BY LAYNE WHITBURN
It’s (arguably) the second most important proposal of the year... asking your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids. Show your best girl pals just how much they mean to you with a thoughtful and memorable bridesmaid proposal. Nervous? Don’t be. We’ve got you covered with these 10 creative, adorable and fun ways to pop the question. Good luck girl!
1 Bridesmaid Bible
Picture this: your bridesmaid-to-be opens up her very own customised es+elle Bridesmaid Bible with her name delicately printed on top. The pages are filled with everything a bridesmaid needs including a bridal party checklist, hens day/night checklist, bridal emergency checklist, to-do list, bridesmaid etiquette and more. Do you even need to ask the question? She’ll get the hint. And you’ll get the happiest (and most organised) bridal party out.
2 Question in a Cappuccino
Are you even best girl pals if you don’t know each others coffee order? Send your girls a coffee to their office with a personalised twist. Engrave their name on a takeaway mug, but don’t stop there. Inside the cup on the bottom add: ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ When she’s finished her soy cap, the buzz will be a lot more than just a caffeine high.
3 Surprise Dinner Party
Want to see your bridesmaids’ faces when you pop the question? Get your girls over for dinner, and don’t forget to serve champagne. Have the words ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’ plastered over everything. Think hanging banners, customised balloons, peg a note on each girls champagne glass or bring out the sweetest dessert with the question written on top of a cake. Is that not the most Instagramable dinner party ever?
4 Proposal Puzzle
If you want to really surprise your bridesmaids, give them a puzzle to put together. Don’t stick to the standard, ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’ question. Instead, keep them guessing right till the end with something different like; ‘I said yes, now it’s your turn!’ or something cheekier like; ‘Will you hold my dress while I pee?’
5 Cuppa Tea?
Ain’t no party like a bridesmaids’ tea party! Print out some cute tea bag tabs with the simple question ‘bridesmaid?’ written across it and staple onto the string of the tea bag. Next time your girls are over for tea, pop the tea bag in with the question dangling out, and serve.
6 Practical and Punny
We all have that one friend who’s always asking for a hair tie. Ok, every female (and hipster male). Help her out with a few hair ties wrapped around a card reading: ‘I can’t tie the know without you.’
7 Wine Time
If you’ve shared many nights chatting about men, global warming, and more men over a bottle of wine (so basically every Friday night) this one couldn’t be more fitting. Create a wine label, stick it over her favourite bottle and bring it along to Friday night catch ups to literally pop the question.
8 Chick Flick
Wrap up the DVD Bridesmaids and place on your girlfriend's door. Attach a small card simply saying it’s from you. You don’t need to say anything else, she’ll get it.
9 Hamper Love
Why give your girlfriend one gift when you can give her a hamper full? Fill a box up with some thoughtful goodies like bath bombs, chocolates, jewellery and a note asking the important question. Oh, and confetti. It’s a celebration after all.
Hamper by Bundle & Bow
10 Sweet Touch
You can customise M&M’s. We repeat: CUSTOMISE M&M’S. You can customise everything from the text and pictures on each ball of chocolate goodness to the very packaging they’re wrapped in. It’s possibly the sweetest (and yummiest) way to propose to your bridesmaids. Drool.
Don’t know what to say or how to say it? Here’s some of the sweetest and funniest ways to ask