Susan Murray International | Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions