After you've carefully chosen who you want to stand beside you throughout your wedding adventure, it's time to get them to say "I Do!" While your "proposal" to your bridesmaids may not be as emotional or heart gripping as when your hubby-to-be popped the question to you, it's still a very special, memorable, and exciting moment. So why not make it personalized and meaningful with these four tips?
1. Add Something Old
Whether you're asking each women to be your bridesmaid with the same kind of gift (a t-shirt, a bottle of wine, a picture frame), add in something from your past with them too — whether it's something from an inside joke or just an old souvenir you've kept around from a trip you took with them.
2. Add a Personal Touch
A little something extra you can give your bridesmaids-to-be is a handwritten note. Write them a card or a letter summarizing your favorite moments together over the years you've known them and why it's important that they are still in your life.
3. Do It When They Least Expect It
Pop the question to each of your bridesmaids individually. If you live near them, take each of them out to their favorite place (whether that's a coffee shop, an ice cream parlor, or a swanky restaurant).
4. Add a Little Humor Into It
When you ask them to come along with you on this often chaotic and emotional wedding adventure, lay out a funny list of 10 "vows" that you promise not to do or act like during this time. Call out the fact that if you do turn into a bridezilla, you're hoping they snap you back into place like they have done time and time again throughout the last couple of years.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.