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November 19, 2010

The big question has been asked and now who will stand up by your side on your wedding day?  Brides and grooms have started coming up with creative ways to ask their friends and family to be in their wedding party.  There are unique ways to ask whether you are the artsy type or not.  Below are some fabulous ideas to ask your bridesmaids and your groomsmen to partake in the fun and festivities that come along with being a member of the wedding party!  

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IDEAS FOR THE GALS

Bridesmaid Survival Kit:
We all know that being a bridesmaid can be hectic.  Why not create a bridesmaid “survival kit” for your gals?  Include items that the bridesmaid will need as well as some other tongue-in-cheek items.  Some items that we thought would fit in perfectly are: measuring tape, chart for dress measurements, Zanex for the bride, compact mirror, ear plugs (for long winded speeches), a picture of the bridesmaid’s dresses, etc.  You can get really fun with this one!  If you have not found your bridesmaids’ dresses yet you can play a joke on them by including a picture of a really ugly dress in the kit.  Let’s see how long it takes them to crack!  Don’t forget to add a sweet note asking them to be your bridesmaid too…

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Courtesy of: Style Me Pretty

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Scrapbooks:
If you are the more creative type and have some time to spare, you can design scrapbooks for all of your bridesmaids.  These can be small books that have pages with photos of you and your bridesmaid, maybe a recap of an earlier time or when you first met as well as any momento that you might just have on hand that is special to the two of you.  Each will differ, but that is what makes them - your bridesmaid and the book - so special!  If you are not the artsy type there are websites that you can create the pages on and then have them printed and bound.  Don’t forget to add a card (or sneak a page in) to ask her to be a part of your bridal party.

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IDEAS FOR THE GUYS

We all know that MOST guys don’t like to express their feelings as much as gals do, especially to other guys. Here are a few great ideas for grooms that don’t want to be too ‘soft’ but want to ask their groomsmen in a special way.

Personalized Bottles:
For a sneaky way to ask your groomsmen to be a part of your wedding, photoshop the label of your favorite beer to include the word groomsmen.  Invite the guys over for the game or night out, and give them all the beers with the new groomsmen labels on them.   Let’s see how long it takes them to figure out that the label has been changed!  The label below was made from a Guinness label but any label will work.

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Courtesy of: Wedding Chicks

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Beer Mugs:
Another fun way to ask your groomsmen is by personalizing beer mugs , flasks or shot glasses engraved with their name and the word groomsman or best man.  Not only is it a cool gift that most guys will enjoy (before, during and after the wedding…) but these items make great memorable photo props.  Don’t forget to get one for the groom too!

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IDEAS FOR THE WHOLE WEDDING PARTY

Wine Bottles:
If you don’t want to make something for your wedding party here is a fabulous solution.  We have found two bottles of wine, one is called Bridesmaid Red and the other is “Best Man” Pinot.  Bridesmaid Red is created by three Napa winemakers: Josh Peeples, Drew Neiman, and Pam Starr.  The three wine makers collaborated by blending their excess barrels.  It is a fantastic ‘marriage’ of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a little Syrah.  This wine is a crowd pleaser and a great way to ask all of your bridesmaids.

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Courtesy of: K&L wines

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If you are looking for a way to ask your Best Man to be apart of your special day, Truckee River Winery has created a wine called “Best Man” Pinot.  The Best Man Pinot Noir started as an experiment with fruit, now it has become a favorite for many.  Only 80 cases of this wine have been made so if you are interested in get this for your Best Man (or all your Best Men) then act fast!

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Courtesy of: Truckee River Winery

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Doing an Activity:   Tempt your potential wedding party by asking them to join you in an activity that you like to do together – shouldn’t be too hard!  While together, hand out cards, notes, make a huge sign or even just ask them to be a part of your wedding party.  As long as it is a shared hobby or sport, that is all that matters!

Coming up with a creative, unique way to ask your wedding party can be a lot of fun but can also be challenging.  Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you!

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