Glossies Made Me: Let’s Discuss Bridesmaid Proposals

Posted March 1, 2019 by shooting in Discussion / 26 Comments

monthly magazine finds

Happy March! Today is actually my mom’s birthday, so Happy Birthday to her! It’s time for the March 2019 edition of Glossies Made Me Do It, which I co-host with Ashley. Has a magazine made you do anything lately? Try a recipe? Read a book? Have a discussion? Write a post and link up with us below!

Cosmopolitan: March 2019 Issue

For this month, I found an article in the March 2019 issue of Cosmo that I wanted to discuss. If you’re looking for the magazine, it has the lovely Lana Condor on the cover!

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So You Want To Be My Bridesmaid?

There is an article in this issue called Extreme Bridesmaid Proposals and two different women talk about the elaborate way they were asked to be in a friend’s wedding – the first person loved it, and the second one thought it was more for Instagram photos and she didn’t feel it needed to be as big of a deal.

While I’m not married, I do think doing something fun to ask people to be your bridesmaids/maid of honor is a great idea. It just shows that you really care about them and their answer. I’ve been a bridesmaid and a maid of honor in the past – and I’m going to be a bridesmaid again this September. None of my friends really did anything when they asked. The first time my friend called me on the phone and asked me to a bridesmaid. When I was asked to be a maid of honor (the wedding was this past December!) I was given a really sweet card and that’s something I’ll always keep. As for the wedding I’m going to be in later this year, I knew she was going to ask me so it wasn’t a big surprise and again, it was just a low key “will you be my bridesmaid?”

I don’t mind that my friends didn’t do that much when they asked me, but whenever I get married, I want to do something a bit more exciting. There are always cute ideas on Pinterest and my sister’s been asked in really sweet ways. It doesn’t need to be a huge party (or scavenger hunt, like one of the examples in the magazine), but I do like the idea of a sweet note and a little gift. Just something to show you truly care about the person and appreciate them being in your wedding.

What do you think? If you’re married, how did you ask people to be in your wedding?

Do you like elaborate ideas, or more low-key ones?

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26 responses to “Glossies Made Me: Let’s Discuss Bridesmaid Proposals

  1. When I asked my bff to be my maid of honor, I turned to her and asked, without even giving it any though! lol. Of course, this was way before the Pinterest days!

  2. I’ve never been a bridesmaid— and I’m so glad!!! I was MOH for my middle sister, and most of my friends had super casual or small weddings or just haven’t gotten married. I also just had my sisters walk the aisle. No fuss — no drama. 🤣

  3. As someone who had her best friend in college not even ask her to be a bridesmaid, and then having been bridesmaid for family members in the past and others, I’m okay with a low key request. To me it seems so much over the top to do big proposals for this. I do enjoy when people do funny surprises to tell people that they’re engaged. That’s fun. Of course I’m kind of an introvert, so probably that could be why I wouldn’t want the big proposal. Fun post!

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  4. I guess I never really thought about it when I got married, but now I do wish I would have done something. Even something like a card is really sweet.

  5. I’ve been asked over lunch. I’ve been drunkenly asked late at night. I’ve been asked in a sweet letter. I’ve been asked with a card and little goodie bag that contained the nail polish I was supposed to wear as well as some self-care items. Hmmm… I think that’s all the times I’ve been asked.
    I can’t remember how I asked most of my bridesmaids. I think I just called and asked many of them. I DID give one of them a box with a ring pop in it with a cute note and some goodies. That doubled as her Xmas gift, though so I’m not sure that I did that for everyone/anyone else. LOL

  6. I just asked my girls, probably on the phone or something, it wasn’t anything huge. I think it’s a fun idea to do something special though and with so many fun ideas out there now if I were getting married now, maybe I would.

  7. I like the idea of doing something special, but they can certainly get out of control!! My budget was already super tight, so I didn’t have much to splurge on the “wedding party proposal.”

    I did something little, but my girls and brother already expected it, so it wasn’t a huge deal. I got each of them a little navy blue paper bag which held little champagne bottles and blue hair ties for the girls, and a bud light tall can (no idea what the ounces were) for my brother. The highlight of the little package were the handmade cards that I ordered for each of them from Etsy. Each card fit each person’s personality and I had SO much fun shopping for the right card and then writing a littler personal blurb in them.

    I’m glad I saved money there because it allowed me to spend quite a bit more on my thank you gifts for everyone that I really wanted to get them 🙂

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  8. Alexandra

    I was recently asked to be a bridesmaid and it was so exciting! I love the idea of doing something special for my friends when I can 🙂

  9. I’ve never been a bridesmaid and when I got married we went super low-key so I didn’t have any bridesmaids! However, I find the elaborate stuff utterly ridiculous. I mean, make it special if that’s your thing, but doing stuff ‘just for the pictures’ is getting on my nerves.

  10. Happy birthday to your mom! I don’t buy many magazines anymore but I still like sitting and relaxing with one once in a while. 🙂

  11. … there are bridesmaids proposals now? I guess I haven’t been asked, so I’m in the camp of it not being a big deal — but I guess if you have been asked, it is kind of exciting to be part of something so happy. (Also Lana Condor is <3) Do you have pics of you in your bridesmaids dresses?!?)

  12. Happy belated birthday to your mom! I’ve never been asked in an elaborate way but was okay with it. I suppose it’s “to each their own”.

  13. I was my sister’s maid of honor, when I was in college, so my mom paid for everything, and I had moved out of state after college, and kind of dodged most of the wedding party invites. I was asked to be a bridesmaid for my sorority little sister, and I was honored, but as the costs kept escalating, I had to bow out. Travel and hotel expense, rental cars, and $350+ dress is asking a lot. And, don’t get me started on all these OTT proposal type things. Everything is all for show these days, and the more elaborate they make it, the less sincere it seems to me.

  14. Jen

    Gosh I didn’t even know this was a thing. I think it sounds kind of fun, but it should be sincere and not just for photos.

  15. I’ve only been in my cousin’s wedding, I think she just asked us in person when she told us she got engaged. it was not a big deal.

  16. I read this while taking a bubble bath because that is my jam, and I was SO annoyed by the second, complain-y person! Like okay, I get if it isn’t really your cup of tea, but girl, she was just asking you to be in her wedding and giving you gifts, what even!? I don’t think I’d personally do it because I do find it a little hokey but I certainly wouldn’t judge anyone else- I think it’s sweet that they want their friends to know how much they care!

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