Friendships go through similar trials and tribulations to that of romantic relationships. When you’ve gone through the good, bad, and the ugly with your closest friends, it’s only natural that a proposal is in order for them too!
Nowadays, proposals aren’t meant JUST for brides! ‘Proposing’ to your bridal party is not only a way to assemble your official party, but it’s a creative way to express gratitude to your closest friends.
This would be the exact case for your bridal party. In addition standing with you on your big day, they are also investing towards this day as much as you!
Here are some ways to ease the pressure off your party:
Give them more time than guests to make a decision: Being a part of the wedding entails as much involvement as you and your partner. When you propose to your bridal party, it’s good to give them plenty of advance notice regarding ‘when and where’ of your big day. This takes pressure off of them to make a quick decision (which can be potentially problematic, if they say YES right away, and are unable to make it).
No Pressure: As much as you’d love for your friends to be there, understand that a destination wedding might not be feasible for some. It’s good to emphasize that they are under no obligation to say ‘yes’ if this was the case.
Cover some necessary expenses: Though it may be out of your budget to cover your bridal party’s travel expenses, it’d be good to cover some other inevitable costs that might add up in their budget. Wedding items like the gowns, suits, and hair & makeup can be a big expense when you’re also paying for flights and accommodations. Covering this, takes off monetary pressure from the bridal party. It’s also a great way to say thank-you to your party for being there!
Host events on destination: Aside from the financial investment, bridal parties also have to put in plenty of time to host pre-wedding events to celebrate you! Try to host your as many of the events while you’re on destination. Not only does this make it easier in terms of determining everyone’s availability (everyone will be there), it also adds more fun during your time on destination!