Now that you're engaged (congrats!), what's next? Choosing which of your closest friends and family members you want to stand next to you on your wedding day. Keep in mind that agreeing to be a bridesmaid can be a significant time and financial commitment, so it's important to express how much these girls mean to you when you ask them to join your wedding party.
Here are some creative and thoughtful ways to ask your future 'maids to play an important role on your big day.
Send a card: Write a sweet note expressing how much your friendship means to you before asking if she'd consider being a bridesmaid on your wedding day. (We're loving these bridesmaid cards by Rifle Paper Co.!)
Photo: [Floridian Weddings](http://floridianweddings.com)
Over mani-pedis: Plan a girl's day with your friends, complete with manicures and pedicures. Then, surprise each person with a personalized box containing a note paired with a bottle of nail polish in your wedding colors. Get the template here.
Photo: [Lauren Rae Photography](http://laurenraephotoblog.com/) for [The Perfect Palette](http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2014/01/a-chic-and-swanky-kate-spade-inspired.html)
Invite them over for dinner: Throw a dinner party for your bridesmaids and place a card or note on their cocktail glass asking them to be in your wedding party.
Photo: [Spindle Photography](http://spindlephotography.com/)
Give a personalized bottle of wine: You've have spent countless evenings bonding over a bottle of wine, so why not gift each girl with a customized bottle of vino? Choose their favorite bottle and replace the label with one of these free downloadable ones from Marié Ami.
Photo: [Amanda Luu](http://amandaluu.com/)
Send flowers: Every girl loves receiving flowers! Send your nearest and dearest a beautiful bouquet of blooms with a simple note: Will you be my bridesmaid? The gesture will make your recipients feel incredibly loved and special.