I can’t say “I do” without you

Arguably, one of the most important aspects in the build up to the wedding & something that can either help you immensely or cause you a heck load of extra hassle is the bridal party. The decision of who to ask is a tough one (I’ve written all about it in “Bridesmaids, Bridesmaids & More Bridesmaids” but once you decide who you want to bestow the honour upon, how do you ask them?

I had so many ideas: personalised wine glasses, little hampers of goodies with a note or piece of jewellery, t-shirts, one of my friends even asked her bridal party using little notes in tiny bottles (super cute!) In the end I asked in three different ways.

Method 1 (asking my maid of honour): I decided very early on that really the only option for my maid of honour would be my twin sister. Initially, I was going to ask her using a personalised champagne glass. However, whilst browsing Not On the Highstreet I came across the perfect plan, or so I thought.. a very plain mug with “will you be my maid of honour?” written in tiny letters on the inside.

I remember being so excited. Foolproof. Katie, my twin, often goes through phases of giving up alcohol but I have never EVER known her to give up tea.

I think I invited her over to my house 3 times in one week to try and give her the blasted mug. But with no success. It turns out this mug was not the only mug, no, I was being made a mug of too. The one time she did come over she didn’t want a hot drink! In the end it took a cunning plan, involving my mother throwing away her freshly made cup of tea “by accident” and me bringing her a fresh one in the new mug.

Luckily, after all this effort, she cried tears of happiness. If she hadn’t I might have had to take the mug back to give it to someone else!

Method 2 (asking the rest of my bridal party): Paying for a wedding is expensive so unfortunately I couldn’t buy everyone their own mug (and there was no way I was going through that drama again!) so for the rest of my bridal party I chose/made each of them an individual card that reflected their personality. I would have loved to get them all a little hamper of goodies but with 7 bridesmaids (not including my MoH,) 3 flower girls and a page boy it just wasn’t possible. Instead I went for the thoughtful but doesn’t break the bank approach!

*I apologise for the language of the following card..*

Method 3 (the spontaneous method): One of my bridesmaids moved to Bristol just before I started planning the wedding properly and so I ended up asking her in a very spontaneous way at our Engagement party.

I think the strategy of “what do you think of this caption for our beautiful Snapchat?” was used.

For the life of me, I do not know why I do such cringey things but at least it’s a story to tell!

So there you have it, how I asked my girls (and boy) to be by my side on the most important day of my life. The perfectionist in me wishes I’d done it all on-theme, wrapped in Instagram worthy little ribbons but I did it with love and have a couple of little stories to tell along the way.

How did you ask your bridal party? I’d love to hear your stories.

Love, Anna xox

to follow the build up to our big day: follow my blog, follow me on insta @life.with.saskiaevangeline, on Twitter @lifewithsassy or on Facebook Life with Saskia Evangeline or search #GladwishWedding on any of those. I appreciate every single follow, like and comment I get!

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