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Cocktail themed bridesmaids proposal gifts

One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is asking the special ladies in your life to be in your bridal party! With our wedding only five months away, it was the perfect time to put together creative bridesmaids proposals that matched the theme of our wedding - a low key cocktail reception with delicious food and a lot of dancing.


More often than not brides will give their family or closest friends curated "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" gift boxes, bags, and treats to make them feel like a meaningful part of your special day. They are also the squad that does a lot for you from the moment you ask leading up to your wedding day - from the bachelorette party to fixing your veil during photos - so it's important to show them how much you appreciate their support.


While there are so many wonderful companies and Etsy dealers that sell pre-made boxes, if you're in the mood for a DIY, I wanted to share tips and tricks for building your own that you will enjoy making as much as giving.

Pick a theme

There are so many themes and ideas to explore for bridesmaid proposals, which can get overwhelming! My best advice is to select items that are meaningful to the relationship you have built or a gift-set that complements the theme of your wedding.


When asking my bridesmaids, I selected a cocktail theme give our reception is cockatil focused without a plated dinner (but we'll have lots of delicious stations and bites for guests to mix and mingle).


Each element I included in the proposal laddered back to the cocktail theme, including:

- Sugarfina Rosé gummies

- Cocktail themed candles

- Mini (or large!) rosé bottles with custom 'I can't say I do without you' labels (purchased from peachyprintsuk Etsy shop)

- Pink ring dish

- Cocktail tote bag

- Kate Spade proposal cards


For my Maid of Honors, I also added cocktail napkins and a wine bottle opener. There are really so many lovely options and items you can choose from, so don't be afraid to visit your local gift shops, Home Goods, Anthropologie, Target or other stores to curate the best items for the bride tribe.

Stick to a budget

Depending on how many bridesmaids you have, things can ADD UP! Before purchasing items, set a budget for the total amount you want to spend and also how much you want to spend for each bridesmaid. Sometimes you can buy items in bulk or wait to leverage sales when you know there are certain items you want to splurge on verse others.

Incorporate items that complement your theme

One of the fun parts of selecting a theme is incorporating items that capture the essence of it! With cocktails being the focus of the bags, I found candles that were cocktail themed, selected alcohol infused candy, and also added items like cocktail napkins or a wine bottle opener to ensure it was cohesive. It's important to give yourself enough time to curate the items, and try different stores too! Whether online, at Target or Home Sense or your local home store!

Find a special moment to surprise your ladies

The most exciting part of creating the bags is actually presenting them to your bridal party! If schedules permit, hosting a gathering with everyone is always a fun way to do it. However, I ended up spacing mine out based on when I was seeing my ladies to give them each a special moment. When you do give your bridal party their proposals, make sure to enjoy the moment together and soak up the excitement, after all it's truly so meaningful!