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How to Ask Your BFF to be a Bridesmaid

One of the first tasks to complete when you’ve gotten engaged is to choose your bridal party! Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honor and should be treated as such. Here are some fun ways you can ask your girls to stand by your side on your wedding day!

Before asking your girls to be your bridesmaids, you have to decide who to ask! Get tips on compiling and narrowing down your list with this blog.

I can’t say “I Do” without you!

Not only does this phrase make your friends feel loved and appreciated, but it can even help you narrow down your list! If you can’t decide whether or not some friends should be asked to be a bridesmaid or just invited to your wedding, ask yourself this question. Can you imagine your wedding day without them by your side? If you can’t, they should definitely be a bridesmaid!

Put this phrase on a card and write a note about your friendship. Reminisce about your inside jokes, the first time you met, and how much you’ve been through. Include some photos and end with this phrase asking them to be your bridesmaid. They’re sure to shed a tear! You could also buy candles and print your own labels or paint an ornament!

Bridesmaid | Erich McVey Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Erich McVey Photography

I can’t tie the knot without you!

Similar to I can’t say “I Do” without you, you can easily change the words for a different set of gifts! Using the common phrase “tie the knot” is perfect when gifting your friends with hair ties, a necklace in the shape of a bow, or knot earrings!

Found my man, got the ring, now I just need one more thing.

This phrase is perfect for a fabulous bride who has a little sass and a whole lot of plans. You’re checking things off your to-do list, and realized you can’t do this without your girls! Place a delicious donut (or any other sweet treat!) in a box and seal it with this quote on a sticker! Or, get custom tumblers or cups made. You can even make your own mug by writing this quote on it with a permanent marker and baking it at 350 degrees to seal it!

I don’t have a date, and I don’t know where. One thing I do know is you better be there!

Bridesmaid | Klodt Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Klodt Photography

If you have a friend who knows how to have a good and brings life to any party, this phrase is for her! You know your wedding day wouldn’t be complete without her. Customize a wine glass or flask with this phrase or their name! They’ll think of the fun they had helping you plan your wedding every time they use it and can even use it AT the wedding! Another fun and thoughtful idea is to buy their favorite wine and cover the label with your own custom label.

He popped the question, now it’s my turn.

Though this is the only phrase that doesn’t rhyme, it’s still uber adorable! Throwback to childhood days where you used to play bride with a Ring Pop! Or take it a step further by making them physically pop a balloon! It can be filled with confetti and glitter, little notes, photos, and candies. If you want to go all out, you can present them with a Bridesmaid Box filled with goodies. You can include nail polish, small champagne bottles, candles, bath bombs, jewelry for the wedding, a hangover cure, or anything we mentioned elsewhere in this blog!

Can’t marry my mister without my sister.

If you’re asking your sister or soon-to-be sister-in-law to be a bridesmaid or maid-of-honor, their gift should stand out from the other bridesmaids’ gifts. Purchase a tote that they can use to pack for your wedding, travel for your bachelorette party, or pack in all the decorations for your bridal shower! Add their name or initials to make it even more special. Other options are a makeup bag or bridesmaid/maid-of-honor/team bride shirts to wear to all of your wedding planning errands and bridal shows!

Bridesmaid | BCR Studios by Brad | As seen on TodaysBride.com

BCR Studios by Brad


Use each phrase on a different bridesmaid or choose one that encompasses all your friends! We suggest getting everyone the same thing (although you can mix things up for your maid-of-honor) so no one fights over gifts.

There are so many fun and unique ways to ask your girls to stand by you on the biggest day of your life. Use one of these ideas, come up with your own creative way, or browse our favorite Pinterest ideas to show them what their friendship means to you.

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