You’ve said yes, you’ve posted your ring selfie, and now it’s time to start thinking about who you’d love in your wedding party. You probably already have a pretty good idea of who your maid of honor and bridesmaids will be, so now you just need to ask them. But instead of just asking them the big Q over a text, why not plan a special bridesmaid proposal get together? Bridesmaid proposal parties have become quite popular in recent years, as it gives the bride a unique opportunity to not only ask in style, but show how much she appreciates her right hand gals. Keep reading for how to plan a bridesmaid proposal party that your ladies will definitely say yes to.
Bridesmaid Proposal Essentials:
Got the bridal party guest list figured out? Great! Now it’s time to select a venue, send out the invitations, and put together a menu and activities. And don’t forget the all-important bridesmaid proposal gift to sweeten the deal.
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Where would you like to host your bridesmaid proposal party? If you’re on a strict budget or just love the feel of your cozy space, you might gather the girls at your home. You could also choose your favorite restaurant, public space (like a botanical garden or park), or rent out a special event venue in your area.
When choosing a venue, think about its accommodations, price range, and if it’s suitable for gatherings. The below questions will help you find a spot that works for you and your guests.
- Is there a time limit?
- Will you be able to decorate?
- What are the food and drink options?
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If you want to keep it a secret, you could send a general party invitation or keep it casual by sending a text that tells everyone where to meet and when. Then, once they’re at the party, you can pop the question in whatever way you want. If you’re okay with spilling the beans, you could send or hand deliver a special bridesmaid proposal invitation created just for this occasion.
Your food options will largely depend on where you host the party, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Pack a picnic if you’re hosting at a park or outdoor space
- Serve snacks and cocktails at your house
- Let everyone order their own meal at a restaurant
- Ask guests to bring a potluck item
- Have barbecue and drinks by the pool
- Set up a brunch and mimosa bar
The activities you choose will also depend on your venue space, but also what kind of party vibe you want. Don’t feel pressured to come up with activities if you don’t want to. Who doesn’t love just sitting around and chatting? But if you do want a more engaging experience for your guests, consider these activities:
- Painting and wine (you could even paint “Will you be my bridesmaids?” as a surprise proposal)
- Outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, kayaking, etc.
- Craft party
- Spa treatments
- Scavenger hunt
- Cocktail mixing
- Essential oil mixing
- Yoga or dance class
Bridesmaid proposal boxes are the go-to gifts because you can include several little goodies to get your ladies excited about the wedding planning adventure ahead. Feel free to create your own gift boxes or give individual gifts. Whatever works best for you. Here are some ideas:
- Gift box by LaLa Confetti
- Keepsake box by Everlong Events
- Candle by Lulu Sugar
- Personalized clutches by Mama Bleu Designs
Whether you keep it casual or spare no expense, you’ll have so much fun planning your bridesmaid proposal party – and even more fun popping the question to your best gal pals. Enjoy every moment of your engagement and let your bridesmaids know how much you appreciate them being by your side.
Written By: Kim Gleason
Kim is the founder of Tre Bella’s Arizona wedding venue that delivers platinum-style weddings affordably. With a true love for design and a stress-free coordination process, Kim keeps gorgeous urban weddings within reach for busy couples.