Being asked to be a bridesmaid is always exciting, but it can also be difficult to know exactly what’s expected of you. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, and even if she doesn’t ask, your friend is bound to appreciate some help from you. Here’s how to be the world’s best bridesmaid.
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Offer To Help With DIY Projects
Many brides get overwhelmed with taking on lots of DIY projects for their wedding, whether to save money or after getting carried away on Pinterest. If she’s bitten off more than she can chew, offer to help. You could help her make centre-pieces, help design wedding invites from Pure Invitation, or help with making place cards. The bride is sure to appreciate the help.
Remember It’s Not About You
Sometimes bridesmaids can cause more stress than they mean to. Try to remember that this is your friend’s wedding, and she’s chosen you because she wants you there with her. Try not to let your ego cause any issues. Avoid being difficult about decisions like the hen party, bridesmaid dresses, or hair and makeup. She might choose something that isn’t entirely to your taste but try to feel confident in it regardless.
Be The Calm In The Storm
Wedding planning is stressful, and there’s bound to be times when the bride needs to vent. Whether she’s worrying about the cost of it all, dealing with difficult wedding vendors, or is having disagreements with her future mother-in-law, be a calm, listening ear. Try not to caught up in the stress yourself, and instead, stay calm and just let her get it off her chest.
Keep It Personal
If you’re part of planning the hen party, don’t get too caught up in what the internet tells you the ultimate hen party is. Instead, spend some time thinking about what your friend would actually like. Most hen party suggestions are for things like burlesque dance classes, shots, and partying. If this is what your friend likes, great! But if she’s less of a party girl, perhaps she’d prefer a spa weekend, a cooking class, or a sight-seeing trip. Whatever you plan, tailor it for her.
Get To Know The Venue
On the wedding day, the venue staff should be asking anyone but the bride and groom to deal with any problems. Make yourself known to whoever on staff is managing the wedding, and leave them your phone number so they can approach you to deal with any issues that might arise. If you can, sort out these issues yourself, without worrying the bride with them.
Pack An Emergency Kit
On the day of the wedding, all sorts of small things can go wrong. Be prepared by packing a small emergency kit. Pack things like painkillers, safety pins, hair grips, spare tights, deodorant, make-up wipes, and period supplies. That way, you’re ready to handle any wardrobe malfunctions, make-up mishaps, surprise periods and headaches. Someone is bound to be grateful that you came prepared.
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