It’s a growing tradition to do something more when asking your friend to be your bridesmaid or maid of honour, and ideas range from a simple card to a luxury gift hamper. Below, we’ve pulled together just 20 of the best bridesmaid proposal ideas to ask, “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”, complete with a treasure trove of bridesmaid gift ideas that are also perfect for birthdays or Christmas.
1) A gift bag
Fill a trendy “Team Bride” gift bag with mini prosecco and gold foil straws and a mini set of spa essentials that includes soothing bath salts, a glittering gold nail buffer, and nail polish. The perfect way to pamper your bridesmaid-to-be!
Also great as an on-the-big-day bridesmaid gift, the below personalised “Bridesmaid” tote bag can be filled with a miniature bottle of rosé, a mini notebook, hand and body balm, bath salts, and a pretty accessory like our vintage floral napkin ring (which can double as a cute way of holding a bunch of flowers together).
Confetti offers a wide variety of gift bags that can be personalised, and which may match your wedding/hen party/bridal shower theme such as the below Modern Floral Canvas Bag (shown with one of our beautiful Pink Floral Watercolour Dressing Gowns).
Other mini gift ideas include the below-featured metallic silver and gold confetti push-pop, “I Do Crew” headband, “Little Notes” note book, and gold glitter heart favour bag of sweets put together in a black XOXO canvas tote bag with jumbo white and gold confetti.
2) A gift basket
A gift basket would be the perfect little gift for your younger bridesmaids/flower girls, as the basket itself could be the very one they use to scatter petals down the aisle on your wedding day. Fill the basket out with a smaller gift, such as an “Our Special Flower Girl” or “Our Special Bridesmaid” necklace.
However, the below Metal Shabby Chic and Rustic Wire baskets are so beautiful that they could be gifted to absolutely anyone of any age, and they’re so versatile that we can see them being used as anything from organisation space to quirky plant pots or garden features afterwards.
Browse some beautiful flower girl gifts in our shop.
3) A birdcage
A birdcage may seem a somewhat unusual way of presenting gifts to your bridesmaid-to-be, but there’s no denying that the result will be very striking. Just look at our beautiful “Birds in Flight” and “Conservatory Style” birdcages below.
4) A big gift box
Depending on how much time and money you’re willing to pay to pop the question to your bridesmaids, a gift box can very easily become something of a gift hamper. Hanson and Hopewell, as seen below, craft stunning, luxury gift boxes for brides and brides-to-be, but we think they’d work perfectly for bridesmaids too.
Not too dissimilar from a tried-and-tested gift bag, a gift box is a big opportunity to go DIY crazy. Options include paper origami boxes or wooden chests (which you may be able to make yourself if you’re particularly arts-and-craftsy), crates, or ready-bought, highest quality, patterned cardboard boxes. Fill with a handful of little gifts that will treat your bridesmaid-to-be or help her prepare for her role as bridesmaid.
Below, we put together a chic “For My Bridesmaid” premium gift box complete with a “Bridesmaid” headband, “Lattes and Sunny Days” personalised coffee mug, floral print sunglasses, compact mirror, lip balm, and “Mwah” pocket box for little bits and bobs, finished with a sprinkle of “Bright Summer Mix” pink, green, and blue jumbo party confetti.
Also featured above: a “For My Groomsman” premium gift box featuring metallic gold sunglasses, gold nautical anchor bottle opener, flask, mixed metallics jumbo party tissue confetti in white, gold, silver, and black, and a bottle of beer with a personalised, metallic gold foil label.
Below we have a gift box that’s pretty in pink and gold that contains a blush pink “Blissful Blooms” kimono robe, personalised “Bride Tribe” coffee mug, “Minimergency” kit, small gold “Bridesmaid” pocket box, miniature rose gold easel photo frame, gold heart “XO” bottle opener, and personalised faux leather luggage tag.
Because we love pink, white, and gold, we also put together the below “Bride Tribe” box filled with a rose gold, “Modern Floral” personalised jewellery box, metallic silver and gold confetti push-pop, “Modern Floral” compact mirror, chocolate bar with personalised candy wrapper, and mini bottle of prosecco with metallic gold straw, all finished off with a personalised card.
