So you’ve picked out a few friends to help you celebrate your special day. They are your best friends, so you’ve made them bridesmaids. What an honor, huh? Well, sometimes. The truth is, that being in a friend’s wedding can be exciting, but it can also be downright expensive and at times, boring. What is a bride to do? Here are a few tips for keeping your bridesmaids happy:
1. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT force your bridesmaids to wear dresses with hideous colors and/or shapes that do not suit them. Yes it is “your day” as you will hear for what seems like the first and last time in your whole life (birthdays notwithstanding). However, that does not give you the right to make others suffer. Seriously consider dark colors, which look good on everyone. They have the added bonus of providing a stark contrast to your dress, which is exactly what you want.
2. On that note, why not let your bridesmaids pick out their own dresses? They don’t even have to match. If you’re not too concerned with uniformity, this option works well. Set a color and/or fabric if you so choose, and trust them to make the right decision. There are even stores that cater to black and white options. You don’t just have to look at traditional bridal shops. There are now more choices to be had at regular department stores.
3. Make sure that you give your bridesmaids a nice gift. After all, they have had to buy a dress and sometimes travel long distances just to be in your wedding. There are a lot of good ideas out there. Some brides will treat their bridesmaids to a manicure or pedicure. I personally prefer a full body massage. It is a nice way to relax just before taking center stage. Check spa coupons for deals.
4. Honor dietary requests. Don’t provide only entrees laden with meat for vegetarians and vegans. Likwise, consider gluten-free options if necessary. Several bakeries provide these. Better yet, some places do not require you to have a licensed cake maker. You can easily save money on a cake by having a fiend or family member make it using ideas from gluten free cookbooks.
5. Consider seating bridesmaids with their friends and spouses, rather than having the requisite bridal party table.
6. Don’t forget to say thank you. You can easily make your own thank you cards for a personal touch with a reasonable price.