BRIDESMAID ETIQUETTE FOR THE BRIDE
How The Bride Can Have Happy
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When your wedding day rolls around, who
will help you settle your wedding day jitters? Who will be
there to help you put your veil on straight and to run interference
with your mother-in-law during your wedding reception? If
you're like most brides, you're lucky enough to have some wonderful
friends and family members to help you out. These are your
bridesmaids. From your engagement party onward, these gals
will be there to help you decide on wedding details and keep you
sane on your wedding day.
You've got a lot on your mind with all of your wedding planning, so
it's easy to get caught up in your wedding drama and become a crazed
But if you want to keep your bridesmaids happy and
smiling through your wedding day, it's important to be thoughtful of
your bridesmaids and understand some key bridesmaid etiquette for
bridesmaids jobs easier and keep them happy with the following tips:
Help Them Look Lovely
If you've ever been in a wedding and you had to wear a hideous
bridesmaid's gown, then you know what its like to want to burn your
wedding attire as soon as the grooms kisses the bride. Sure,
everyone's sense of style is different, but unfortunately it seems
that many brides choose bridesmaids gowns that are simply dowdy and
unattractive. Do your bridesmaids a favor and be considerate
when you choose bridesmaids' gowns. Though you probably can't
make everyone happy, be kind enough to consider your bridesmaids'
different figures and choose a gown (or combination of gowns) that
is likely to suit everyone.
If you know your friends wouldn't be caught dead in a gaudy or
trendy dress, don't select something like it for your bridesmaids'
gowns. Also, if you can, bring along your maid of honor when
you go shopping for bridesmaids' gowns. She can give you some
insight and help you choose a gown that will work for everyone.
Help Them Become Friends
Because there's a good probability that your bridesmaids will come
from different parts of your life – your childhood, your high school
days, etc. - your bridesmaids might never have met. Make it easy for
them to talk and become friends by getting them together for an
outing or at your home. When your bridesmaids all feel
familiar with each other, it will help them work together to plan
your bridal shower and have fun on your wedding day.
Let Them Know the Details
It may be unbelievable, but each detail of your wedding is not
ingrained on your bridesmaids' minds. To make it easier on
them, put all of your wedding details in one place for them to look
at from time to time. It's easy to give them what they need by
creating a document that includes the wedding date, ceremony site,
and the names and phone numbers of all the other bridesmaids.
It is also a good idea to attach a color photo of the bridesmaids
gown with preferred shoe color (if you have one) and information on
where the gown can be purchased.
Give Them Thanks
Your bridesmaids will be a lot more willing to help you out if they
know they're appreciated. Before you get married, treat your
bridesmaids to something special like a spa day, a manicure, a movie
or a casual home cooked meal. When you come back from your
honeymoon, write a special letter to each bridesmaid to let her know
how grateful you are for her friendship and her involvement in your
With these helpful tips, you can not only avoid drama with your
bridesmaids, but you can keep them smiling through your wedding day.