Another gift box alternative for a bridesmaid-to-be is a box full of must-haves or pamper products for the day of the wedding. Below, we used one of our ornate, vintage boxes and filled it with on-the-day essentials complete with a card reading:
“Please help yourself.
We’re so happy you’re sharing our special day,
But just in case something should go astray,
Please help yourself to the contents within,
Hairspray, wipes, lotion, even aspirin!”
Furthermore, for a lovely pink, white, and gold packaging idea, check out the below “Pretty Packaging” DIY by our sister company in Canada, Wedding Star.
5) A smaller gift box
As demonstrated in our Perfect Bridesmaids Gift Boxes DIY, even miniature gift boxes can make a real statement. We used a decorative, vintage-style box to hold a lovely vintage necklace on a bed of lace, a selection of teas, and an in-case-of-emergency selection that included printed tissues tied with a satin bow, mini perfume, mini scented hand sanitizer, fruity lip balm, facial wipes, cotton swabs tied with a satin bow, nail file and buffer, nail clippers and tweezers, nail glue, floral printed mini scissors, and jewel-tipped hair pins tied with a stain bow. Adding in a miniature sewing kit probably wouldn’t go amiss either!
6) A jewellery box
One of the most popular presentation options is to use a simple and very beautiful jewellery box (whether you want to fill it with jewellery or not). We love our rose gold personalised jewellery box with “Modern Floral” print, square glass box with “Modern Floral” etching, and large rectangular “Modern Floral” glass box with sparkle fabric shown below, and you can browse dozens more on our Jewellery Boxes and Holders page.
7) An acrylic tray
An acrylic tray may sound a little overly simplistic, and on its own it might be. If you add something more to it however it becomes a very beautiful, unique presentation option. Below we used our personalised, square “Modern Floral” foiled print acrylic tray with a personalised “Twisted Stem” champagne glass, large stemless wine glass, and scalloped-edge paper coasters. Then we also put together our rectangular “Modern Floral” tray with “Hello Gorgeous” paper napkins and a gold geometric flower centrepiece (which can also be used as a candle holder…with a personalised scented candle perhaps?).
8) A message in a bottle
We love the below twist on a classic “message in a bottle” (such as our guest book alternative of the same name here)—in our “Pretty Packages For Your Bridesmaids” DIY we combined a matte gold circle tag necklace with a piece of lace and put them together in a miniature glass bottle with cork stopper.
Other easily-personalised pieces of jewellery include the below vertical rectangle tag necklaces (with classic serif or script font) that you can either inscribe with your bridesmaid’s name or a simple, “Bridesmaid.”
Another take on this “message in a bottle” however is these beautiful personalised pocket watch ring boxes (available in gold or rose gold) which will work just as beautifully when used as a presentation box for your bridesmaid-to-be.
9) A tiny locket
More traditional than a message in a bottle or a pocket watch, we love the simplicity of a simple, small locket that you can present in a box lined with soft fabric. The silver filigree locket below comes with a “scent dot” that you can infuse with perfume for a delicious long-lasting scent, but we love the idea of swapping that for a rolled up piece of paper reading, “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” or “Will You Be My Maid of Honour?”
10) A balloon
Balloons make for incredibly easy but effective ways to propose to your bridesmaids, as you can simply blow them up with a ready-written “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” message or write it yourself before you present it to your bridesmaid-to-be. Alternatively, you can present the deflated balloon (with a card) to your bridesmaid for her to inflate and read your proposal, or even opt for the growing trend where the receiver must pop the balloon for the note to fall out in a shower of confetti. (For this last option, you could even combine your balloon proposal with a gift box so that, when the box is opened, your balloon floats out—just make sure the balloon is anchored to the box so it doesn’t fly away).
11) A handkerchief
Proving that simplicity can be beautiful, we love the idea of a personalised handkerchief.
12) A book
Whether it’s a straight-forward notebook for the budding writer or in preparation for your bridesmaid-to-be’s duties on your special day, books are very flexible gift ideas.
