Quick: What's first on your wedding checklist? The date? The venue? Both sound a little stressful, no? A much more fun way to kick-off the festivities, according to the Internet, is the .
For the uninitiated, a bridesmaid proposal is the bride's opportunity to pop the question to her inner-most squad, i.e. the pals she wants in her wedding party. While the odds are good that they'll say yes, it's not a bad idea to sweet talk the wedding-party-to-be. After all, the average cost of being a bridesmaid clocks in — not to mention the intensive planning, crafting and complimenting involved.
How should one propose? Go with one of these adorable keepsakes, and your bridesmaids will no-doubt return the favor down the road.
She'll open the box to find a hand-pumped balloon with a special safety pin to pop it with — inside, a paper reads "Will you be my bridesmaid?" ($12, )
An easy way to win a future bridesmaid's heart: food. These cupcakes in a jar come with a spoon and special napkin, where she'll find the Big Question in pretty typeface.
It's impossible to say no to a bottle of vino. These sweet things allow you to write a special note to your bridesmaid-to-be — and you can save the drinking part for the next big day you share. (Perhaps when she gets engaged?) ($7, )
Just like you're going to want a little sip of champagne on the Big Day, your bridesmaid-to-be will probably want to do the same — and for all the fun festivities leading up to it. This thoughtful kit will take care of everything. Cheers!
You've already got the sparkly ring — now spread the love with a little jewelry for your bridesmaids. These sweet bow charm necklaces are like grown-up friendship bracelets. Perfection. ($11 each, )
If you want to tease out the big question, these cutesy jigsaws come in dozens of personalized versions, right down to the bride's hairstyle. ($22, )
Perfect for a friend you've known since childhood, a Ring Pop proposal brings the ultimate bridesmaid bling. ($5, )
You know those scratch-off lottery cards that your Aunt always gives you around the holidays — and you've never won a dollar? These adorable bridesmaid cards will make your friends feel like they've won the jackpot. ($4, )
Start the planning early with these floral-happy bridesmaid cards (you can also specify a maid or matron of honor). Everything from the dress color to the hair is customizable. ($27, )
If your bridesmaids have a special place in their heart for caffeine (don't we all), they'll appreciate this old-school Coke bottle proposal more than anything.