I've been in my fair share of weddings over the last few years. Not to mention my own. Having a solid group of bridesmaids can really make the whole wedding planning and wedding day experiences that much easier and fun. There are a number of websites and books that tell women how to be the best bridesmaid. I think many are petty and miss the mark incredibly. Insert the perfect opportunity to write my own list:
1. Pray over the bride. Hands down the most important thing. If you aren't a believer and the bride is, arrange to have someone pray over her. This was an amazing moment in my day and I wouldn't have traded it for the world. She will be thankful that you did.
2. Ask how you can help. If your bride is anything like I was, she won't want to assign tasks. I'm a Type A control-freak that will stress herself out over doing everything the way I want it. I needed people who would KEEP asking me how they could help. The second part of this, is to actually mean it when you ask how you can help. Don't just ask because you feel obligated. Ask because you love the bride and want to help her prepare for her big day. You might even help without being asked (gasp).
3. Don't complain. Just don't. Being upfront about what you can and cannot afford or what you do and do not prefer is understandable- if you do it from the outset. Brides need boundaries too. You shouldn't, however, do it in a way that might be conveyed as complaining or wait until the last minute to do so. I was hyper-sensitive around my wedding and although I didn't expect my bridesmaids to spend a million dollars on their dresses, get their nails and hair done professionally, or anything along those lines, I did expect them to wear the colors I chose for my wedding with gladness and stay up late with me the night of my bachelorette. Any kind of complaining left me feeling guilty and upset. Call me petty. There are also things that shouldn't be said to a bride; be mindful of that.
4. Help coordinate other bridesmaids. This is absolutely necessary. Even so if your bride is one of those women that chose all 19 of her closest friends to be in the wedding. Make sure everyone is on time the day of, knows where to be when, is ready to put on a happy face, and is generally helpful to any requests the brides, vendors, or parents might have. This isn't a time to just socialize with each other, it's a time to support your friend.
5. Help coordinate family. This one is key. That crazy uncle who likes to drink a little too much at family events? INTERVENE. The cousin who insists on making negative comments to the bride constantly while she plans her wedding? Keep her away! This can take a ton of stress off the bride.
6. Keep it together at the bachelorette party. Don't be that girl that gets so drunk that she passes out before the night even starts. You are there to celebrate the bride, not to end her night early because you can't hold your alcohol.
7. Support the bride's decisions. Making decisions can be hard for the bride. Often times it comes with upsetting someone because you cannot possibly make everyone happy while planing a wedding. Support the bride's decision, even if you wouldn't have necessarily made it yourself.
8. Take their mind off the wedding. I got SO tired of talking with people about my wedding (we had a 13 month engagement). It was so nice to have friends that would take me out for dinner or drinks and ask me how I was and not just the wedding. It felt nice to know that people still realized I had to do the everyday things just like everyone else.
What might you add?
Hey friends! My name is Nicole and I am married to my best guy, Adam. We have two little dudes we call Emmett Dane and Gideon Brian Steele. I keep the home fires burning in our 120 year-old-house, where I also run a small handmade business; The Parcel Post Company that is rarely fully stocked. You might say I wear my heart on my blog, Today is My Favorite. Most days it's a happy mess of boy toys, our favorite treats and life as a creative. Other days it is brokenness and stories of the life's messiness, though always hopeful that each day we are being remade.
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