Featured below: Ivory Linen “Note Book” Pocket Journal with Metallic Gold Twine and Small “Modern Floral” Personalised Bookmark on top of a Glitzy Gold Sequin Table Runner |Ivory Linen “Little Notes” Pocket Journal | Personalised “Natural Charm” Book Style Note Pad with Rustic Wooden Pencils, “Natural Charm” Favour Tag and Craft Paper Twine.
Other ideas we love are fold-out booklets that could contain anything from bridesmaid duties to a personal poem or record of happiest memories…and if you’re incredibly arts-and-craftsy, just look at the brilliant hand-folded book art below where the book pages have been folded in such a way that it creates the word “Bridesmaid”. Wow!
13) A personalised music collection
Sticking with the incredibly DIY-friendly, personalised gifts, give your bridesmaid-to-be a CD full of the songs you love to listen to together. Alternatively, give the music-lover a personalised music box that plays a beautiful rendition of “All You Need is Love” and doubles as a small jewellery box. Perhaps you can include a USB stick full of music?
14) A plant
Another simple but beautiful gift is a small plant, but you can also never go wrong with a beautiful bunch of flowers—we adore these cute little succulents, shown below, that are each planted in a personalised shot glass.
15) A sweet treat
Food offers perhaps the broadest ideas for gifts, for proposing to your bridesmaid with a cute homemade (or pre-made) cake or pie with “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” written across it in icing or jam is a relatively easy thing to do that will still be a very enjoyable gift. Other ideas include a personalised fortune cookie or mason jar full of treats.
Featured below: “Will you Be My Bridesmaid?” Cupcake Toppers by ChicaSunshineShop on Etsy | Pretty cupcakes from Lola’s Cupcakes, “Sweetie Pies” Mini Pie Packaging Kits with purple Plain Ribbon | A Mini Mason Jar with homemade yoghurt.
Find more sweet treat ideas in our Sweet Wedding Favours DIY, including a delightful little candy cone.
Combine your foodie treats with pretty plates and accessories like our below-featured pink rose floral paper plates and classic gold cake forks, or even a pretty little favour box like our floral garden favour box.
Prosecco and rosé have featured in a number of our gift bags and gift boxes, and that’s because a bottle of alcohol is a very easy, very popular gift idea. But not only that—they’re also very easy to personalise.
Featured below: wine bottles with Personalised Labels (Vintage Lace and Fanciful Monogram), Vintage Key Bottle Stopper, Love Knot Bottle Stopper, Wine-Bottle-Shaped Corkscrew (with “Bistro Bliss” Rectangular Label), Large, Personalised, Stemless Wine Glass, and “Love Letter” Ceremony Box Set.
To complete your gift of alcohol, you may even want to add little extras such as the below-featured personalised, stemless wine glass in large and small, wooden beer bottle caddy with bottle opener, round and square cork coasters finished with a personalised “Free Spirit” arrow monogram ink stamp and white ribbon, or a round, rose gold flask.
We particularly love the idea of putting snacks or drinks together in another take on a gift box, such as the one below.
Featured below: Pink Flamingo Bottle Stopper, Small Faux succulent Plant, Personalised Mason Jar Drinking Glass with Candy Striped Paper Straw, sweet-filled Favour Box with Tag and white Plain Ribbon, Light Blue Sunglasses, Multicolour Pom Pom Tassel, and a bottled drink with a Personalised Bottle Label.
17) A mug or glass
Yet another very pretty but very simple gift is a personalised mug, cup, or glass, stein, or tumbler that you can, if you want, add little bits to like your bridesmaid’s favourite brand of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
Other mugs and tumblers include the below-featured personalised, modern stemless flute with silver ombre fade, copper mug with monogram personalisation, copper beer stein with monogram personalisation, “Best Bridesmaid Ever” personalised coffee mug, and “Bridesmaid for a day, Best Friend for life”, mug.
You don’t have to stick with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate however—consider small “stocking fillers” such as those shown below.
