Saturday, October 3, 2009

Proposing to your potential bridesmaids

So I don't want anything about my wedding to be traditional...not even the stuff that half the guests will never see or know about.  So when I began to select my bridesmaids I knew I wanted to come up with a fun and creative way to ask them to join my wedding party.  I mean afterall, your man asked you the jump start question "Will you marry me?" and for me, the next thing that followed was offering a similar question to my closest family and friends: "Will you be my bridesmaid?"

I found greeting cards with the question on the internet but I didn't like the packaged card idea.  So I decided to incorporate a few things I found online and then create everything myself to make it more personal and unique to each girl.

The first thing I did was find a photo of me with each girl.  I then photoshopped it using my wedding colors and text that asked them to 'Be My Bridesmaid?'  (For my sister, who would be my Matron of Honor, I used the question 'Return the Favor?' since I was her Maid of Honor.)  I then had the photo converted to a jigsaw puzzle.  Only about 30 pieces and an 8x10 so that the girls wouldn't need to 'see' an example to be able to put it together.  The surprise was putting the puzzle together to find the question.  (For reference, this site is where I purchased the 8x10" 30 piece puzzles from for $11.95 each)

Within the packages (I wrapped them and either personally delivered or mailed them) I included a small bouquet of silk flowers in my colors and using flowers I like and want to include in floral arrangments.  I told them in the note inside that this would give them some idea of what colors they'd be wearing and types of bouquets they'd have.

I finalized everything with a card I made out of scrapbook pages.  The card had a picture on the front with the question, a poem I customized typed inside and a hand written note telling them why I love them and why they're so special to me.

Ok, so a couple of them cried when they opened it...that's always the response I am looking for...tears or laughter!  For those of you who are interested, below is the poem I included:

The day, the dress
The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come soon

Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me

The Father will be watching
From up above
Pray that our ceremony
Is filled with Jesus' love!

But there's just one more thing
That there needs to be
And that's to have you
Standing with me!

So what do you think, brides?  Do you have any fun or unique ways that you did or will pop the question to your closest gal pals?

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I LOVE this poem! I want to use it.. I've found a little book that I was gonna custom make for each girl with pics of us and then have a poem or cute way of saying it at the end.. more details to come, you'll see :)

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