By Amy Gorin
Wondering what to put in a bridesmaid box? What about a maid of honor box? If you're looking for cute ways to ask bridesmaids to be in your wedding, I have lots of bridesmaid proposal box ideas for you!
Saying yes to a sweet proposal: check. Handpicking the bridal party: check. Asking the "will you be our flower girl?" question: future check. Now, how to ask my dearest friends and family to be part of one of the most special days of my life?
When I was trying to figure out how to propose to bridesmaids, I Googled and Googled, "what to put in a bridesmaid box" and "how to ask your bridesmaids." I looked through so many Pinterest posts of other brides proposing to their bridal parties.
I saw pre-made be-my-bridesmaid ideas aplenty on Etsy, but I love to craft (and I think bridesmaids love handmaid gifts!) so DIY boxes seemed like the perfect way to go. I'm sharing with you how I created will-you-be-my-bridesmaid gift ideas that are unique to each of my bridesmaids—and how I did so on a budget! Yup, it was my turn to propose!
If you're wondering what to put in a bridesmaid box or a maid of honor box, including maid of honor proposal ideas, read on! I mainly shopped at Amazon, Michael's, and Dollar Tree for the contents of each bridesmaid gift box.
I'm sharing all the links below so you can make your own bespoke bridesmaid proposal boxes and maid of honor proposal box super easily!
As a bride to be, I'm very budget minded. So I'm sharing how I created these DIY would-you-be-my-bridesmaid proposal boxes for less than $40 each. Ready to find out what to put in a bridesmaid box?
What to Put in a Bridesmaid Proposal Box
I decided not to make all the DIY bridesmaid gifts the same because my girls have very different personalities and interests. However, I started with the same base for each box because some of the items I found are just too cute not to include! Here's what every box included:
I'd been eyeing these boxes long before I was engaged, and I thought they would make the perfect canvas for each bridesmaid invitation box. I really love that there's a slot on the front of each box in which to write each bridesmaid's name.
When I was hunting for DIY bridesmaid proposal ideas, I found these bridesmaid and maid of honor stickers. They're meant to be slapped onto wine bottles, but I thought they worked perfectly adhered to the inner lid of the memory boxes.
These bracelets are so pretty and come in silver, gold, and rose gold. Each one has a pendant engraved with each bridesmaid's first initial.
Diamond Lip Gloss
I was so excited when I found these. They were the perfect addition to each will-you-be-my-bridesmaid gift set. I also think these diamond cosmetic jars are adorable. You could put anything from gloss to candy in them!
Diamond Ring Confetti
I'd purchased diamond ring party toothpicks for our engagement party (check out my post on how to have an engagement party on a budget). I set a few aside before the party and removed the toothpicks so I could add oversized confetti to the boxes.
Ring Pops, Hershey's Kisses, and Hershey's Hugs
Personalizing the Bridesmaid Gifts
I decided to put a personalized gift in each box that's unique to the friend, plus a little something extra in the maid of honor proposal box. Here's what I decided on.
Hopefully this will help with your bridesmaid box ideas and to help you figure out what to put in a matron of honor proposal box.
Mini Sparkling Wine and Paper Straws
My original idea was to put mini bottles of alcohol in each of the boxes. But my sister doesn't drink, and my friend Diana likes tea more than wine. Deborah loves wine, but she wasn't able to attend our engagement party, and worried about shipping a glass bottle.
So only a couple of the girls ended up getting a bottle of bubbly! I picked mine up at a local liquor store, but you can get mini sparkling bottles online, like these adorable Francis Ford Coppola Mini Blanc de Blancs. I added paper straws for pizzazz. I also put a mini bottle in Tara's female groomsman proposal box!
Stemless Wine Glass
The next best thing to sparkling wine? An indestructible, on-the-go wine glass. I know that Deborah loves evening get togethers with girlfriends and wine, so I thought this was perfect for her.
I wanted to tie in a celebration beverage to each of the boxes. Pukka tea has personal meaning to Diana and I, since she was the one to introduce me to this British company years ago. She used to bring it back from her trips abroad for me, long before it was easily available in our own country!
For Janice, I chose a tea with a "balance" theme. One of Janice's choice exercises is yoga, and I figured a tea that could help bring additional center to her life would be appreciated.
My future sister-in-law, Sara, is more of a coffee than tea drinker so I included caramel-flavored Starbucks ground coffee in her box.
Because Janice traveled to attend both of our engagement parties, I wanted to add an additional gift to her maid of honor gift box as a sign of appreciation. I love that products from Global Goods are handmade by women who are working in sustainable jobs. And I figured that as maid of honor, she may find a journal useful!
Mande is a fan of bath bombs (and I think the mermaid tail is cute), so I added one to her bridesmaid proposal box.
More Bridesmaid Gift Ideas
Want even more ideas for what to add to a will-you-be-my-bridesmaid box? Here are additional ideas for what to add to your boxes to pop the question to your future bridesmaids:
- face mask
- hair ties
- bride tribe gear (T-shirts, hats, etc.)
- scented candle
- lip balms
- bridesmaid tote bag
- calendar of events for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc.
- color palette for your wedding day (if you know this already)
- contact info for your wedding party so that all the bridesmaids can connect for the big day!
All in all, I spent an average of about $37 per each bridesmaid proposal gift. And I got to repurpose the leftover diamond ring party picks, paper straws, and engagement favors from our engagement party!
Where to Buy Bridesmaid Box Supplies
Here are the supplies I bought to make each will-you-be-my-bridesmaid box super special and personalized:
- Decorative Memory Box from Michaels*
- "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" sticker pack from Amazon
- Feminine Colored Tissue Paper from Amazon
- Initial Tie the Knot Bracelet from Etsy*
- Diamond-Shaped Lip Gloss from Dollar Tree*
- Diamond Ring Party Picks from Amazon
- 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
- Pukka Herbal Tea from Amazon
- Numi Organic Holistic Tea from Amazon
- Starbucks Caramel Ground Coffee from Target (sold in bulk on Amazon)
- Martini & Rossi Sparkling Wine from a local liquor store
- Mionetto Cuvée Rosé from a local liquor store
- Paper Straws from Amazon
- BruMate UnCork'd Wine Glass from Amazon
- Rae Dunn Shine Mug from TJ Maxx (also sold on Amazon)
- Natural Dyed Journal from Amazon
- Mermaid Bath Bomb from Dollar Tree*
*If you'd like to do all your shopping in one place, here are similar items I found on Amazon:
Each of my girls really liked their DIY bridesmaid gifts. Also check out how the will-you-be-my-best-man gift, groomsmen proposal ideas, and female groomsman proposal box that we put together for Lawrence's friends.
Want More Wedding Ideas?
- Wedding Locations in New York City
- Cheap Places to Have a Wedding in Pennsylvania
- How to Have an Engagement Party on a Budget
- DIY Engagement Favors
- A Sweet Proposal
- Flower Girl Proposal Ideas
- How to Have a Virtual Bridal Shower
And make sure to continue checking out amydgorin.com/wedding for updates on my wedding story!
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I'd love to hear from you! What did you put or receive in a bridesmaid ask box or a maid of honor proposal box? What ideas do you have to make a bridesmaid invitation box super unique? What else do you consider the perfect bridesmaid gift?