No one wants to be thought of as a bridezilla, but when you’re deep into your wedding planning, it’s easy to forget about the people who you asked to be apart of your special day. Your bridesmaids plan your wedding showers, host your celebrations, and provide you the support you need when it comes to everything from saying yes to the dress to saying no to that cover band. Most importantly, they’re a safe place to express all of the fear and joy you have surrounding such a momentous occasion in your life.
So, how can you give their day a little extra sparkle? Give some of these ideas a try:
When you first choose your wedding party, consider offering each potential bridesmaid something special to invite them into your celebration. Bridesmaid (or even groomsmen!) proposals, as they’re called, have become incredibly popular since the advent of creative sharing sites like Pinterest. Consider a boxed card with a catchy phrase, such as, “I couldn’t say I do without you,” and include a special gift or something that ties into your wedding, such as nail polish in your planned wedding colors. Your bridesmaids will immediately feel connected to you and to your special day. Already asked your bridal party? Consider offering up a thank you present, like matching necklaces that can be worn by all during the wedding. Other choices include bride and bridesmaid robes or hangers that can be meaningful mementos long after the wedding day.
Consider Their Choices
There’s no question that your wedding is your own, but if you happen to be feeling flexible when it comes to your bridal party’s attire, you might find it fun to let your bridesmaids have some insight into their own clothing. Ask them what dress cuts or shoe choices make them feel the most confident, and consider incorporating these items into your design. Some brides even let their bridal party each wear a different outfit, as long as it still fits the colors or theme of the wedding day. You also might take the time to consider everyone’s budget, particularly if your bridal party is paying for their own attire. After all, when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, there are so many stunning, affordable options. While you no doubt have a clear vision of your own wedding dress, be sure to let your bridal party experience the joy of you selecting and trying on your choices. Make a day of it — and let them snap lots of pictures! Take plenty of photographs of them trying on their attire, too!
Schedule a Spa Day
Try to find time to get you and your bridal party together for a little R & R before the wedding. Grab a manicure and pedicure at a professional hot spot, or just gather at someone’s house for face masks and good conversation. Tensions can easily build as the stress of the wedding day approaches. A bridal party day reminds you all of your friendships, and to take the time to enjoy this special moment. Plus, bridesmaids who may have not known each other as well before your wedding can use this time to bond, leading to an incredible bridal team.
Make Sure Everyone Knows Their Role
You don’t want anyone to feel left out or confused. Make sure everyone knows their role in the bridal party. Good communication will make everything go smoothly, and keep everyone happy. If there’s something you expect of a bridesmaid, let them know! At the same time, if there’s a bridesmaid who seems to want to be more involved, think of ways that you could let them participate.
Express Your Gratitude
Perhaps the most important thing that you can do for your bridal party is to simply express your gratitude. Let them know how happy you are to have them be apart of your special day, thank them often, and keep the lines of communication clear and open. Remember that wedding days come and go, but the love that you’ll share with your friends, family, and future spouse is forever.
Did you do a bridal party proposal or an appreciation gift? How do you plan to make your bridal party feel special? Let us know in the comments!