Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Between organizing the bridal shower, helping to assemble wedding centerpieces, and holding your hand during a case of pre-wedding jitters, a bridesmaid's work is never done. To recognize the important role that bridesmaids play in making your wedding day an event to remember, it's nice to create a clever "proposal" for the women you've selected to be members of your wedding party.

Bridesmaid proposals can be sentimental, humorous, or sisterly, depending upon your unique relationship with each woman. Consider these 10 creative ways to "propose" to your bridesmaids.

1. Put a Ring on It

If you're on a tight budget, place a Ring Pop sucker inside a pretty box with a note asking the recipient if she'll be your bridesmaid. Who needs diamonds when you have a true friend by your side?

2. Confetti Balloon

For a simple, yet memorable proposal, fill a balloon with some colorful heart shaped confetti and your bridesmaid proposal message. Wrap the balloon in a box with a note that says, "Pop Me!".

3. Be a Star

Buy each bridesmaid star shaped stud earrings or a star pendant necklace. Place the earrings in a pretty box with a note that says, "I've got the script, now I need the stars. Will you be my bridesmaid?"

4. Tying the Knot

Here's a cute idea for the crafty bride: make friendship bracelets in your wedding colors. Slip the bracelets on the front of a card that says, "I can't tie the knot without you by my side."

5. A Sweet Treat

If you can bake, make dress shaped cookies for each woman with your bridesmaid proposal written in frosting. Wrap your cookies in clear cellophane bags for a stylish presentation.

6. Puzzling Message

Write "I can't say 'I do' without you!" on a sheet of cardboard. Cut the sheet into about 20 small puzzle shapes, then slip all the shapes into a pretty envelope. Have your bridesmaid put together the puzzle to figure out the message.

7. A Proposal Fit for a Princess

Search for Disney Princess merchandise such as a coffee mug, t-shirt, lip balm, or Pez dispenser. Wrap up the item you've selected with a note that reads, "I've found my Prince Charming, but I still need my girls. Will you be my bridesmaid?"

8. Personalized Drinks

Invite the prospective members of your wedding party to your home for a girl's night in. When it comes time to pour the wine, surprise each woman with a personalized bridesmaid wine glass. (If your bridesmaids don't drink alcohol, this idea would also work with coffee mugs or tea cups.)

9. A Trip Down Memory Lane

Fill a decoupaged shoebox with items representing your friendship, such as ticket stubs from the court where you met, the program from your college graduation, and copies of meaningful photos or letters. At the bottom of the box, leave a note asking the recipient if she'll be your bridesmaid.

10. Bridesmaid Survival Kit

Being a bridesmaid is a big job. Make your friend's task a bit easier by assembling a kit of items she'll need to help you get through the big day: nail polish in your wedding color, lip balm, waterproof mascara, breath mints, hairspray, a mirrored compact, and plenty of tissues. Pack everything into a stylish clutch with a handwritten note asking if she'll do you the honor of being by your side on your special day.

Celebrating Friendship

Regardless of how you choose to propose to your bridesmaid, think of the wedding planning process as time to celebrate your friendship as well as your love for your future spouse. With great friends by your side, you'll be on your way to becoming a "Mrs." in no time at all.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team