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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

How do you ask your gal pals to be your bridesmaid?

This might be one of the first questions you ask yourself after your honey has popped you the big question himself. Because after you’ve said “yes!”, chances are, you’ve bought dozens of bridal magazines and have been scouring Pinterest for the dress. But who will you share all of your ideas with? Who will you want with you when you find the dream dress? Your bridal party of course, and that means deciding who your bridesmaids will be.

Perhaps you’ve had your “list” for a long time, but how do you go about asking them? You definitely want it to be memorable! After all, this is a big moment and you only plan on doing this once. So let’s go ahead and get right down to it. How are you going to ask your best gal pals, the girls who have been with you through thick and thin, to be one of your bridesmaids? Well, you are in luck! We’ve got 8 oh-so-awesome ideas we can’t wait to share!

 8 Awesome Ideas On How To Ask Your Gal Pals To Be Your Bridesmaid

 1.) Name It!

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Whether presented in a group setting, or individually, handing a little white box with a bow over to one of your bffs is a very sweet gesture. Even better when opened and it’s a necklace made with their name. At first, she may look a little confused as to why she is receiving such a sweet gift, but we are sure she’ll put two and two together, especially when you ask her if she’s doing anything on the date of your wedding. She’ll be jumping for joy, and every time she wears it, will be reminded of the special occasion.

2.) Just A Little Trip…

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Speaking of using their name…Perhaps you’ve planned a girl’s trip. Just a quick getaway for the weekend, and you’re holding onto a few more bags than expected. Everyone gets to the house and you whip out monogramed totes packed full of your girl trip necessities. If you’re going to the beach, pack beach essentials, i.e. sunscreen, a small bottle of Evian spray water, and the latest Cosmopolitan. If you’re in wine country, pack up a wine score card, a few granola bars, and maybe a little travel bottle of ibuprofen. Either way, and based off of whatever theme of little girl’s trip you choose, have a little card in there as well asking them to be your bridesmaid. Your girls would be incredibly surprised, and now these totes have so much more meaning!

 3.) Sweet Sayings

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That card that was put into the monogram tote or even attached to the little white box holding a necklace, can be one with a unique saying of your own and made on Etsy. For those of us who still put pictures up on the fridge, your bridesmaids will be able to put up their own sweet card, along with some darling words written by you, on their fridge for all to see. In today’s world, we might forget the power a thoughtful card has on us, and with this charming gesture, we are certainly reminded of it. Simple, sweet, and definitely tried and true.

4.) Cup Of Coffee?

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We are definitely lovers of coffee over here at Lulakate, and when popping the question to a friend if they’ll be a bridesmaid, coffee seems like a great idea. Meet your gal pal for a coffee, but while she isn’t looking, hand the barista your hand painted coffee cup with the words “I can’t say ‘I Do’ without you!” and when they call her name, she is totally blown away.

 5.) Picture This…

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It is known that memories can be shared by taking pictures. Our thought would be to have a double picture frame with only one picture of the two of you inserted, leaving the other frame empty. Why you ask? And we are hoping your gal pal asks this too. Handing a picture over to her, a look would come across her face, slightly confused as to why only one side is filled. This is when you get all giggly and ask if she’ll be one of your bridesmaids. Then, the other frame can be filled with this exact moment of her saying “duh, of course!” or of the two of you on the wedding day in your pretty dresses.

 6.) Throw A Brunch

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Party time! Find a day when all the girls you want to ask to be your bridesmaid are available. Design and plan a special brunch for them posing as a fun girl’s brunch. Can be at home in your backyard or in a restaurant, your choice, as long as you’re able to surprise them with a fully stocked mimosa bar! As everyone is getting to know each other and mingle with their mimosas in hand, have them sit down with a envelope with their names on their plate. Ask them to open their “Will you be my bridesmaid” cards and continue the party with a cheers to your bridesmaids. A great way for everyone to get to know each other and start sharing what your ideas are for the big day.

 7.) Pop The Balloon

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You see DIY boxes made for bridesmaids all the time, but this idea is super unique and fun. Definitely memorable, your future bridesmaid actually gets popped the question with this DIY Pop the Balloon Kit! Customize by choosing your colors and what you want your secret message to say. Very easy to make and quite inexpensive.

 8.) Lovely Labels

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Let’s get the party started with these custom labeled champagne bottles! Even if you’re just casually meeting up with your girl and hand her this bottle, you can still make it a special moment by sharing in the fun by having a glass of champagne to toast. She can then keep the bottle if she likes and perhaps use it as a flower vase.

With all of these ideas, we are 100% sure, that whomever, and however, you ask your gal pals to be your bridesmaid, they will be grateful and so excited to participate in making all of your bridal dreams come true. We only hope to have inspired you to make this a special moment you and your bffs can treasure for many many years to come.

