Trending: Bridesmaid Invites

Today we’re talking cute and creative ways to ask your girls to stand by your side on the special day! Inviting your bridesmaids to be apart of your engagement and wedding can be an opportune time to let each of them know just how doggone lucky you feel to have them in your life.

Our rule of thumb for this girly affair: set the tone for your wedding as early as you can, and let your maids-to-be in on it! You’re going to need all the help you can get in the months leading up to your big day, and the more vitally important you make your loved ones feel, the more harmonious the planning process will seem.

We’ve scouted a few ideas that we’d like to encourage our As You Wish brides to employ as they invite their bridesmaids to be apart of their journey to the altar..

A Very Important Vessel

Start with a container of any kind- a heart-shaped cardboard box, a mason jar, whatever suits your fancy (check out for a whole host of unique, customizable jars and boxes). Next step- stuff it full of elements that pertain to your wedding day and your friendship. Get personal, and individualize each vessel for your bridesmaids-to-be. A must: include any design elements of your wedding that you’ve decided on. Snatch a few pantone color swatches from your local hardware store. (We love the idea of punching heart-shapes from color swatches specific to your design scheme!) Or, put together an inspiration page of your favorite pinterest finds and print it out for each bridesmaid- they’ll be just as excited about your ideas as you are! Even better, grab a bottle of nail polish that you’d have them wear on the wedding day. Stick in a gift card to their preferred coffee shop, their favorite candy bar, or sweet treat. Include a hand written note with some of the housekeeping details- the wedding date and location, the game plan for finding their attire for the big day, a list of all your bridesmaid’s names, etc. Surprise them with this little treasure left at their door step, or for out of town friends and family members, create a package full of love to be shipped their way (no breakables, though!)

Ask it in Icing

Let’s face it, no girl can say no to dessert. Hand deliver a cupcake from the most divine bakery in town, inscribed with your very important question: “Will you be my bridesmaid?” For out-of-town girls, see if their local bake shoppe does delivery!

Hit Two Birds with One Stone

Give a special bride-to-maids gift when you ask them to stand by your side, instead of waiting until the weekend-of the wedding. Dainty jewelry with each girl’s monogram is typically well-loved by all.

Make them Search for it

What we love about scavenger hunts: they’re sure to start the bonding process among different friend groups early on in the journey to the altar. Consider this idea if all of your bridesmaids live in the same city, and especially if not all of them have met. Corral all of the girls at a central location, and leave clues connected to you, your recent engagement, your future wedding, or your friendships with each of them to guide them to various locations throughout town. Have the final destination be a bar or restaurant where you can meet them and celebrate, drinks on you!

Put it on Paper

Calling all scrapbook lovers! Purchase specialty craft paper that mimics your wedding design scheme. Create a tabbed booklet, complete with photos of you and each bridesmaid-to-be, outlining the details of their maid-ship. Start by popping the big question on the cover of the booklet. Include a page for your color swatches, their wedding day attire, all of the bridesmaid’s names (phone numbers and emails are a good idea, too), the wedding date and location, other important known dates, etc. Conclude with a letter expressing your gratitude for them. Wah-Lah!

Photo Credits: Jenny Martell Photography,,,, Sarah Kate Photography,,

Brilliant Bridesmaids’ Gifts

Planning your wedding can feel like a whirlwind. It’s so easy to get caught up in the cake, the flowers, the band, the color of your mother-in-law’s dress, you name it! Don’t forget to put the same thought and creativity into buying gifts for those nearest and dearest to you to say thanks for participating in your big day! We have assembled a few of our favorite gifts that would work great for your bridesmaids, your mother, aunts, shower hostesses, you name it! If you need more advice, you can always contact us at As you wish…! The Satin Keepsake Clutch by J. Crew works double duty: you can stuff it with goodies and they can use it the night of the wedding!

We love OPI’s new Texas-inspired nail polishes! On the left, Big Hair Big Nails, on the right, Guy Meets Gal-veston!

A wrap or pashmina is always a good idea, especially useful for outdoor weddings on breezy spring and summer nights! Pictured: Refined Silk Cashmere Wrap by J. Crew.

It never hurts to throw in a pair of flip flops for the all-night dance party at the reception! We love these by Havianas.

