A few years ago, bridesmaid proposals weren’t really ‘a thing’, but now popping the question to your besties is a big part of the wedding prep.
With this in mind, I wanted to ask my bridesmaids to be a part of my big day by using some of my favourite Scottish suppliers – and they did not disappoint!
I always knew my sister, Beth, would be my maid of honour and I’m lucky to have Brian’s brother’s girlfriend, Lucy, and my besties, Vic and Yasmin, in my life as I knew they would be a massive support in the wedding run-up and I couldn’t imagine my big day without them being my bridesmaids.
With this in mind, I wanted them all to have a lovely present when I asked them the big bridesmaid question.
BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL CALLIGRAPHY
The first boss lady I knew I had to get in touch with was Christina, owner of Laila Lettering.
This talented calligrapher is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met at events and I love all her work.
She kindly worked with me to personalise marbled notebooks I picked up and she sourced me the beautiful boxes I displayed everything in, complete with her iconic script for each of my bridesmaids.
For anything personalised, you can check out Christina’s Instagram @lailalettering (her new website is coming soon).
BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL BANGLES
A Scottish-based accessory brand I came across via Instagram, I instantly fell in love with Daydream Bangles’ pretty quote bangles.
The team sent me out my own two bangles earlier last year and I knew my bridesmaids would love them too.
Each bridesmaid got a different quote, all in the beautiful grey mini bags they come with.
Such a gorgeous brand – check them out at daydreamjewellery.com.
BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL GIN
If you read my engagement post here, you’ll know Brian and I picked up some drinks from M&S in Malta for a little park picnic – and mine was a pink G&T.
Everytime I see that little can on the M&S shelves, it makes me smile back to that day so I thought it was a cute touch to include them in my bridesmaid proposals too!
TOP TIPS WHEN PLANNING YOUR BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL
1. GIFT WISELY
There are so many things you could buy, with loads of websites selling everything you could ever think of, but don’t just buy for the sake of it.
Gift things your bridesmaids can actually use instead of buying loads of bits that will end up at the back of a drawer.
2. MAKE IT AN OCCASION
I asked all my bridesmaids near Christmas time and, for each of them, I made it a little event which just felt so special.
It was a festive night in with Beth that I gave her her box, a cute day out to Halloumi Glasgow for food and drinks when I asked Lucy and our annual Christmas dinner at Vic’s that I gave her and Yasmin their little proposal gifts.
Making it a nice little day out means plenty of time for celebratory prosecco!
3. PLAN AHEAD
Rounding up your besties can be difficult so make sure to get a date in the diary and decide how you want to ask them.
It took me a few months of going back and forward to find the suppliers and right dates to ask them.
4. A PERSONAL TOUCH
Whether you go down the calligraphy route like I did or get one of your fave pics together framed, I think it’s the perfect time to really put a little personal touch on the proposal and give something they can keep forever.
5. CAPTURE THE MOMENT
I’m still so glad I managed to get pictures with all my bridesmaids after I asked them; they’re photos I’ll treasure always so make sure to remember to get a snap of the happy moments.