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Credits on Lulakate Bridesmaids Lookbook:

Lulakate Bridesmaids Lookbook:

Photography by Kat Harris

Styling by Beth Chapman Styling

Florals by Hana Floral

Hair & Makeup by AbpMakeup

Bio: Lulakate is a bridesmaid brand with a modern twist on classic styles. Made in the USA, we are founded by Katherine McDonald, owner and founder of our big sister, Kate McDonald Bridal. We believe in love, happiness, and lots of color. It’s not about following the trend, but establishing the new classic. It’s about dressing your best friends in something happy. It’s about being surrounded by love and friendship on your wedding day. It’s about finding the perfect bridesmaid dress.

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Styling your wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

In the middle of planning the details and double checking each and every logistic, we always love to pause with brides and grooms to talk about their wedding party’s style. Similar to choosing a wedding venue, deciding upon the attire your bridesmaids and groomsmen will wear is largely determined by your wedding’s style, color palette, and overall personality.

In order to achieve a look that you, your love, and your closest family members and friends will love (don’t forget they’re wearing it for the day!), we thought we would offer our best styling tips.

How To Style Your Wedding Party

From flowers to fashion and even formal photos, we are detailing five ways to style your wedding party beyond simply adding accessories below!

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All Neutral:

One of the biggest trends we have been seeing for a while is neutrals. This color palette (or lack thereof!) began as a way to allow tablescapes to have a completely fresh style and simultaneously provide a welcome opportunity to add pops of color. Now the trend has extended into dresses for your ‘maids! Consider opting for ivory gowns because it creates a beautiful look when paired with your ivory or white wedding dress. To keep the palette even more neutral, look to bouquets that solely feature ivory and white blooms paired with greenery. The look is fresh and always chic, plus it can transition into just about any wedding style!

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Mix & Match:

By now, you have either heard of the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend or you have been part of it. We loved the dresses these ‘maids wore because they all featured the same peach color palette and floor length style while still being ever so slightly different. Plus, the maid of honor stood out right away in her floral gown that kept the same length and color palate in mind. Always keep the season and your wedding’s style at the forefront when choosing your dresses. The slight breeze on this wedding day (and the bridesmaids’ joy!) made the dresses look even more appropriate and garden party ready!Leo Patrone Photography

Flower Girls Wear Crowns:

Whether she’s a friend’s daughter or your niece, your flower girl is likely going to be the youngest member of your bridal party. Throughout all of the weddings we have designed and planned, we have learned flower girls fall into one of two categories: really excited or fighting nerves. In order to make her feel more confident (and not have to worry about tossing petals as she walks down the aisle), we love suggesting flower crowns! Flower crowns always a sweet way to add color to your flower girl’s all white look, plus she will feel like a princess. It is also highly likely she will not take her flower crown off at all throughout the night, so she will always stand out.

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Add Props:

Whether it is a classic truck or a whimsical bicycle, look to your venue to add an extra pop to your bridal party photos. As a tip, these photos do not have to feel formal! The bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls rode in a truck to the rustic farm ceremony, so it made perfect sense to feature the vehicle again. We love that this added element offered a nod to the setting, plus it created additional ways for the ladies to naturally stand and lean in ways that made them look and feel completely relaxed. We also have to add how much we adored the bridesmaids looks as a whole! They wore chiffon skirts paired with lace tops, and we loved the differing colors and textures.

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Formally Candid:

For this wedding, the bride and groom carefully chose their wedding party’s classically formal looks. The bridesmaids wore neutral floor length gowns, and the groomsmen wore black and white tuxedos. When thinking about their bridal party portraits with their photographer, we all knew we wanted to feature their style but we also wanted to highlight each person’s personality. The team quickly agreed that asking some of the ladies and gents to sit while others stood and surrounded the bride and groom was the best option! The resulting photo is both formal and completely candid, plus we love that we can see the gorgeously colorful bouquets even more in this setup. Tip: make sure you have beautiful chairs on hand because they do play a role! Chiavari chairs are always a great option.

Tell us, where are you getting married, and how is your venue inspiring your bridal party’s style? Make sure to leave a comment below.

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About The Styled Bride: The Styled Bride specializes in working with engaged couples to explore and find their wedding aesthetic while they collaborate with our Wedding Director to make sure all of the moving parts are taken care of. Whether you are the first to get married or have watched friends walk down the aisle before you, planning a wedding is time consuming and sometimes stressful.  We believe having someone help you isn’t a luxury; it just makes sense.

Wedding planning and styling is who we are. We are your biggest advocate while we help you enjoy the process along the way. We allow you to relax as we handle all the details. While we will present and guide you with innovative options for your event from the start, always remember that the final decision will be yours. Visit The Styled Bride today.

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