Fun Ways To Ask ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?’

He popped the question and now it’s your turn to propose… ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?‘ Whether you are looking for one Maid of Honour or a whole Bride Tribe, asking your bridesmaids is one of the most meaningful tasks to tick off that wedding checklist. If you were planning on a simple phone call or text message, think again! There are so many thoughtful and fun be my bridesmaid ideas that will make her feel extra special (and forgive you when you go a bit bridezilla!) From sending simple cards to saying it with sweets, these creative ideas are sure to be met with a resounding ‘YES!’

With a Card

All your guests will be receiving personal invitations, so you can at least send your girls will you be my bridesmaid cards. Handwritten notes are so much more personal and add a real sense of occasion. There are tons of beautiful personalised designs where you can add her name, or opt for funny will you be my bridesmaid cards if you like to have a giggle.

Personalised Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

Over a Glass of Wine

What girl doesn’t like drinking with their besties, so why not ask over a glass of vino or bubbly. Upgrade your bottle (ideally one of her favourites) with one of these personalised wine labels. Ask her over for mid-week drinks… then ta-dah! The best way to brighten up a Wednesday. She’ll be so excited, she’ll be cracking open that bottle in a prosecco!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Wine Label

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Wine Label

Or a Cuppa

For a more civilised will you be my bridesmaid party, gather your girls for afternoon tea then personalise the mugs with names and the big question! You could even choose a morphing mug to make the big reveal more fun. Bridesmaid mugs make a personal but practical keepsake, and are sure to be put to good use over all those wedding planning sessions! Just add their name or even a photo you two together.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Mug

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Photo Mug

With Sweet Treats

We all know the way to any girl’s heart is with something sweet. So it’s time to get baking (or visit the cake shop). Package up freshly baked cookies, cupcakes or her favourite chocolates with personalised gift wrap like gift tags, stickers, wrapping paper, ribbon or favour bags. After all, you ‘Donut want to say I do without you!’  Who could say no to donuts?

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Tag

In a Balloon or on a Banner

Literally ‘pop’ the question by hiding it inside a balloon – currently one of the most popular ways to ask will you be my bridesmaid. Add a little note or even poem inside balloons, along with some sparkly glitter or sequins for effect, inflate with helium, then present to your BFFs on string or even hidden inside a box. Another high impact idea is to pop the question on a big banner – ours are up to 5 foot long so she won’t miss it. Hang at your party venue or even display it outside her house!

On a Puzzle

Half the fun of asking your bridesmaid is the element of surprise. So draw out the excitement with ideas like scratch cards, treasure hunts, crossword puzzles or a jigsaw puzzle! Let her piece together your big news with a puzzle personalised with her name and even a photo of you together. Perfect for ladies who like a challenge!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Jigsaw Puzzle

With a Goodie Bag

Why settle on one bridesmaid idea, when you can spoil your girls with lots of little presents. Fill a will you be my bridesmaid box or tote bag with goodies like photos of you all together, badges, little bottles of bubbly, beauty products, candles, sweets etc. You could even make them into emergency survival or wedding planning kits and include items like personalised notebooks and post-it notes! They will come in handy over the next few months as you deliver those checklists.

Bridesmaid Tote Bag

Bridesmaid Notebook

We all know that every Kate needs a Pippa, right? Perhaps you have known who will be by your side for years, or you have spent weeks agonising over the decision. Either way, any bridesmaid proposal is bound to be a teary moment and one you will remember for a lifetime. We hope these ideas will make it even more memorable. Whether you are asking your sister, cousin, childhood or university friend, now is the time to start proposing to your girls and let the real fun begin!

New Year, New Workout Routine

You were working out three times a week with fitness classes, DVDs on your mat at home, eating a healthy diet and generally really motivated. Then… all of a sudden it stopped! Christmas landed and your health and fitness plan went out the window. The kids were off on holidays and bar madly running around for Christmas presents, you had no time for exercise. Maybe you were also munching mince pies and enjoying yourself a little too much? Hey, you deserved a little break.

But now everyone’s back to school and back to work, it’s time to get back to fitness! Yes, we know it’s cold and dark outside but if you haven’t rebooted your workout plan for 2018 yet, it’s time to commit. Just follow my five fitness tips and you will get back into shape faster than you think.

1. Set a Date and Time

Before you groan, it doesn’t have to be a Monday. Why not start back on Tuesday… okay well Wednesday. But whatever day you choose, treat it like an appointment. Would you cancel your nails or hair? No, then don’t cancel getting back into your workout regime. Once you get past those difficult first few early morning/after work sessions, you’ll find it so much easier.

