- Going With Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses
One of the easiest ways to make your bridal party happy is by going with mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses outfits. Instead of trekking around town in search of the one dress to rule them all, go with a color scheme or overall theme, and let them choose the fit, cut, length, etc.”Allowing your maids to wear a dress of their choosing […] ensures they will [wear] a dress that meets their budget, that fits their style and body type, and that celebrates them as individuals, which will boost their confidence,” Olascoaga says.
It’ll also reduce their stress levels. “Choosing their own style means shopping for their dress on their own terms and schedule,” she says. They can go about in their own time, and find something they love.
- Breaking The Ice
Since your bridesmaids will have to work together on your wedding day, and all the events leading up to it, do them a favor and break the ice, especially if they’ve never met.
For example, you could “them all together for a casual meet-and-greet so they’ll be at ease within the group prior to the start of the wedding festivities,” Jenna Miller, creative director at the national wedding website Here Comes The Guide, tells Bustle. “Or if they live in different parts of the world, you can even do this virtually.”
That way, no one will feel awkward or left out. And, they might even make a few new friends.
- Respecting Their Time
While wedding planning will take up a big chunk of your time, Miller says, it doesn’t necessarily have to be all-consuming for your bridal party, if you take a few simple precautions. This might mean keeping the amount of in-person get togethers and meetings to a minimum, as well as emails and texts, “where brevity is a virtue,” she says.
Instead of bombarding your bridal party with 20-page emails and never-ending group texts, Miller says, keep your communications short and sweet and to the point. And double check everyone’s calendars before planning events, to ensure it’ll fit around their work and school schedules.
- Getting A Wedding Planner
Your bridal party will be there to help manage your big day, but you can’t really expect them to know all the ins and outs of a www.feeltimes.com, or to have the time/energy/money to plan it.
Instead, “give them smaller roles like organizing the bachelorette party, rounding up accessories for the [bridesmaids], joining you at a dress fitting,” Olascoaga says, and consider leaving the bigger roles to the professionals.
Things like organizing the seating chart, making plans with vendors, or determining the flow of the day, Olascoaga says, may be better suited for an actual wedding planner. So if you decide to invest in one, it may mean less stress for everyone.
- Traveling To See Them
“For the bachelorette party, if you live far away from the majority of your [bridesmaids], offer to come to them rather than having them travel to meet you, or suggest a location that’s central and convenient to everyone traveling,” Olascoaga says. “This will cut down on the stress of devising a travel plan and reduce travel spending.”
You may also want to chat about budgets beforehand, so everyone will be on the same page in terms of where wedding events will take place, and what will be expected. If you want to do something over-the-top for your bachelorette party, letting them know well in advance will make it easier for them to plan and save up for it.