By Amy Gorin
Looking for ideas for a will-you-be-my-best-man gift? Or how about groomsman proposal ideas? These ways to ask groomsmen are thoughtful, heartfelt, and personal.
It’s no secret that I love to make things and will accept almost any opportunity to craft! So I volunteered my DIY services to Lawrence when it came time to propose to his groomsmen. He gladly accepted.
I used a similar concept for these be-my-best-man ideas that I used for the maid of honor box and bridesmaid boxes I made.
But of course I made the asking-groomsmen proposal boxes and will-you-be-my-best-man box more masculine!
I said "yes" to Lawrence's sweet proposal back in November. He then proposed to his wedding party at our engagement party in March. No matter who you're asking to take part in your wedding day, you'll want to make the proposal special.
Because you may be on a wedding budget, I’m including what I spent on the DIY best man proposal box and each of the groomsmen gifts, plus the links for everything I purchased.
I hope you find these ideas helpful, and I'd love for you to add your own ideas (including any will-you-be-my-best-man ideas!) to this post in the comments section.
What to Put in Each Gift Box
When it comes to groomsmen proposal ideas, I wanted each gift to be a little different so it would suit the unique interests and personalities of each member of the wedding party.
But the overall look of each box was the same, and here are the supplies I used to create the base for each box:
When it comes to asking groomsmen to be in your wedding, some sort of box is required. I found plain black photo boxes and used watercolor pens to write out all the guys’ names on card stock. I then glued the names onto the boxes.
I found super cute designs on Amazon. The proposal stickers are meant to be stuck onto liquor bottles, but I attached them onto the inside of the boxes. When a groomsman opened the box, he was proposed to!
I bought a giant bag of tissue paper and used this as the base for each box. Because I wanted to “fill up” space at the bottom of the box, I placed crumpled-up plastic grocery bags underneath the tissue paper.
Ring Pops, Hershey's Kisses, and Hershey's Hugs
Unique Groomsmen Gift Ideas
Next up is the part of the will-you-be-my groomsman ideas that are unique to each guy. The great groomsmen will love receiving unique gifts.
This is a no brainer for a groomsman proposal, right? Lawrence's best man, Tom, loves Fireball and Jameson, so he got little bottles of each in his be-my-best-man box. Whatever your guys love, get a bottle of their favorite alcohol. I paired the alcohol with little shot glasses. No doubt these shot glasses will make it to the bachelor party! FYI that while I picked up the bottles at a local liquor store, you can also buy smaller liquor bottles online.
I saw this little shaker and thought it would make a cute addition to one of the guy's boxes!
Tom loves beer. When I saw this reusable beer cooler, I thought he would love it. And he did. When Tom opened his will-you-be-my-best-man gift, he said, "it's a box of all my favorite things!" I thought about also including a cute bottle opener with the groomsman gift, and you totally could, but I know that Tom already has one.
When it came to thinking of asking-groomsmen ideas, I had some alcohol-free visions up my sleeve. Kode doesn't drink, so Lawrence and I thought of the candy jar idea together. We filled a glass jar with Werther's candies. For Frank, we filled a candy jar with caramel creams, as well.
Tea and Honey
I wanted every box to contain a celebratory beverage. So for Kode, I added caffeine-free herbal tea and mini honey jars. The honey is from the United Kingdom, where Lawrence and I will be getting married.
What's coffee without a mug to go with it? I like how the message of this mug literally is "happy" but that it still looks masculine. The Rae Dunn line also makes adorable "Dad" mugs and "good morning" mugs.
Kode enjoys traveling (and we are having a destination wedding), so I thought he would enjoy a travel-inspired journal.
Staying on Budget with the Gift Ideas
All in all, each proposal box cost an average of $39. That's not so bad for asking your best man and your closest friends to be a part of your wedding!
More Groomsmen Proposal Gift Ideas
If you need even more gift ideas for the big day proposal, here you go!
Our bridal party consists of one best man, two groomsmen, and one female groomsman. I made Tara’s box a cross between a bridesmaid proposal box and a groomsman proposal box. I'll be sharing the contents of her box soon.
Supplies to Make Each Gift Set
Here are the supplies I bought to make each of the groomsmen proposal ideas, as well as the will-you-be-my-best-man box:
- Memory Box from Michaels*
- Watercolor Brush Pens from Amazon
- Glue Sticks from Amazon
- Card Stock Paper from Amazon
- "Will You Be My Groomsman?" sticker pack from Amazon
- Tissue Paper from Amazon
- Icy Bev Kooler from Amazon
- Dessert Shot Glasses from Dollar Tree*
- Single Martini Cocktail Shaker from Amazon
- Travel Notebook from Amazon
- Numi Hibiscus Tea from Amazon
- Glass Jar with Lid from Amazon
- Werther's Original Caramel from Target (also sold in bulk on Amazon)
- Goetze's Caramel Creams from Amazon
- Mini Honey Pots from local artisan food store*
- Starbucks Breakfast Blend ground coffee from Amazon
- Rae Dunn mug from TJMaxx
- Mini Jameson from local liquor store
- Mini Fireball from local liquor store
- Mini Grey Goose from local liquor store
- Mini Tito's from local liquor store
- Ring Pops from Dollar Tree (they're also sold in bulk on Amazon)
- Pink Hershey's Kisses from Amazon
- Red Hershey's Hugs from Amazon
*If you'd like to do all your shopping in one place, here are similar items I found on Amazon:
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I'd love to hear from you! What ideas do you have for a groomsmen proposal ideas or a will-you-be-my-best-man gift? Have you or your significant other received a heartfelt best-man proposal box? How did you pop the question and add a personal touch or two?
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