2. Be Prepared

Make fitting in your routine as easy as possible. We all know that any excuse and you will roll over in bed or drive straight home past the gym and miss your session. So, pack your gym bag the night before with your workout gear, or leave it out ready if you are a morning exerciser. Charge your iPod, dust off your Fitbit and make sure you have water and a towel!

3. Start Slow

Ease yourself in and you are more likely to keep at it. There’s no point in going at 110% during your first session then not being able to walk for a week! That’s if you even make it in the first place. The scarier the plan, the more likely you are to skive off.  Start off slow and simple, then as you get back into the routine, you can gradually up your game

4. Set Targets

Without a goal, it’s easy to lose commitment. You’ll feel so much more motivated when you work towards and finally achieve something specific. So ask for a fitness programme, hire a personal trainer or, for a more purse-friendly option, just use a fitness app – there are lots of free ones out there. A simple plan like ‘Couch to 5K’ is straightforward but still a challenge.

5. Enjoy It!

If you pick something you enjoy, you are far more likely to stick to it. There are so many different exercise ideas to choose from, it’s easy to find something that suits you. Mix it up and you also won’t get bored! If you are into mindfulness, try yoga. If you’re always the first on the dancefloor, why not join Zumba. Buddying up with a friend can also make fitness far more fun.

So today was the day: Tuesday at 7.00pm, you have that sports bra and leggings on with workout music at the ready. You don’t have to run far, but it will be a run all the same. It might be the endorphins talking but you already feel fitter (maybe a little slimmer) and generally happier!

What are your tips for staying on track with your fitness routine? Together we can do this!

10 Alternative Wedding Guest Book Ideas

Other than your wedding photos, your guest book is one of the few keepsakes you will have to remind you of your big day. So why not opt for an original wedding guest book that matches your theme and interests, and will also bring an element of fun to the reception. Ahead of my own wedding, I’ve been doing a bit of research and gathered 10 unique wedding guest book ideas to choose from!

1. Jenga Guest Book

Who doesn’t enjoy a game of Jenga? Why not ask your guests to each sign a Jenga piece with their well wishes to help you ‘build memories’ forever! You’ll be bringing it out on games night for years to come.

2. Fingerprint Poster Guest Book

Let your guests leave their mark with a fingerprint wedding guestbook. No need for a pen, just an ink pad and a fingerprint poster from Zazzle. There are lots of cute designs with trees, and balloons ready to fill with fingerprints.  This idea is sure to get a big thumbs up from your guests!

Fingerprint Tree Wedding Green Poster

3. Message in a Bottle Guest Book

Perfect for beach or nautical weddings, ask your guests to roll up their notes and pop them in a big empty glass bottle. Not only will it look good in your venue, you’ll have a lot of love in one jar to reminisce with.

4. Photo Guest Book

If you are hiring a photo booth or setting up a polaroid photo stand with props, ask your guests to stick their silly snaps into a scrapbook. Then you can look back and giggle at the bad wigs and hats.

5. Jigsaw Puzzle Guest Book

Why not set out custom jigsaw puzzle from Zazzle for guests to play when taking a break from the dancefloor. They can also sign the back of the pieces with their messages. Then you piece them together again at a later date.

Brush Typography

6. Wishing Wedding Tree Guest Book

Wedding ‘wishing trees’ are becoming popular centrepieces. For a personal touch, leave out custom gift tags from Zazzle for your guests to sign and then hang on the tree.

7. Marriage Advice Cards

You know by now that advice is handed out whether you like it or not, or choose to listen. Well why not take all the tips in one go with wedding advice cards. Then read them as newlyweds on date night!

 8. Vintage Travel Guest Book

This is one for the globetrotters! Ask your guests to sign a vintage globe with travel stories or ideas for future trips. This would also work with a world map or the back of vintage travel postcards, both available on Zazzle!

9. Piñata Guest Book

Buy a Piñata (or crafty types could make their own) then ask guests to add their notes, jokes and words of wisdom inside. You can break it open on your first anniversary!

10. Personalised Guest Book

If you would still prefer a traditional guest book, create a personalised version from Zazzle, with your photos on the front and back.

So there you have it, there are so many quirky ways to jazz up the ordinary wedding guest book and bring an extra personal touch to your day.  Which one should I go for?!