Featured below: Mini Gold Pineapple Photo Frame, “Colourful Mix” Pom Pom Push-Pop, Navy Foil “Let’s Sail Away” Playing Cards, Tiny Tote Cotton Favour Bag with Lip Balm and a Small Acrylic Crystal Garland, Bottled Drink with a Personalised Bottle Label, or a Portable “I Do Crew” Wine Glass.
18) A puzzle
A very sweet way to ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” is a little puzzle, whether that’s a small jigsaw, a scratch-card, a crossword, etc.
If you wanted to try your hand at making your own, our wooden heart jigsaw (while usually used as a guest book) comes as a blank slate for you to add to if you’re particularly arty.
19) A set of nightwear
A gorgeous personalised kimono or pyjama set makes for a beautiful gift that you may even want to feature in your getting-ready photos on the morning of your wedding (and they come in a range of sizes to suit both your older and younger bridesmaids-to-be). Confetti even offer the cutest animal-inspired bathrobes for your smallest bridesmaids and/or flower girls.
Featured below: Blue Floral Watercolour Dressing Gown and Periwinkle Blue Silky Kimono Robe | Pink Watercolour Floral Pyjama Shorts Set and White Silky Pyjama Shorts Set | Pink Unicorn, Grey Elephant, Hipster Fox, and Yellow Duck Hooded Bathrobe/Dressing Gowns.
20) A simple card
Finally, the easiest way of all besides a quick conversation with your bridesmaid-to-be: a card as simple or lavish as you want, with or without a trinket to go along with it. And while these can be used on their own we like the idea of combining a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” card with any of the above 19 ideas too.
Featured below: “Will you Be My Bridesmaid?” Square Tag with a Matte Gold Circle Tag Necklace and Metallic Gold Twine | XOXO Rectangular Tag with a Matte Gold Bracelet with Gemstone Charm | “My Best Day Ever includes you,” Thank You Card with a Matte Gold Double Heart Necklace | A “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” Card with Silver Bracelet.
Alternatives to cards are limited only by your imagination. Consider chalk boards and everyday dried leaves!
Featured below: Medium Chalkboard Sign with White Frame, Vegan/Faux Leather Jewellery Box with Monogram Emboss, Matte Gold Bracelet with Gemstone Charm, Gold Glitter Heart Favour Bag, and White and Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti | Autumn Leaf Place Cards by Kari Me Photography.
We think it’d be a really cool idea to combine your “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” card with a fun or meaningful quote too, like the below:
1 ) Be my wing lady.
2 ) Cry with me.
3 ) Support me.
4 ) Keep me calm.
5 ) Help me pee.
6 ) Make me smile.
7 ) No drama.
8 ) Enjoy yourself.
Definition of a true friend:
Someone who is as excited for your wedding day as you are.
Add some extra wow to your “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”gifts by presenting them with things like glitter or throwing confetti, stripped paper, ribbons, artificial flowers, pretty rocks or crystals, and decorative pearls.
Featured below: Rose Gold Geometric Glass Terrarium Ring Box | “Woodland Pretty” Acrylic Wedding Ring Box | White and Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti | Metallic Gold and Silver Push-Pop Confetti | “Modern Floral” Small, Square Glass Jewellery Box with Rose Gold Edges | “Modern Floral” Designer Compact Mirror | Vintage Inspired Airmail Favour Box Kit.
Furthermore, think about how to set the scene when you pop the question to your bridesmaids: while you could deliver your gift/proposal by post and have it be a surprise, other brides-to-be may prefer to have a get-together with all of her bridesmaids-to-be in something like a party, picnic, afternoon tea, dinner, sleepover party, or even while enjoying a quiet hobby (like wine tasting!)
Get party ready with fun props and essentials such as the below: “Bride” and “Bridesmaid” Headbands | Pretty Pink and Gold Photo Booth Props | “Team Bride” Rose Gold Temporary Tattoos (also available in a packet with “Team Bride”, “Team Groom”, “Best Day Ever”, and “Love” tattoos) | Personalised Button-Down Shirt and Black Sunglasses.
Browse hundreds more gift ideas for him or for her in our shop.