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Cute ways to propose to your bridesmaids

Being a bridesmaid can be a big financial and time commitment, so a brag-worthy ‘proposal’ is your chance to show your leading ladies how much you love them.
They're the ones who'll be with you pretty much every step of the way during the planning process, from organising your hen’s do and helping to pick your bouquet to making sure your dress is draped just right for your photos. Popping the question to your besties doesn’t have to take huge amounts of time and effort - it can be as easy as hand-delivering a sweet card or giving them something you know they’ll love, like a piece of jewellery or bottle of wine. For ladies who want to earn serious bride points (we’ll just pretend that’s a thing), consider putting something together that really sets the bridesmaid proposal bar. In the end, how you choose to pop the question is up to you, but here are eight different ideas to get you started, from the super simple (read: all you have to do is proceed to the online check-out) to those that may just trigger some tears. 

To get straight to the point...

Not a fan of dilly-dallying around? A sweet and simple card allows you to propose in a way that’s direct without being dull. Luckily, there are dozens of pre-designed cards you can order online or find in speciality card stores. For brides who already have an idea of what their day will look like, consider using a template that reflects your theme. If you and your 'maids have a sense of humour, bring the #lols by going for a card that pokes fun at traditional bridesmaid duties (like helping a bride in the bathroom). To make sure your bridesmaids know what they’re in for, a card pack may be your go-to. These packages include two or three separate cards, and can be used to give your ‘maids the low-down on your big day – ideas for their dresses, any responsibilities and why you want them to be involved. The cards can then be wrapped up in an envelope and posted off. Best. Delivery. Ever.  

For something personal...

When it comes to gift-giving, you can customise pretty much everything you want, from Mason jars and shot glasses to mugs and linen - and that includes your bridesmaid proposal. Having something bespoke made or customising a pre-designed product means you'll be giving your leading ladies a gift that is truly unique (cue the special feels). For bridesmaids who love their beauty products, a personalised bottle of nail polish ticks both the pretty and practical boxes. Win-win! You can even pick a shade that will match their dresses or your wedding's colour scheme. Have a friend who has a soft spot for baking? Try a brightly-coloured cupcake container and writing your message on the inside. Likewise, if your girlfriend is crazy for caffeine, arrange to bring around their coffee of choice and write your proposal on the paper take-away cup. The possibilities are almost endless for personal proposals, but there really is no trick to nailing it. After all, you know them best. 

For making the most of wine time...

So you’re headed over to your bestie’s house for a Friday night catch-up and it’s your turn to bring the wine – enter the perfect time to pop the question. You could do it with a bunch of flowers and a straight-up “I have a question to ask you…”, but we think it’s more fun to make up a custom label for the wine bottle and wait for the penny to drop. Of course, if wine isn’t your thing, you can do the same for beer or water bottles. If you’re a whiz with a computer and fancy yourself a would-be designer, you can have a go making your own by downloading a template from the internet or using the label-making tool on Microsoft Word. But if you’d rather have experts do the designing for you, that's fine too - some companies will even deliver the labels to your front door. With companies offering a design-it-yourself service, you'll be able to pick from a range of templates and then customise the colours, images and text; some also have a selection of wines available and will attach your label to the bottle.

To let them piece it together...

To make your friends work (just a little bit, we promise) for that bridesmaid title, give them a jigsaw printed with your proposal - it's also hella original, so you'll get major points for creativity too. Ready-made puzzles are available to buy, meaning your job is as easy as breaking them up, putting the pieces in a drawstring bag – also provided – and watching as your friend’s face lights up. The puzzles are made from a sturdy hardboard, so your ‘maids will also be able to frame their jigsaws and put them on show for everyone to see. Puzzles can be customised to suit a maid or matron of honour proposal, too. If you have a friend who’s more into words than puzzles, go for a proposal crossword. 

To get crafty...

Thinking of getting hands-on with your wedding decorations or stationery? It’s probably best to acquaint yourself with a hot-glue gun sooner rather than later, and your bridesmaid proposal is the perfect way to sneak in some practice. There are more cut-and-paste card packs available than you can poke a pipe-cleaner at (just check out your local craft store), and you can customise them however you like. For something that ranks high on the cute scale – and is easy to cart around – we love a proposal spool. Whipping one up is easy: you'll need to cut out strips from a piece of fabric, making sure that the width of each length is slightly narrower than the width of your plastic or wooden spool. Glue one end of the fabric strip to the spool and wrap the fabric around once; the rest of the material is where you write your "Will you be my bridesmaid?" message – try writing it out in pencil first (so you don’t make a mistake) and then tracing over it with a marker or glitter pen. Remember to write on the inner side, so when you wrap the strip around the spool your message is hidden. Attach a paper luggage tag with "Unravel me" scrawled across it and you’re done! See? We told you it was easy. 

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To kick it old school...

Before playlists and iPods, mix CDs were all the rage. You’d give them to your friends or your main squeeze, and take them along to your weekend sleepovers. If you have a soft spot for the mix CD, bring it back with your 'maid proposal. There are two ways to do this: make the same mix for everyone or create personalised CDs. If you’re tight on time, giving your besties the same CD is the way to go; fill the discs with a smattering of d-floor-fillers *cough, Spice Girls*, print out covers and contents, write your message on the disc, and BOOM, you’re finished. To make custom CDs for each bridesmaid, use tracks you associate with certain moments from your friendship - think songs from a high-school formal, road trip or holiday, or even just one you used to dance around to in your living room. For a proposal that’s just as nostalgic, ask your soon-to-be-bridesmaid’s parents for some old pictures, have new copies printed out and write your question straight onto the photo – get them framed to make this one extra special. 

For the whole shebang...

Ever heard of the saying “Go big or go home?” That’s the category this proposal falls into. Yes, it requires a bit of work and organisation, but the reward is well worth it. Putting together a bridesmaid’s essentials kit means packing a box - an old shoe box you've covered with wrapping paper, a small suitcase you picked up at a market or an oversized noodle box from a craft store - with the bits and bobs every bridesmaid would need. Kits can be filled with practical items such as blotting paper, bobby pins, band-aids, fashion tape and safety pins, or fun inclusions like mini bottles of bubbly, lipstick or a small piece of jewellery for them to wear on the big day. You can also kick the ‘something personal’ proposal up a notch by making each 'maid a care package packed with their fave things: sweet treats and snacks, a travel-size tube of their perfume, a lush hand cream or other products you know they'll love. Before you have a crack at assembling the boxes, make a list of everything you want to include so you can get an idea of how much time it will take and what kind of budget you'll be looking at.

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