Charming Wedding Jewelry

Pictured:Heirloom Bracelet by Stella & Dot

Each season, we see updated versions of beautiful classic wedding jewelry.This year, there’s an emphasis on delicate, vintage, heirloom pieces in all the fashion and bridal magazines. Here are some of our new favorites!

Deco Drop Earrings, Freshwater Pearl Dangles, Glint Flower CZ, Josephine Cascade Earrings, Delicate Drop Earrings, Pearl Bouquet Earrings.

These bracelets would look fabulous on a mother of the bride!

Avery Cluster Bracelet, Grace Pearl Bauble Bracelet, Pearl Bouquet Bracelet

We love these brooches for a wedding gown, or attached to the wedding bouquet for a keepsake heirloom!

And don’t forget about your best friends! These matching earrings and cocktail rings would make a great gift for the bridesmaids!

All jewelry is by Stella & Dot and is available for online purchase here.

Clutch Hitter

We love these elegant handcrafted bags, made of detailed embroidery and dupioni silk, with floral, peacock and damask patterns. Be a trend-setter, and have each of your bridesmaids carry one of these down the aisle. Makes a fashion statement , and doubles as a fantastic gift! Still want flowers? Have the clutch open and brimming with beautiful arrangements. For more fashion or floral advice, consult us at As you wish…!

Gifts With a Cause

Make your gift budget work double duty by choosing fair trade products that help support impoverished men and women across the globe. We’ve put together a few gift ideas perfect for your bridesmaids, wedding party, or family! Here’s a few of our favorites:

One Mango Tree provides income for women in war-torn Northern Uganda. They sell the cutest purses, bags, aprons, oven mitts and beaded jewelry just for starters. If you like Vera Bradley, you’ll like this!

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters sells organic fair trade coffee purchased from a family coffee bean farmers in Brazil. They make it a point to pay well above the established Fair Trade Standard prices. {Then they roast the coffee right in Oak Cliff, it’s delicious!} You can sign yourself or a loved one up for a coffee subscription – and they deliver!

Worldcrafts works with 70 different artisan groups in 38 countries to provide fair trade products. We love the scarves and gorgeous table cloths!

Toms for every pair of their shoes you buy, Toms will give a pair to a child in need. Comfy and cute, these would be great to change into at your reception! {We especially love the sparkly white ones on the left.}

Gifts: Thinking Outside the Box

A gift to a bridesmaid or a groomsman is a classic way to express how honored you feel to have them take part in one of the most important days of your life. They’re your closest friends and family members, your nearest and dearest who have traveled from near and far, hosted a party or two in your honor, and perhaps even calmed a little pre-wedding wackiness over the course of the weeks and months leading up to the big day.

So often, however, when searching for the perfect little something for these honored attendants, a shopping trip only turns up the same old, usual suspects. Not to worry – maybe I can help. Before you find yourself humming “It’s all been done…” (gotta love the Barenaked Ladies!) while browsing through an endless supply of ho-hum gifts, check out my go-to list below. From classic to quirky, it covers all the bases, so all that’s left to do is tie on a bow!
The New Classics: Updated and Personalized
HERS: The Floral Etched Purse Mirror from Red Envelope, monogrammed with an initial, is simple and elegant. It stands alone, or would be perfect tucked into a makeup bag with a few beauty essentials in colors to match her dress.
HIS: The Classic Thinfold Wallet from Orvis in tobacco-toned leather with green accents can be embossed with up to six characters.
It’s in the Bag: Style and Function
HERS: Acacia’s Hand-Embroidered Clutch Baguettes come in two eye-catching designs – floral on chocolate or a jewel-toned feather motif. (So cute, you may even want to pick up an extra one for yourself!)
HIS: This handsome Leather Travel Case by Red Envelopecan be personalized with a brass ID plaque. Ideal for destination weddings.
Rock & Roll: Make a Statement
HIS: The Thor Cuff by Rock & Republic in brown or black leather is awesome, and absolutely unexpected.
Playful Presents: Have a Little Fun
HERS: Cowgirl Flour Sack Towels from Uncommon Goods are feisty and functional – “Feeling Lucky, Cowboy?”
HIS: Guys love gadgets, and this Mini-Amp iPod Speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer will become a new favorite.